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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dublin model Piya wanted by Playboy

MEET the Dublin-based model who has been approached by Playboy and has posed for FHM -- all without the help of an agent.

Breaking away from the 'traditional' Thai life of a stay-at-home wife, Piya Chanphet is busy storming the fashion industry, after moving here with her Dublin-born husband Brendan seven years ago.

The 25-year-old has been landing a number of international gigs since she was first spotted in the city centre's Cow's Lane in 2008.

"I always wanted to be a model, but my family are very religious and they think girls shouldn't show too much flesh.

"The parents in Thailand draw your life for you, but I wanted to get out of that and do my own thing. I still want to keep them happy obviously, but I want to follow what I want," Piya told the Herald.

"They're okay about my career, I'm old enough now that they don't have to worry about me -- I just don't show my father the shots of me in lingerie."

The Bangkok native's career has gone from strength to strength in the last four years and she is now in talks with Playboy, after having just completed her fourth spread for FHM magazine.

The brunette divulged that while she's interested in posing for Hugh Hefner's famous publication, she refuses to go topless for a job.

"I wouldn't do anything topless or naked though, because I don't like to do that -- I'd lose everything else I've built up. I would wear lingerie though."

Although Piya has been approached by a number of agencies in the past, she has turned them all down -- preferring to work for herself.

"For me, I like to do my own thing. I've been approached by a few agencies before, but when I see their portfolios I feel I can do it better myself."

Instead, the 5ft3 beauty enlists the help of her husband, who has become her personal assistant.

The couple met in Thailand in 2005 and three days after meeting, the pair were engaged and then got hitched.

In between getting in front of the camera, petite Piya hopes to complete her Masters degree in chemistry next year, as she plans to become a scientist when she hangs up her high heels.

But for now, she is enjoying a jam-packed schedule.

labutler@herald.ie

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