Nalin feels an affinity with the iconic Keep Walking campaign from Johnnie Walker. "Keep walking and keep doing – that's exactly my attitude," she says. Hopefully, through doing what I do, I can inspire others who might be going on a similar journey or looking for similar life experiences."
And Nalin's incredible journey is inspiring. As a teenager, she was profoundly affected by Lady Gaga, who stormed onto the pop scene in a swirl of eccentric fashion and heartfelt, pro-LGBTQIA+ messages. "She taught me that it's OK to be brave and different – and OK to be yourself," says Nalin, who is transgender. Gaga also showed her that "there's no one way to be a woman", but when Nalin began her fashion studies around a decade ago, the idea of modelling for a living seemed out of reach. "There were no transgender models in Thailand back then," she says. "There were some successful gay and trans people, but they were all comedians or working in TV."
Still, Nalin kept saying yes when friends asked her to pose for their photography projects. "I was like, this is so fun!" she recalls. "But I still had no aspiration to be a model because it felt so impossible at that time."