SINGAPORE - Sheila Sim and I have friends in common. Her friends are her biggest fans. The most common adjective used of her? "Nice", followed by "down-to-earth."
She displayed both traits the day we met.
Sim, 30, is still one of Singapore's top models, after being in the scene for 13 years, and is the creative director and a partner at modelling agency Nu Models.
She is also acting more now and is filming her second Channel 8 series. This one is about nurses called You Can Be An Angel Too, starring Zoe Tay, Elvin Ng and Xiang Yun.
International brands have worked with her - Topshop, Doctor Martens, H&M, Coach, Fendi, Louis Vuitton are some she recalls - and she said: "They (clients) think I'm suitable for their brands and I'm very lucky in that sense because it is a wide and diverse range of brands.
She also could not hold back praise for local fashion designers, saying: "Singapore is a small market. A lot of local shoppers are not educated about our brands. It's quite a shame.
"I had my own fashion brand and I know how much effort it takes to start a fashion line. I have full respect for those who stayed on and remain passionate about it.
"(Design label) Depression designs amazing, beautiful clothes. They are distinct."
"All Walks Of Life's Alfie Leong is my guardian angel. He helped me so much when I was doing my own line."
"The clothes from Womb are simple but evergreen, and Keith Png designs convertible dresses. Everything can be worn in many ways."
Sim says her personal style is a mystery, even to her.