Joey Mead King
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|Occupation||Television personality, fashion lifestyle host, runway coach, model mentor|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
Mead was born in the Philippines. Her mother, Josephine del Pilar-Mead, is a Filipina. Her biological father is of Iranian descent. When she was 4, she and her mother settled in Adelaide, Australia, with her Australian stepfather Leslie Bertram Mead. She was raised in South Australia until her early teen years.
She started her modelling career at 15, while living in Manila, then in Bangkok and Hong Kong. She picked up Australian and American accent tones from living in Australia and Asia, Joey has adapted her talent of imitating accents in work, making her a popular live & voice talent. Able to switch from Filipino, Australian, South African, American to British accents.
She was a video jockey for Channel [V] International in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2000. She appeared on over 30 Philippine magazine covers. She has done numerous TV commercials, ad campaigns and magazine covers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia. She has lived and worked in New York as a Ford model and is currently with Ford Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In 2008, a photo of Mead wearing the Philippine flag as a body suit on a magazine cover caused an uproar in local media. In defense, Mead said:
Yes, I wore a representation of the Philippine flag on a magazine cover. This image for me is something that is inspiring, the same way sports brands have produced their Philippine flag-inspired track sports jackets and limited edition shoes. It is the same logic why people put Philippine flag or map tattoos on their bodies...
When you’ve done as many magazine covers as I have, you’d want to do something that meant more to you — this means a lot to me, it represents my work, and I’m not embarrassed about the female form. I wanted to make a statement. I wanted to be part of something that breaks the “rules” and provoke people to think and feel...
She returned to Singapore in 2005 to work on entertainment show Ebuzz on AXN channel Joey interviewed many Hollywood celebrities.
In 2006 Joey hosted the World Cup series in Singapore for StarHub.
In 2008 she started work as a HBO presenter till 2009.
Her hosting skills won her work for lifestyle, corporate, red carpet and live interviews.
In 2012 it was announced that she would be the model mentor and co-judge for Asia's Next Top Model for 3 cycles.
In 2017 it was announced that she would be the co-host of Steve Harvey alongside with Miss Universe 2015 2nd runner-up Olivia Jordan for Miss Universe 2016 pageant that will be held in Mall of Asia Arena on January 30, 2017.
An animal advocate for PAWS Philippines, Joey is a supporter of animal rights and anti animal cruelty. She moved back to the Philippines in 2007. She married Filipino Chinese business person, managing director of Victoria Court, and car enthusiast Ian King in November 2011.
- "Uproar in the house - Philippine Star SUPREME". Archived from the original on 2008-06-28.
- Pagsolingan, Karen (July 3, 2016). "Joey Mead's husband Ian King is now a trans woman". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 3, 2016.