As part of the lead-up to the HSBC Women’s Champion 2016, we will be doing a special 3-part interview series with individuals coming down to Singapore for the tournament. The first of the 3 in the series is the golf’s sweetheart, Michelle Wie.
When one thinks of golf, the first impression that comes to mind is not that of a statuesque, olive-skinned asian women decked out in chic sports designer wear. It’s probably not even the second, third or fourth impression. Yet, undeniably, what was once an inaccessible and mundane country club sport is now starting to embrace the young and trendy fashionista clubber image of its new crop of talent. And nobody embodies that spirit more than fan-favourite, Michelle Wie.
(Both Michelle’s swing and fashion are on point. Photo creds: IMG)
An individual who needs little introduction when it comes to her golfing achievements (youngest female player to qualify for an LPGA Tour and PGA event, former US Open Champion just in case you forget), Michelle is always at the top of her game. Not only is the former US Champion a global brand ambassador for brands like Nike, KIA, OMEGA, she’s graced countless ad campaigns, calls Stanford her alma mater and has the most followers of any female golfer on multiple social media platforms. But, unlike many star athletes and celebrities in similar situations, she is not afraid of showing you a different side, something that we found out talking to her.
(Tuna advertisements are not out of reach too. Photo credit: Starkist)
Despite being one of the most recognisable faces in the world of women’s sports, Michelle is still very much your typical girl next door. The Hawaiian-native of Korean descent confesses she still gets nervous before competitions, has trouble dealing with bee-induced allergic reactions and loved being a college student. Yes, the communications major finished all 4 years at Stanford and attained her full fledged degree. For her, “Going to college, playing professional and graduating from Stanford is probably one of the proudest moment for me(her) and my(her) family”. All things first-world individuals can definitely relate to.
(Photo Cred: Stanford University)
A self-professed social media junkie, her social media presence is just another reason that has us convinced that she is absolutely the coolest. Filled with hilarious, quirky and candid snaps, her online platforms won’t go a day without seeing something that will absolutely make your day.
Unlike other popular golf social media accounts, like Tiger Woods informercial-esque twitter profile, Golf’s Glamour Girl is not afraid of showing you the girl behind the glamour, as she sees social media as “a direct channel between me and my fans and a gateway for them to see me through myself. It is a fun way to show my fans what I’m doing, what I’m thinking and kinda how I live my life.” And her favourite social media platform to do so? “Oh that’s hard. I do love my Instagram but I love my snapchat”. Regardless of platform, the all-access online pass to her life as a professional athlete and fun-loving 26 year-old has been nothing short of entertaining thus far.
So what else is the trendiest and most relatable chick in golf into? Fashion is definitely one at the top of the list. The Nike global spokeswoman is both a huge fan of “comfortable athletic” and dressing up, with a particular preference for pieces like “Chanel and Celine bags, and Michael Kors dresses”. Though, the fashionista does maintain that “my(her) favourite is Nike”, a shoutout to her faithful sponsors of over 10 years.
The effervescent beauty is also a die-hard when it comes to maintaining her beauty regimen, revealing her beauty secrets to us over the phone, “For sports, I only use SPF 70” and “once a week, I do a regimen where I exfoliate and I do a peeling mask, then a clay mask and I finish off with a hydrating face mask”. It comes at no surprise that looking this good all the time requires quite a bit of effort. However, her revelation of her love of K-Pop certainly took us by surprise . The Korean-American was apparently a huge fan of Big Bang and Lee Seung Gi! Although the former V.I.P does confess she is not into it as much as she used to be, “but when it comes on the radio, I do enjoy it for sure”. Add those to her signature bubbly smile and charming persona, and there isn’t really much not to love.
In spite of it all, she’s still a golfer through and through, and “just wants to the best player”. This time next week, she will be hitting a 250 at a Par-5 and going for a birdie in the HSBC Women’s Champion 2016. Make the time to catch the former child prodigy/successful golfer/lifestyle icon. After all, “you don’t have to choose” is the only mindset she needs when deciding what next to succeed in. We couldn’t agree more.
(photo credit: Golf Digest)