Felixia Yeap

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Felixia Yeap (叶静仪)
Born (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 30)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Modelling information
Height 173 cm (68 in)
Hair colour Black
Eye colour Dark brown
Manager Velocity Angels

Felixia Yeap Chin Yee (simplified Chinese: 叶静仪; traditional Chinese: 枼靜儀; pinyin: Yè Jìngyí; born 3 July 1986) is a Malaysian model. She was Malaysia's first and only Playboy Bunny.[1] Since December 2013, she has sported a hijab, sparking controversy among the country's Muslim and non-Muslim communities.[2][3] On 3 July 2014, she said she had converted to Islam.[4]

Biography[edit]

Felixia was born in Kuala Lumpur and raised in Ipoh, Perak, West Malaysia. Prior to her modelling career, she worked as a kindergarten teacher. Yeap started her modelling career in 2005 after becoming one of the finalists of the Dewi Remaja contest.[3]

She appeared on the third season of I Wanna Be a Model as a finalist and listed in the Hall of Fame for Miss Malaysia Tourism 2007[5] at the age of 19. She was also the 1st runner-up for Miss Chinese World Malaysia 2006[6] and a finalist for Dewi Remaja Malaysia.

In 2008, Yeap was chosen to represent Malaysia in the 2008 Beijing Olympic - Olympics Beauty and followed up as the finalist for FHM Girl Next Door 2009 and was crowned Velocity Angels-Model of The Year 2009[7] before being a finalist for Miss Universe Malaysia 2010.[6][8] Yeap had quit from the Miss Malaysia World 2009 beauty pageant earlier as she disagreed with the terms and conditions of the competition.[9][10] She was seen hosting the AQUARIUS Fashion Show in conjunction with WWF Malaysia along with Sam Insanity and is rumoured to be going out with him.[11]

Yeap was chosen to be among Playboy Macau's first batch of Bunnies. She posed in a non-nude pictorial in the July–August 2013 issue of Playboy Philippines.[1] Yeap's career at the Playboy Macau club lasted only a month.[3]

Convert to Islam[edit]

In December 2013, Yeap started donning a hijab. She explained in her blog: "I believe I am worth more than just showing off my body. I am more than this. And I don't feel proud if attention- or fame-seeking model wannabes out there look at me as their idol or role model." Her new fashion sparked outrage among non-Muslim communities, Chinese especially, calling it disrespectful towards Islam. Yeap officially converted to Islam on 3 July 2014.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Asian Beauty Felixia Yeap: Sweet Escape". Playboy Philippines. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Bedi, Rashvinjeet s. (13 December 2013). "From Playboy bunny to hijab model". The Star. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Mustafa, Muzliza (14 December 2013). "I wear the hijab with good intentions, says former Playboy bunny". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/06/28/Felixia-Yeap-to-embrace-Islam-July-3/
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame - Miss Malaysia Tourism (August 2007)". MissMalaysia. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "A journey of a beauty queen". Malay Mail. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Velocity Angels 2009,Midvalley". Faizzaki.com. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "The 18 Finalists Revealed!". Miss Universe Malaysia 2010. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Wong Sai Wan (10 October 2009). "A model who loves lingeries, stilettos and cats". The Star (Malaysia). Star Publications. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Wong Sai Wan (September 2009). "Miss Malaysia pullout shocker!". The Daily Chili. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hosting AQUARIUS with Felixia Yeap and Sam Insanity". Mei Yi. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Former Playboy bunny Felixia Yeap announces 'rebirth' following conversion to Islam (Archive). The Mirror. 6 July 2014; retrieved 15 September 2014.