Natalie On Siam Living

For this issue, I am very delighted to share with you the experience of meeting one of the most beautiful women in the world, (rather, the universe) who is happily settled and enjoying her “Siam Living” for almost 12 years — Miss Universe 2005, Natalie Glebova.

Natalie not only won the Miss Universe 2005 title here in Bangkok, but also the hearts of the Thai people. Here, she shares with us what made her fall in love with Thailand too and life after her reign as Miss Universe.

How did you end up here in Bangkok?

My first trip to Thailand was for the Miss Universe 2005 contest, while representing Canada. The country and the people gave us such a warm welcome, it was hard not to fall in love with it. I found myself back here time and time again during my Miss Universe reign for jobs and visits with sponsors. As I was ready to turn over the title and deciding on where to go next, I got a job offer from Singha group to be their brand ambassador for a year and I accepted right away. I felt so comfortable in Thailand and the Thais even gave me a local nickname – Fah – which means blue (for my eyes). Ten years later, and I’m still very happy with my decision to settle here. Because so many wonderful and amazing things have happened to me, this has a very special place in my heart.

What do you love most about here in “The Land of Smiles”?

There are a lot of things to love about Thailand, the food, culture, incredible destinations (beaches, mountains, temples, etc), and a hot climate, but what I love most is the pleasant atmosphere created by the people. I feel a general sense of well being and happiness coming from the people here, and there’s no tension in the air. They are happy and it rubs off on me, so I have become more loving, caring, patient and compassionate as a result of living here.

How has your life changed twelve years after your reign as Miss Universe 2005?

Being a mother has definitely changed my life in a good way. Only a parent knows the kind of fulfillment and happiness in having someone to take care of and love with all your heart. I was never able to understand it before when I heard it from other parents until I became one. It is truly a blessing which brings with it a magical quality to life like nothing else does . My priorities have changed, and so has my daily routine, but I welcome all the challenges and difficulties that come along with raising a child, because it gives my life more meaning and passion.

You are currently working with YSIS Entertainment. When did you start with the YSIS Entertainment Team?

I met my agent, Natt Kawinrachataprida, founder of YSIS Entertainment, right after giving birth to baby Maya, and we hit it off immediately. We are on the same page and have the same drive and ambition to make things happen. Natt inspires me a lot with her discipline and determination, I believe we make a good team!

Heard there is a campaign together with your lovely daughter and that you are now also doing DJ gigs. What are your upcoming projects?

Maya ’ s first campaign as a brand ambassador (before her first birthday) was recently launched. It’s for a well – known children’s clothing brand – Enfant, which is part of the ICC International group of companies. They also have the BSC brand, for which I’ve been an ambassador for many years now. I’m excited to share this journey with baby Maya, and to have her early years captured in this ad campaign. I’m sure she will look back on this time when she’s older and smile. I’m also excited to help design for the baby collection, labeled Hello Marine by Enfant, and this will be my first time as a designer. Together with Maya we are looking to explore more commercial opportunities for both parenting and kids’ brands!

My husband Dean and I started an online travel – sharing community – Travelbook, which is now in private beta but you can request an invite by emailing us invite@travelbook.co

This community is for anyone who loves to travel or even for those just discovering new and exciting places in their hometown and sharing their experiences with friends and fellow travelers. We hope to create a community of people who want to share their wanderlust and passion for travel with the world and exchange their most cherished experiences amongst themselves. I am also excited that our baby Maya will have all her travels securely documented and easily accessed by us and by her when she grows up. She won’t run the risk of lost of photos, names of places where we went, hotels we stayed at, and fantastic restaurants we dined in. It’s perfect for families and parents who want to preserve their precious family travel moments.

I’m still booking MC and DJ gigs around the South – East Asia region, specifically at beach clubs and at daytime events, which fits my style of music – happy, fresh and “summery”.

How was your recent visit to the Philippines for the Miss Universe 2016 pageant? Was it your first time to visit Manila?

I loved visiting Manila with my family to watch the Miss Universe 2016 pageant live ! It was our second visit, after my hosting gig for the Miss Global 2016 pageant last August . We met so many fantastic and enthusiastic fans, and everyone was so hospitable and welcoming. I love the energy and passion of the Filipino people, and we are looking forward to returning once again to explore more this beautiful country, particularly the beaches of Palawan, Boracay, and Cebu.