“Work hard today and work even harder tomorrow.” ~ Naomi Chin Wing
Naomi Chin Wing from the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago has taken the modeling world by storm. Her debut fashion show was Yves St Laurent, which created a domino effect opening doors to the catwalks of some of the most prestigious shows in the fashion industry where she walked in shows that featured Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
Born in Trinidad, Naomi hails from Malick. Life at high school was a challenge, as she was bullied because she was tall and towered over her fellow students. That said, close friends and family turned the situation around by seeing her height as a positive and told her that she was the right height and build for modeling and she should consider it. Thus the seed was planted and she envisioned a career in modeling.
In 2015, in pursuit of that career at just fifteen years old she at attended a fashion workshop in Port of Spain. It was here that she was discovered by the host – Christopher Nathan the CEO of by Coco Velvet International’s (CVI). As soon as he saw her he knew her height, build and ethnicity were perfect for a career in modeling. She was 5ft 11, with a diverse mixture of African, Chinese and East Indian heritage.
Two years later Naomi at the age of 17 years old she was fashion show ready. Many of us think that two years sounds like a long time to become a model, but modeling consists of so many factors. It takes a lot of character building, especially learning things from within like self-confidence and strength. Confidence is key to modeling; something Naomi initially lacked being a shy individual. She also had to learn how to command a presence while exuding style, elegance and grace with a perfect posture.
She signed a global modeling contract with IMG Models which is a widely recognized agency with offices in London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris and Sydney. Once signed, IMG Models manages and maximizes Naomi’s career.
Life in Trinidad came to a close and together with her mother, they moved from the community of Malick to the big city of London in the United Kingdom. Then in September 2017, at the age of just 17 years old, Naomi made her runway debut for Yves Saint Laurent during the Paris Fashion Week. In fact, she was hand-picked by Anthony Vaccarello the creative director for Yves Saint Laurent’s spring/ summer 2018 show in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop!
One of the highlights of her career is to have already met her model idol. After a show for the British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Naomi got the shock of her life when her idol Naomi Campbell came back stage to meet her. Campbell even offered a few words of advice by telling her to be the good Naomi.
And the good Naomi Chin Wing is, having a good time on the runways for international designers Rochas Paris, Altuzarra, Giambattista Valli, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Maison Valentino. She has already been a part of the New York Fashion Week 2018, the London Fashion Week for 2018 and the Paris Autumn/Winter 2018 Fashion Week!
While many first time models dream and aspire to make it into top fashion magazines. Naomi has gone on to grace the pages of Elle, Harpers Bazaar India, Germany’s Material Magazine and Britain’s Vogue, POP Magazine, Vogue Spain, Heroine Magazine and Vogue Italia to name but a few.
The future holds a place for her on the runway of Victoria Beckham, Givenchy Haute Couture, Valentino Couture, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy Haute Couture, Calvin Klein and the list goes on.
InStyle, recently recognized her as one of fourteen models who were categorized as ‘a new class of high fashion runway model’ because of their humility and simple beginnings. Instyle noted that Naomi is unlike the handful of models that make it in the industry because of famous parents. They went on to say she is a diverse and empowered woman who is definitely one to watch. Christopher Nathan had this to say, “I am extremely satisfied with her high performance standard, her commitment to give her very best effort at modeling assignments and I look forward to her rising to the top of the modeling industry.”
But for all that she has achieved, in such a short space of time Naomi is the first to admit that she didn’t come from much and wants to make her family’s life better in Trinidad. She also intends to continue her education while pursing modeling. When asked which runway is the one she’d like to grace in the future, she says ‘Victoria’s Secret’ because it reminds her of the flamboyant Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
In an incredibly fast paced, highly competitive industry, we here at Caribbean POSH wish Naomi all the best, may you be confident and keep up the energy levels, have courage and stamina and impress with your behavior, style, and lifestyle.