I am Minh-Ly (pronounced Minh Lee), a fulltime freelance model, photographer and artistic director based in Montreal, QC, and available to work worldwide (next trips : Booking). I have 4 years of experience in modeling, in 7 countries (North-America and Europe), and I take photographs myself.

I finished a certificate in Beauty and Aesthetics and have studied in the past in Fashion Design.

Languages spoken:

  • French (native),
  • English (full professional capability).

I work with professional and enthusiasts artists alike, posing for photographers, videographers, and designers for printed work, advertising, exhibitions, commercials and portfolio purposes as well as for workshops and tuition.

Reliable, professional, cooperative and easy going, I am known for my creativity, versatility and my desire to help my collaborators to achieve their visual goals as well as to push my work and abilities always further. Loving human interaction, driven and very result-oriented, I am dedicated in creating artistic and memorable imagery with my collaborators.

You can consult my references in testimonials below.


Values

Modeling is both a passion and a profession.

My mission is to make your vision and ideas come to life, playing characters and telling stories, creating with emotions and questioning the World through art.

As a model, photographer, creative director and certified MUA, I put together accessories, make-up, outfits and hair to support concepts and ideas. I get fully involved, from the ideas to the realization. I always have a lot of concepts and projects on hold in my mind, I just have to let them flow if you need inspiration. I am very fast to improvise something on the spot too.


Skills & Services

Makeup, Hair & Styling:

  • Makeup : I can do my own makeup, from day to evening makeup. I always bring my makeup kit for touch-ups and changes of look.
  • Hair : I can also style my natural hair and wigs I own (from natural to extravagant).
  • Wardrobe & Styling : Having past studies in Fashion Design in Montreal, I have an excellent sense of style. I own an impressive collection of rare and unique pieces for shooting purposes. I am also able to provide a variety of wardrobe on set and I craft some myself.

Acting/Posing:

  • I have a wide range of expressions and poses and I also constantly keep renewing myself depending of my environment and of the people I am connecting with,
  • I can pose with or without direction,
  • However if with direction, I prefer to have minimal guidance and have the freedom of my own posing and not be stopped at every second.

Adventure:

  • I am not afraid to hike great distances, climb, dive (underwater) and go into cold, hot, rocky and muddy environments in order to get The shot.

Crew:

  • I am open to work with other models (male or female). However, I do not accept all requests. I work with serious partners with a professional attitude only and depending on the concept.
  • As an animal lover, I can pose with animals in the shoots. I have previously worked with horses, lizards, snakes, scorpions, butterflies, dogs, cats and birds.

Fitness/other art forms:

  • I practice yoga and can bend, stretch and contort myself into many different and unique shapes and positions,
  • I am skilled for underwater shoots,
  • I practice aerial silk,
  • I practice dance and own ballet shoes for shoot purposes.


Styles I Model for & Limits

I believe there is no bad genre of art. It is all in the execution and personal tastes.

Please use my portfolio as a guide to my comfort levels. If you require further clarification of my boundaries, I strongly encourage you to communicate with me.

I do:
  • I am very experienced in fine art and figurative nudes, artistic and cinematographic photography, conceptual, high fashion and portraiture, but not limited to those particular styles.
  • I stopped doing glamour. I have lingerie available for shooting purposes only if it supports a story/concept.
  • I can model for workshops, may it be photography classes or photographic events.
  • I can pose for individual artists as well as live model classes.
  • Open to act in videos and short movies, but it will depend on the assignment.
  • I do erotic, shibari and fetish work with only selected photographers who have a great reputation and valid references. Rates for this kind of assignments are non-negotiable.
I do not:
  • I do not do photos similar to Playboy, Summum, Penthouse and Hustler shoots. Do not ask me to smile, give the sexy look, open my legs or striptease.
  • I do not do pornography and contents for private websites, Zivity, Suicide Girls and Diverxity.
  • I do not shoot images that I deem to be tacky, cheesy or I feel uncomfortable doing.


Compensation

I offer hourly / half day (4h) / full day (8h) / 3 days / weekly rates.

My services can include:

  • Modeling time and experience,
  • Makeup,
  • Hair,
  • Styling & Wardrobe,
  • Travelling time,
  • Creative process if needed: brainstorming, strategy, concept, design, preparation.

In rare cases, I might consider trade only in exchange for:

  • Hosting / Accomodation
    • References mandatory
  • Airfare / Transportation tickets
    • I have a valid passport and the drive for travels and new locations
  • Latex or very unique pieces of clothing
  • Professional services
    • Accounting
    • Attorney counseling
    • Business management


Stats

I am 100% natural.

  • Hair : black, short (jaw length), currently growing my bangs out
  • Eye color : dark brown
  • Skin color : tanned
  • Tattoo / Piercing: none except the standard earlobes pierced
  • Ethnicity: Asian

Height
feet5’5
cm165
Dress
S-M-LS-M
US4-6
UK8-10
Shoes
CA-US6.5
UK4.5
EU37

Bust
UK-US34A-32B
CN-EU70C-75B
BE-FR85C-90B
Waist
inch28
cm71
Hips
inch38
cm97

Testimonials

Minh-Ly is a lovely and dynamic model. Her consummate skills at feeling the mood of a photo set-up and bringing her focused attention to the project has made her one of my favourite models to work with. There are many lovely women who will stand in the lights in front of a camera, but very few who should be called "model" and Minh-Ly is one of the best. Working with Minh-Ly has made me a better photographer.

Ian Dalton, Photographer

Minh-Ly is a splendid model. She works hard at her craft. She is not afraid to take risks. She is intelligent, creative and beautiful. Her artistic poses are the best I have seen. Shooting with her is always a beautiful experience. You are missing something special if you have not worked with her.

Gaby Saliba, Photographer

Working with Minh-Ly is an absolute pleasure. She is simply one of the most talented and creative models I have worked with. She brings her energy, versatility, and pure passion to every shoot. What I enjoy most is her posing skills and overall versatility in working with me and the entire team. You will not regret working with Minh-Ly.

Bassam Sabbagh, Photographer

No one moves like Minh-Ly! She is the gold standard for interesting and creative poses. She works hard to achieve a creative vision under direction, and is equally comfortable posing on auto-pilot. Messy shoots don't faze her, she is fearless, and regardless of being covered in flour, mud or paint, her beautiful look always shines through. I will always make time to shoot with Minh-Ly !

BPN Photo, Photographer / Makeup Artist / Hairstylist

Minh-Ly is a joy to work with. Her strongest assets are her reliability and her professionalism. I find her work ethic and creative spirit infectious and the projects just go that much easier with her on board. I wish her every success that comes her way and look forward to working with her again very soon.

Aayush Ash L, Artist

Extraordinary talented, expressive, hard working model. She is a true inspiring artist that added an extra dimension to my own photographic concept.

Imagonaut, Photographer

If you're looking for one of the best then this is her! A versatile, emotional and highly intelligent model, Minh-Ly constantly reinvents herself. Always prepared, always morphing during a shoot: it is an honour to witness her presentation of my art. With just a few words, Minh-Ly will absorb a concept and then elevate it to even higher levels of beauty. This lady has an open invitation to my services, any time and always !

Skin Detailz, Creative Director / Makeup Artist / Bodypainter / Stylist

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Minh Ly on several creative photoshoots in the past few years. The very first time we shot together I was astonished at her artistic style of moving and posing. It was almost like watching a cat slide in and out of figurations – she catches the mood and style we are looking for and delivers. She is respectful, professional and very easy to work with. I have remarked that she is able morph into almost any character – from ‘bad-ass’ to a vintage Victorian lady. Such an asset when looking for a multi-faceted, uber-talented model. Minh-Ly is it. I just love everything about her!

Wanda Malfara, Photographer

Underneath the quiet, serious, but very friendly Minh-Ly lies the most creative shape-shifter I have ever met. The combination of her warm and ego-less personality with all the confidence and creativity she projects makes Minh-Ly one of the best models I have worked with !

David Aimone, Photographer

Minh-Ly is my personal inspiration. We have worked together frequently and I brag to our mutual contacts (and her future clients) that she could model a shoelace for hours if you asked her. Sure enough, someone finally did and apparently she rocked it - I'm not surprised. Minh-Ly has an insane queue of poses in her mind at all times. She is an everlasting inspiration. Not only will she help you create images you couldn't think of, her ambition, work ethic, personality, and general personhood will drive you to create other images you never dreamed you would. I highly recommend hiring her, or even meeting her (if you're lucky enough to steal an hour of her valuable time). She is probably the only person - that I can say with absolute certainty - is one in a million.

Starla, Model

Dear Minh-Ly,I personally want thank you on the behalf of Spirit Life Art Studios, for helping us move forward on our current creative project.Minh-Ly, you have exceeded everyone's expectations by your natural modeling skills that go beyond training, you have a natural gift of knowing self and ability not only satisfying the artist and photographers' request but somehow enhancing the pose, action and role.Your knowledge of makeup and skill at applying it was a special treat saving us from calling on our own makeup artist for the shoot.Also, we truly appreciate your flawless appearance not spoiled by tattoos, scares or imperfections. Your physical beauty without question is stunning and there are very few models that could be considered equal.Lastly your down to earth personality and excellent bilingual communication skills made it seamless to work as a team.Minh-Ly we can't wait for your next visit to California, you are now a member of the Spirit Life Art Studio family.With gratitude and sincerity,Stan BruceArt DirectorSpirit Life Art Studios

Spirit Life Art Studios, Artist

I have worked with Minh-Ly more than any other model. She is brilliant at what she does. She brings such passion and is able to evoke such emotion in her work. Minh-Ly takes direction well, but is also amazing when left to her own creativity. She also works extremely hard to get whatever shot you want. She has truly helped me to become a better photographer and I look forward to working with her again. Could not recommend more!

Knight Vision Imaging, Photographer

Minh-Ly never ceases to amaze me with her ability to bring the best poses to the concepts she shoots. An absolutely outstanding poser. She flows beautifully from pose to pose and is unique with each position she creates. A gem of a model with great instincts on how to make an interesting image.

Artisticurves, Photographer / Workshop Organizer / Bodypainter

I have been regularly working together with Minh-Ly over the past 3 years, and every time she keeps amazing me by her perseverance and drive, one shot after another. On the set, she is friendly and creative, yet focused and result-oriented, even tireless – a true professional! One of my favorite partners in (photo)crime, Minh-Ly comes highly recommended, and is always a pleasure to work with !

Constantin Iosseliani, Photographer

Thank you Minh-Ly, you are making photoshoots so easy. You have a great personality. Sharing and creating with you are this much more fun. Your props with mine sure help making great photos. So looking forward to work with you again.

Benoît Desjardins, Photographer

Minh-Ly is an amazing model who rates among the very best I have had the opportunity to work with. She is a consummate professional in every sense of the word. She is energetic, creative and poses extremely well with very little direction. Your most difficult task will be deciding which images not to process, because there is way too many good ones. I look forward to shooting with her again.

DHB Photography, Photographer

I have worked with Minh-Ly 4 times and to say the least she is by far the best model I have ever worked with. She has so much to offer to this industry. She is so professional and has such a wide range of looks and poses. The complete model in my eyes.

13th Frame Photography, Photographer

I have posed with Minh-Ly as a duo on multiple occasions for over 2 years now! We have been so supportive on each other's modeling careers over the years, and Minh-Ly never fails to WOW me with her unique sense of energy, posing ability, creativity and she is probably one of the most photogenic human being I have seen. Don't let her confident appearance in photos fool you, she is a super down-to-earth sweetheart once you get to know her! If Minh-Ly is travelling to your area, you would not want to miss out shooting with her! She will absolutely blow your mind!

Kristen Au, Model

If you are looking for a flexible and creative lady, consider adding Minh-Ly to your project. She is very experienced and enjoys the collaborative process bringing both energy and patience to the mix. She will be working tirelessly toward the desired goal and make it fun.

Mike Giovanizzo, Photographer / Workshop Host

I had the pleasure to shoot a couple of shoots with Minh-Ly and she showed just how versatile she is and not scared to throw herself into the role of the shoot. During her stay I got to know her a bit and she is very easygoing and great company. Wish I knew more models like Minh-Ly in the UK!

Terry King, Photographer

Minh-Ly is awesome! Absolutely great to work with. Very dedicated at getting the image. Brave and confident. A treat to work with. Highly recommended.

Waldemar Zagorski, Photographer

I had an incredible shoot with Minh-Ly on a cold November day at sunrise on the streets of NYC. She handled it all phenomenally. Minh-Ly is professional, very positive attitude and into the creative process. One of the tops models I have ever shot with. Hope to work with her many more times in the future!

NYC Erotic Art, Photographer

Minh-Ly is an exceptional talent who brings her all to every shoot. Her creative and artistic skills are a great tool for making great images. She is professional, highly skilled and very easy to work with. Minh-Ly is a gem!

Doug Mitchell, Photographer

J'ai beaucoup de plaisir à travailler avec Minh-Ly. Elle apporte de très beaux résultats assurés et est à l'aise devant la caméra. Elle est très versatile, mais sa force reste la photographie artistique. Elle est également très inspirante et ce que j'adore c'est qu'une idée amène une autre et une autre et une autre. On ne voit pas le temps passer! J'ai toujours hâte de la revoir pour une prochaine séance.

Pierre Joosten, Photographer

Minh-Ly est une modèle formidable qui est toujours à l'heure et qui sait prendre son rôle dès que l'on sort la caméra. Elle est très versatile et propose de façon discrète des possibilités lors d'un shoot. Je vais définitivement retravailler avec elle et lui souhaite le meilleur dans sa carrière.

Jérôme Bertrand, Photographer

Minh-Ly est une artiste inspirée. Son talent est inné; ses poses sont naturelles et ses gestes fluides. Elle incarne spontanément les personnages qu'on lui propose et, généreuse de sa personne, elle se donne sans retenue. Pour devenir un meilleur photographe, on travaille avec Minh-Ly.

Dominique Soulard, Photographer
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