An Angel for a Friend - Amy Markham | Houston - Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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As I sit at my laptop, perusing and pondering the various news titles on this quiet lovely July morning, joined by the beautiful Amy Markham, a sense of loss threatens and here in Angels Playpen, feelings of loss does not fit into our daily search for ‘heaven on earth.’ Maybe it’s the overwhelming lightweight verbiage, insubstantial rhetoric or superficial concerns that bother me. Whatever it is I don’t like it. Celebrity divorce, though admittedly briefly entertaining, fails to hold my attention. The world needs more substance, less fluff. More philosophy, less gossip. Then there is everything from Syrian torture centers to child abduction and animal abuse. More beauty, less ugly. More love, less hate. That’s where we come in. Trying to keep a healthy balance where serious matters are addressed, beauty is sought, dreams are fulfilled and personal pleasures are encouraged, unknowingly, Amy and I are friends of the same beauty based cause.



“Beauty is not a face a full of makeup, fake eyelashes, lipstick or hair extensions,” says the internationally published model. “Beauty is what you see and feel on the inside.” This first-hand definition of beauty permeates the air of Angels Playpen; most of these beautiful girls agree; beauty is both inside and out. “Guess what?” she asks then answers, “When I take my makeup off, I no longer look like the Amy Markham everyone knows. Makeup doesn’t make you beautiful. Personality and who you are on the inside does. You can be the prettiest girl in the world but if you are catty, snobby and rude it can make you ugly real quick.”



Despite the heavenly beauty she has been blessed to carry around like a lucky coin, Amy is astonishingly down to earth. “I’m a normal girl who likes to sit on the couch, watch TV and eat take-out,” confesses the ravishing regular girl whose combination of beauty and vulnerability is truly desirable. “I am the person you can tell your secrets to and confide in and I’m also the girl who will do stupid funny things to make you laugh. I promise my personality is better than my looks.” I suddenly have the urge to curl up next to her, nibbling on the collar of my shirt, telling her all the secrets of my heart. As normal as she says she is, she is well aware that her beauty is indeed much like a lucky coin, giving her an advantage in everyday life. “I try my hardest to never let it get to my head,” Amy points out. “I wait in line, I carry my own groceries and I pump my own gas even though every man in the world offers to do it… so odd.”



‘Alike’ many models in regard to her understanding of beauty, Amy is so much ‘unlike’ other models in many other regards. “Well for one,” she says, “I know my strengths and weaknesses. As a model you have to set yourself up for success.” Adhering to her plans, deviating for no reason except maybe emergencies, she uses her advantages in concert with her disadvantages. “See…,” she says with a slight pause. “I’m short but my talents make up for my height. I’m curvy but my posing skills make up for my body. I’m not a typical Barbie looking model but my exotic and ethnically ambiguous features allow me to be whoever I need to be.” A chameleon-like ability to adjust her look has been nothing but beneficial. “My mother is from South Korea and my father is American,” she says of her exotic heritage. “Most people have a hard time guessing my look though.”



Early on in her relatively short but explosive modeling career, Amy worked the car show circuit. Financial insecurity resulted in her decision to model. “’I was a Pre-Medicine major in college when I started and I used to work car shows on the weekends to help pay for school expenses,” admits the smart beauty. “At the time I had no intention of becoming who I am today. I was just a normal girl trying to get by in life. I literally started my career with twenty dollars in my pocket.”  Automotive spokesmodels like Corissa Fur and Alicia Whitten were two main influences during her car show days, now she follows models such as Joanna krupa, Katarina van Derham, Allesandra Ambrosio and Adrianna Lima. “I am no longer doing automotive work as often and I have transitioned into and editorial-glamour model.”



Internally published in magazines like GQ and Maxim, Amy is looking for a slight change of direction. “I’d love to do more commercial ad work,” she says. “I’ve been doing a lot of men’s magazines and sometimes it can get a bit boring for me. I know, I know…,” she continues, “how can I get tired of being in magazines?” She explains it’s all because she is a girl’s girl who loves to talk about what interest girls universally; makeup, fashion, shoes, etc. “The ultimate dream job is doing something women related,” she says with a laugh. She has hosted television shows and news segments and with reluctance tells me we may even see her do a little acting. “It’s a natural progression for more models.”



The transition from modeling to television and perhaps acting in the near future, I thought it couldn’t have been much different since Amy still worked in front of a camera. “Well it is different,” she says correcting me. “You have to sound sexy, know your lines, try not to look silly and hope you don’t have food in your teeth because it can’t be photo-shopped.”  However, the transition from gorgeous girl-next-door to wondrous world-class model is something else entirely. So much has changed because of what she’s become, so fast. “This is just the beginning which makes me kind of nervous,” she offers, “I never expected to blow up. I never expected for so many people to like me.” Her humility is touching, making me like her all the more. She has become increasingly self-conscious; she maintains her appearance and public persona with religious fervor. “I feel like I have to live up to the standards that celebrities set and it’s a little overwhelming at times.”



Amy has few if any regrets; she is more motivated by her past than anything else and appreciates the sacrifices she has made. “I’ve made mistakes,” she admits, “but life is about learning as you go. There is no room for failure in my book.” It was giving up on college life, completely changing direction and daring she to do something different. “I wanted to do something outside of the box, something no one I knew personally has ever done before.” So she foregoes college parties, boys, and nightclubs and instead focuses on future. “Now,” she says, “I am thankful that I made the decision to take my career seriously. This December I will have been modeling for two years and all my success was worth every party I missed out on.”



At this point in the interview, Amy isn’t a model, just a beautiful girl I’m excited to learn more about. A girl who finds laughter in her babies, two dogs she saved from euthanasia when they were puppies. “Shelby is a boxer mix and she makes the funniest faces. Rocky is a Doberman mix and he blinks or yawns in every photo.” Now she wishes nothing more than to end animal abuse. Amy is a  girl whose heaven on earth is as simple as “living on a beach with my babies and family and living a happy successful life.” A girl with whom I’d love a great friendship where I would offer free weekends to get away. “I’d love to go back to Europe,” she tells me. “I hope you can pack everything in a backpack.” Easier for me than she I’d imagine.



We all are given the power of free will no matter how daunting circumstances are. For each of us, choices must be made as life is lived. Amy made hers. A Texas-bred former tomboy who admits she’s made a few mistakes but honors every choice she’s made, I for certain am happy with the path she has chosen. How else would the pleasure of interviewing such a beautiful girl have come my way? Through it all she has remained loyal to her family and close friends. “I hold onto my promises and make sure nothing comes between us,” she says, making me wish I were one of those close friends. Fortunately, she does believe men and women can truly be friends, I smile at the thought of she and I being just that. I do get pretty opinionated and brash with words, I hold back very little so I often have to apologize, gift extended, for such behavior. For Amy, that gift would be flowers. Again a worthy choice I would gladly stand by. Thanks for being an angel and a good friend. AP.