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Cambodian American model, nurse, and activist iKandy was born on March 28th 1982 near Washington DC to refugee parents. iKandy’s mother and father attempted to build a better life in the Washington DC area after fleeing Cambodia and barely escaping the genocide of the brutal Khmer Rouge Regime. The stress and unfamiliarity of American ways, customs, and their past took a toll on the migrant family, and throughout her childhood iKandy found herself bearing the brunt of her parents’ rage and suffering.

During adolescence iKandy struggled to find a cultural niche, until 2000 when she graduated high school and declared emancipation from her parents. She quickly learned the hard way that success would only come if she grabbed life by the horns and steered in the direction of her dreams.

After gaining understanding of her nurturing and compassionate side iKandy graduated college with a degree in nursing. In 2006, having a solid education under her belt, iKandy decided to dabble in her dreams and began participating in the modeling industry. By 2008 she had established a solid career, and she moved to New Orleans, after facing many hardships of raising a family on her own, she decided to search for a missing passion and deeper meaning to her life. She soon encountered photographer, C.E Wiley, who taught her how to immerse herself in the entertainment industry and to reach within herself to acknowledge what beauty means. This process of self-exploration and reflection led iKandy to long for an improvement in the lives of future generations of Cambodians and their families. She put her drive and compassion to good use and became a Cambodian Rights Activist.

iKandy strives to use modeling for a greater good, spreading awareness and fostering activism regarding the people and culture of Cambodia. She envisions an optimistic future for her parents’ country, a future where equality is protected, where cultural development is valued, and where freedom of expression is prized.

Within the past year iKandy’s good karma has finally caught up with her. She has been featured on over thirty plus websites, appeared in over seven magazines and Ne-Yo’s music video, and acted in various films alongside Hollywood A-listers Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Brittany Murphy. Most recently iKandy was selected as a Seagram’s Model, and she is featured in their 2011 calendar. She is involved with her own project, The Strengthening Cambodian Communities Project (TSCCP) and recently directed and coordinated an events with another non-profit called Nomi Network, to help combat human trafficking on a global and local scale. With her incredible drive, overwhelming compassion, and astonishing beauty there is no doubt that the door to opportunity is only beginning to open. Still iKandy remains humbly excited about what lies to come.

Model, Nurse, Actress, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Strengthening Cambodian Communities Project (TSCCP), Spokes model for Cambodia Baseball Federation
Dynasty Series - Pic of the Day - December 2009
Cred Online Magazine - January 2010 Issue
Amara Philly Online Magazine - January 2010 Issue
Cred Xclusive Magazine - February 2010 Issue
Titanium Girlz Xtra - February/March 2010 Issue.
Amara Magazine March 2010
Amara Magazine May 2010
504Source Magazine May/June 2010
Block Beauties Magazine Sept Issue 2010
VBlazin Magazine Oct Issue 2010
Mafia Magazine Nov 2010

*WEBSITES* (Beginning from March 2010)
Interview with Miss Vannette
Interview with Radio Host T Mill
Coast2Coast Mag Ad for CrazyNsane pg. 27 Issue #10
Interview with Cambodian Alliance of the Arts
VBlazin Magazine Oct 2010
Gambit CUE Mag July 2010

ALA Trade Show -2007
Who Do You Know Here? Productions - 2007
Lifetime Movie - Tribute - 2008
Axe Body Spray Promo - 2008
Krewe of Boo Parade - 2008
Rounders Magazine Promo 2008
Rounder Magazine January 2009 Issue
MMA Promotions 2009 2009 2009
Ne-Yo's Never Knew Music Video 2009
Merjah Amor Magazine 2009
Hip Hop & Fashion TV SHOW -NOATV - December 2009 - Live
Pictage Convention 2009
Feature Film - The Mechanic -2009
Follow Your Dreams Robert Mechum Foundation Event -December 2009
Miss MamboMundo January 2010 -
Cred Magazine January 2010 Issue
Hip Hop & Fashion TV Show - NOATV - January 2010 - Live
Seagrams 2011 Calendar
Louisiana Tourism Commercial 2010

Austin Scarlett Bridal Show - 2008
Jvon Face of Glamour - 2009
Vivacious Model Costume Fashion Show -2009
Merjah Amor - New Orleans Finest Magazine - 2009

The Mechanic