Growing up in Sabah before moving to KL to study, Shir Chong has come a long way to become who she is now. Beginning her journey into modeling with 8TV's I Wanna Be A Model after college, her talent and looks were quickly noticed and she quickly jumped to higher lengths in her modelling career. Most recently, she returned to the show as a judge and mentor, serving valuable lessons and experience to other aspiring models. With numerous spreads, covers and spots throughout her career, we catch a few moments with her to talk passion, loving what she's doing and her guilty pleasure.
ESQUIRE: Do you think a passion for something can drive us crazy sometimes?
SHIR CHONG: At certain time, yes. It’s shows how much we care and wish to achieve.
ESQ: Is self expression important?
SC: Self expression comes in different forms, not just language. Hence, it’s important to connect us with the likeminded or to share our identity/culture to the world.
ESQ: Why do you love what you’re doing?
SC: Because I’ll never get bored with the things I love. It was the creativity that drew my fascination during the earlier days, then the business and professionalism followed as well as the challenges and craft behind it.
ESQ: People that try to live up to other’s expectation, what do you think of that?
SC: I think it’s important to start within ourselves as our journey belongs to us at the end of the day. We can only reach out to more when we can have peace within ourselves.
ESQ: What’s your guilty pleasure?
SC: Getting out of the town for a sick holiday.
ESQ: Do you think that these days, a lot of people tend to judge things by the cover?
SC: I think so. Perhaps being influenced by the system or fast paced era we’re living in, we tend to believe we’ve already known most things. Even in this millennial era, it’s still weird to be the black sheep amongst the social norm.
ESQ: Are you a "plan for the future" kind of person or "live in the moment" kind of person?
SC: Definitely the "live in the moment" kind of person. It's meaningless if we can’t even take good care of what we want to achieve now and keep focusing on things beyond our control. However, it doesn’t mean that I’m just going with the flow, I still want to have certain sense of direction and path my way step by step.
ESQ: What are the important things in life that you think people tend to overlook?
SC: Humanity, which is the ability to love and have compassion towards small little things in life, not just towards us human, but also to the world we’re living in.
ESQ: What’s the one thing that would surprise other people about you?
SC: I’m actually a goofy and clumsy person.