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|Birth name||Michele Waagaard|
March 7, 1980 |
|Occupation(s)||Producer, Model, VJ, Copywriter, Singer|
Michele Waagaard (Thai มิเชล วอกอร์ด) Born March 7, 1980 is a Norwegian/Thai model, pop star and radio host. In 1995 she won the title as Model of the Year for the Thai teen magazine The Boy.
Michele studied at Bangkok Patana School and has a degree in Communication Arts from Assumption University. She has appeared in music videos for stars such as Bird Thongchai McIntyre, Raptor, Fly, U.H.T, Maew Jerasak and several more. In 1996 she landed a record deal with Grammy Entertainment in Thailand. Michele and 7 other teenagers released the teen friendly album Teen 8 Grade A. The album was greatly received by the Thai public and the band sold several 100,000 copies and went on tour. After a year on the road the four girls in the band came together and created Thailand's first pop girl band JAMP, Jennifer, Anna, Michele and Por. JAMP released two albums JAMP and Bungorn ao tae dance. After several years of touring the girls split up and went their separate ways in 2001. Por released a solo album while Jennifer started in a new girl band show girls.
Michele became a full-time catwalk model. And was for many years seen on the catwalk for the biggest Thai fashion designers She was at the time considered one of Thailand's biggest supermodel and considered a fashion staple in the Thai fashion industry, coveting many magazine covers. In 2002 Michele became a VJ for MTV Thailand. She hosted MTV POP with Rowena Kennett and MTV ROCK. Michele moved to Los Angeles to attend the Lee Strasberg Institute. Michele moved back to her birth country Norway in 2005. There she hosted and produced a daily music show SVISJ SHOW for the national broadcasting network NRK as well as also attending Noroff Institute taking Film and TV broadcasting. In December 2008, Michele hosted the fourth annual GBOB Challenge (the Global Battle Of The Bands World Finals) in central London.
From 2010 to 2012 Michele moved on to work for a Bangkok local radio station WAVE FM 88. Hosting the morning show and weekend show.
Wanting to pursue a professional career, Michele decided to retire from the spotlight and take her experience to pursue a career as a creative. Her interest was mainly in the digital world as she is deeply interested in social media and online marketing. Eventually focusing more on copy writing and producing, she was hired by a Thai-based gaming company Sandbox Global where she was the game writer and executing creative concepts for the online RPG game Stylista.
In 2013 Michele created her own jewelry line Tambourine Rocks