Joey Mead King: 'I Married My Dream Date'

The model and host enumerates her sources of inspiration, talks about her proudest moment, and looks back at her career.

What time did you wake up today?
6:30 a.m.

What’s the first thing you usually do when you wake up?
I open my bedroom windows, then I hit my singing bowl three times and light an incense stick.

What are you up to today?
I have several domestic errands to accomplish before lunch, including heading to the bank and doing the groceries.

What was for breakfast?
Tapa, brown rice, and an egg.

Earliest fashion memory?
Elle Macpherson jumping high in a white swimsuit in an Australian fashion editorial. 

Fashion staples?
Several pairs of butt-hugging and -lifting jeans, an assortment of loose-collared shirts, a black body-conscious dress that can serve a dual function and be used for day and evening. Blazers and statement pieces that can uplift any outfit and be worn with jeans or slacks. I prefer multi-functioning pieces over trends.

How would you describe your style?
I favor comfort and multifunction for daily wear and gravitate toward boho chic and structure depending on how I feel and where I’m going.


You’re the new face of Harlan+Holden. What do you love about the label?
They have a mixture of pieces for the modern woman and dependable styles for the habitual gal—I’m a mix of both types.

What are your favorite pieces from the new Harlan collection?
I like the 4bc extension skirt, shirtdress, pencil skirt, and cowl-neck dress.


Images of Joey from Harlan+Holden's latest campaign 

What do you wear at home?
A pair of shorts with loose T-shirts, long dresses, robes, or swimsuits.

What fragrance are you wearing?
Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.

Favorite tourist attraction around the world?
Marrakech in Morocco. 

Any signature accessories?
Turquoise jewelry. My wedding ring is turquoise set in rose gold.

Muses or style icons?
Nicole Ritchie, Ruby Rose, and Gwen Stefani.

What influences your style?
My emotions.

Any workouts or fitness routines you’re committed to?
TRX and boxing.

Other consuming passions?


How often do you entertain? What sort of entertaining? Formal? Casual?
About once a month. We like barbecues and it’s always casual in our home.

Entertaining staples?
Very colorful plates.

Your tip to a memorable celebration?
Music, always.

What’s your favorite meal to serve your guests?
Lately, we have been serving food from my spouse’s new business, Wok to Go. Like I said, we are very casual!


Favorite drinks or other meal accompaniments?
I love filtered sake.

Dream dinner guests
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with all of their kids. It’s my dream that they are still together.

What music is on your playlist now?
Songs from the ’80s and ’90s, alternative and hip-hop, and recent billboard hits.

If you were not a model and host, you would be…
A CNN reporter or journalist.

Were there experiences and memories from your childhood and formative years that influenced your choice of career?
I was always selected in class to read out loud and I noticed that many looked forward to it. I can always give life to words even with a cold read.


What do you find particularly meaningful in your line of work?
As a host, I have a platform to help vocalize, empower, and inspire those around me.

What’s your all-time favorite film?
Star Wars everything.

Favorite restaurants?
People’s Palace in Manila, Gen-Wa in Los Angeles, P.S. Café in Singapore, and anywhere in Japan.

Favorite cheap thrill?
Crunchy McDonald’s French fries.

Conversely, what is your favorite splurge?
Christian Louboutin shoes.

Signature drink/cocktail?
Nigori sake.

Any causes/issues you advocate or are passionate about?
Animal welfare and LGBTQ rights.

What else are you up to this afternoon?
Archery class and getting my nails done.

What do you do as soon as you get home?
Take off my shoes.

What was the prettiest thing you saw today?
Videos of kittens on Instagram.

Guilty pleasures?
Eating a bag of M&Ms.

Secret fantasies?
Buying a home in Marrakech.

In three words, how would you describe 2016 for you?
A wild typhoon.


In three words, what do you wish for in 2017?
Growth, creativity, and calm.

Favorite coping mechanism?
Taking a time out.

Greatest challenge of your career?
Having to start over when I moved to Los Angeles. It was humbling but very rewarding. I always advise young models to step out of their home countries and explore other markets.

What quality or trait is most important in your line of work?
Professionalism, resilience, determination. Being on time, being open, and being fast.

What has been your proudest moment thus far?
My marriage. I am proud of all of our experiences and moments as a couple.

Best decision of your life?
Moving back to Manila.

Greatest extravagance?
Borrowing my spouse’s cars.

Who is your dream date?
I married my dream date.

Makeup by Fatima Rabago
Hair by Jesus Padaza

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