An Artist, Model and Creative Director
Shei Phan is more than a gorgeous body and pretty face. She is absolutely talented in all aspects of art. Not only was she seen on America's Next Top Model, but she can draw, paint and create video content that will blow you away. In this interview she talks about women empowerment and her brand Panadanation. We were inspired by her, hopefully you will too. "STAY BEAUTIFUL, STAY CREATIVE, STAY HUMBLE" - Shei Phan
Hellotittie: Why do you think Women’s History Month is so Important?
Shei Phan: I think it is very important to celebrate women, it should be all year long if it were up to me. We've done so much and showing appreciation to all the strong women leaders out there is definitely a must.
HT: What does Women Empowerment mean to you?
SP: Women Empowerment means a lot to me, I grew up in a single parent home, with just my mother. There were no limit to the things she did to make sure we had a good childhood. Women are the creators of the world and we should have the recognition we deserve. Men say that there are just somethings that are meant for men to do, but honestly if men had half the responsibilities that women have they wouldn't make it.
HT: How long have you been into art?
SP: I have been into art since the day I could pick up a pencil or crayon (laughs). Art runs in my family, I was the only one to want to make a career out of it though.
HT: When did you know art was your passion?
SP: I always knew art was my passion. Everything I ever did always led me back to art. This is what God created me to do, I mean we were all created to be creators, but we just have to be able to trust ourselves and allow that to happen. I'm still learning everyday who I am as an artist, but it's a journey that I must take. I know I will go where I'm suppose to be.
HT: You have a brand Pandanation, can you tell us more about it?
SP: Pandanation is a fashion/art movement that I have created to bring unity within today's society. The characters has no boundaries to what he/she can do and who they can be.
HT: What advice do you have for women who want to start their own brand?
SP: Follow your heart and vision and do it. It will be hard no doubt, but no one else is going to do it for you! We have that crazy power if we put our mind to something we want to do, nothing can stop us. So find that determination from within and go at it with full force.
HT: We noticed you were on ANTM how was that experience?
SP: It was definitely an experience I won't forget. I always told myself that one day I would be on that show and it happened. Being able to be in that world and experience all those people on set with the photoshoots and challenges helped me realize that art is where I really need to be. I love modeling because it is another art outlet for me, but to do it full time isn't for me. Being judge on the way you look can really fuck up a person, but I took all the comments and put it in my art.
HT: Do you have any plans for 2018?
SP: Yes, 2018 is my year to really focus on myself as an artist. I got lost the last couple of years, trying to figure out where I fit in exactly, but I realized it's not about where I fit in but where I stand out. So 2018, I am moving back home and creating on a level that no one has seen before. Taking all the experiences I had of being a full time model, living in Miami, LA and New York, being on America's Next Top Model, the nightlife, working on set with rappers, traveling and meeting lots of different characters and applying that to the story that I need to tell through my art. I plan on creating shows that really captivate the audience attention where they truly feel like they are apart of the story as well. So I'm leaving New York for awhile and when I return I'll be truly ready to stand out. "To succeed, one must be willing to disappear for awhile."