MISSY GIRL: ATHENA
MISSY GIRL is our periodic feature of a sassy lass that echoes the spirit of MISSY SKINS. She's modern and thrives off the pulse of big cities. She's a rebel and a free spirit. She's spicy and sweet.
We ask them to come in and style themselves in a MISSY SKINS outfit (or two!), find out what makes them tick, where they go to find that special something, and just overall badass girly intel.
For our final MISSY GIRL feature of the year, we asked dancer Athena to come in and show us how this Missy does it. She started learning folk dancing at the age of six, and it was during university that her hobbies lead her to street dancing. Possessing an undeniable gift for rhythm, she was soon crowned champion at UPTEMP, China’s university street dance competition, and was the first ever to have held that position two years in a row. Just as she decided to pursue dancing as a career, an unfortunate ACL injury lead her doctor to advise her to give it all up. With determination and strong will, she underwent rehabilitation for a year and returned to the stage… Since then, she’s won freestyle championships in Shanghai, Taiwan, and Japan, amongst others. In between being a dance instructor and acting, she also models on the side… and living the dream she’s always wanted.
1. Being a dancer is a pretty unique job, tell us what your days consist of?
Aside from practicing, I stay at home to read and listen to music. I’m really more of a quiet person in real life, coming alive when I’m on stage!
2. Which professional dancer do you look up to?
Gene Kelly, the main actor from Singing in the Rain. He seamlessly combines dancing with the art of film. No one supersedes him in my opinion!
3. Who’s your favourite musical artist?
James Brown, the undisputed god of soul!
4. What’s your most memorable dance competition?
Once at a global championship, every other nation’s team had cheerleaders cheering them on – then there was my teammate and me, all alone without anyone cheering – but we ended up winning the championship! At that moment I really felt I did China proud!
5. Attending dance competitions have brought you to many cities around the world, what’s your favourite?
Amsterdam. It’s such a liberal and free place, allowing the arts to flourish with no bounds.
6. How would you describe your day-to-day style?
Quite different to my dancing style, my personal style is quite simple and elegant.
7. What’s your interpretation of “Love Kills”?
Love is the simplest reason to be alive, without it we may as well be dead!
All clothing and accessories on Athena are from our Pre-spring 2017 collection, LOVE KILLS BY MISSY SKINS, available in January.
Photographer: Wang Yang @ CENTRAL STUDIOS.