For our latest Meet the Muse installment, we flew over to Singapore to snap local beauty Narelle Kheng. Shot by Highsnobiety alum Timothy Suen, Narelle can be seen in a series of outfits crafted by Pigalle, Christian Dada & OFF-WHITE.
We asked Kheng a few questions in order to get to know her a little better. See what she had to say below and check out our previous muse Tabitha Nauser.
What was your first big gig?
I don’t actually know to be honest. Been blessed with some incredible opportunities, but it feels more like a slow steady climb. But the “gig” I’m the most proud of would be the Take Heart concert in 2016.
Who or what are you currently inspired by?
At this point, cultures and incredibly talented people. Been chugging away at the next album and together with the band we teamed up with two talented Swedish kids and it’s just been insane being able to pique their minds. I’ve always found inspiration more in the process of things rather than the final product, and cultures because they’re humbling and eye-opening, and I’ve always been fascinated with people.
What was the thing that first got you interested in fashion?
It was more the idea that I could be different and stand out. Also I’ve always been aesthetically concerned about things in general so fashion seems like an obvious byproduct.
How has your style changed over the years?
I’ve been through so many phases in life in terms of personality and preferences, and naturally my style just tags along. I used to be obsessed with colors, then went really monochrome then back to bringing in bright pops. That also had to do with the fact that I kept changing my hair color (laughs). But something that always seems to stick would be a taste of grunge in everything. And sneakers over heels everyday.
Describe your current style.
I’ve been really obsessed with ’80s/’90s grunge and colors. A lot of orange, pink, yellow and blue. Really textured.
What is the thing that gets you out of bed each morning?
The idea that there’s something interesting waiting for me.
If you weren’t doing what you are now, where would you work?
Honestly, I don’t want to think about it and I really couldn’t say even. Definitely in the media or arts somewhere. I’ve always wanted to be a writer/director so maybe running along the lines of that.
Would kill to land a song with The Weeknd or Coldplay.
If you weren’t in your current city, where would you live?
NEW YORK CITY. It’s a city for dreamers and madmen. It’s overwhelming and passionate and smells like pee.
Who is the film character you’re most like?
(laughs) I wanna say Faye Wong in Chungking Express.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Live in the moment. Nothing else matters in this world but the experiences you have and what you feel because everything else is superficial. So as long as I know I’m enjoying every moment I’m in, I know I will have led a good life.
What’s your motto?
Last lesson you learned?
How to cut toxins from my life.
Describe your perfect day.
A day where I don’t have to put on a bra (laughs)…but it really depends on my mood. Right now, a perfect day is exactly what I’m doing at this moment – which is being in the studio writing music with the best people.
How do you relax?
Alone in my room with a good TV series/book/music. So. Good.
What in life are you most grateful for?
For my privilege in some sense. Just the idea of being able to pursue the things that I love, and to be able to make my own decisions and have control of my life.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
Telekinesis or telepathy! Or I’ve always wanted to be a good fighter. If I could wake up a kung-fu master that would be pretty awesome.
What is something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time, but haven’t yet?
Scuba diving! There’s something very magical about being underwater because it’s practically a totally new world down there in the deep dark scary ocean. I’m a sci-fi geek so the thought of being able to in some ways transport myself into another dimension is really enthralling.
What album do you currently have on repeat?
If it’s a full album then Frank Ocean’s Blonde. Hated it the first few times actually (laughs), but yea, finally hopped on the bandwagon.
What is your most treasured item of clothing?
Probably this long lace white kimono that I wore in my music video for “Some They Lie.” It has a lot of sentimental value because it was hand sewn by my best friend and that song also means a lot because it bookmarks a really difficult and transitional time of my life.
What is your most treasured possession?
A sketchbook of my mom’s drawings and a notebook she filled up for my brother and I before she passed, where she sort of penned down some life lessons and notes to us.