Chloe Nguyen

Chloe Nguyen

Meet the individual twin

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In many ways, Chloe Nguyen’s story is best told from two perspectives. It begins with her dual heritage, as the daughter of Vietnamese parents raised in Texas, USA, and with an identity that is inextricably tied to her identical twin. Her sense of self has long been defined by a strong connection to her sister. “Actually, we've been talking about this a lot. As twins, we constantly talk to each other about ourselves and only recently did we realise that we should probably spend a little time apart,” she explains. “When I’m in Houston, we spend every waking moment together. We always thought we were exactly the same, but now that we're a little older, we're starting to notice our differences more. She encourages me to be myself – actually, we kind of do that with each other. I feel secure because of my strong relationship with her - and my other sisters of course. I figure myself out by talking to her.“

Style and haircuts are an obvious way for the twins, who also model together occasionally, to emphasise their individuality, Chloe tells us, “that‘s something where we really express ourselves differently. For example, she had bangs for a little bit and it would confuse me when I saw pictures of her because I would think it was me. Normally, she has long hair and no bangs and I feel it is nice to be separate like that.“

Chloe describes her personality as shy and introverted, but that is only one aspect of her character. “I've always been kind of quiet, and I used to think that was a bad thing, because we live in an extrovert world, but now I kind of like it. I spend a lot of time being introspective, so I think a lot about who I am, and I feel authentic when I am not trying to be what everyone else expects,” she explains. On the other hand, “people tend to think that you're either introverted or extroverted, but it's actually more of a spectrum.” 

Her job travelling the world as a model, as well as at least one of her hobbies, tell of outgoing and extroverted personality traits. “I love singing. I was a huge choir nerd, I was in my school's musical and I grew up with a lot of music. I didn't know what elective to take when I was in Junior High, so I took choir because it was easy and actually really got into it. It was probably one of the most fulfilling things I ever did.”

 She still likes to sing, especially when cooking, which is her other great passion. “Oh yeah, definitely. That's one of my favourite things to do actually. I don't know how my neighbours feel about it - but I blast music and sing along in the kitchen.”

Currently, Chloe’s time is split between modelling and school, but once she graduates, she would like to go to culinary school. She’s already brushing up on her kitchen skills by experimenting with vegan and whole foods recipes in her free time. Her Asian heritage influence has long influenced her ideas about clean, vegetable-based eating, but it’s only recently that she decided to take the next step towards eliminating animal products from her diet. “Vietnamese cuisine is very vegetable based,” she tells us. “I try to eat vegan, but I think whole foods are more important. I feel like you should eat to make you feel good. Ever since I tried eating more vegan foods, I really appreciate the flavours of the ingredients more.”

Chloe is one of the faces of the Authentic Beauty Movement and everything from her individual hair cut to her unique personality traits illustrates exactly what the movement is all about. During the photoshoot, she assertively showcased her authentic and individual beauty in front of the camera, but also admits that to her, being authentic doesn’t always come easy. “I feel like it can be hard to be authentic. Authenticity to me is being true to yourself, trying to be confident in yourself, not worrying about what other people think of you. It's following your passions, focusing on what you want to do and not on who you are trying to be.”

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