Hi everyone, it's me MIU!

Half-Japanese and half-Thai, I'm a free-lance semi-professional MODEL and ARTISTE based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have lived in the UK for 12 years previous to that, where my modelling career was born in 2008.

Apart from working all over the UK and Holland, assignments have taken me to Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Sweden, Ireland and, of course, my hometown Japan!

I started as a life model posing nude for artists in the late 90s and eventually put myself in front of the cameras as a glamour model and became involved in car shows and hostessing parties and events in the UK. Easily bored with the same old routine I like to vary my work. Today, much of my work lie with nude, fetish, alternative, and erotic art.

For more information, you can also find me on: http://www.minimiumodel.com/

I love to document all my shoots and events to reflect what a great time I'm having and meeting all sorts of people. Some entries may be delayed since the shoot due to waiting for edited images or just being "busy". But I do my best!


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Miu as Official Babe in Uniforms!

Funnily enough, I've been actually been getting quality work from quality photographers through Facebook and Flickr lately as compared to these dedicated sites like Purestorm or Net-Model which tend to be swarmed with GWCs (guys with cameras). Of course if it's paid work, who cares if it's a professional tog or a GWC haha...
One of such quality photographers who contacted me through FB was Jamie Smith, known as Red Brickwall. The name as such because his previous studio had a red brickwall! I was chuffed he wanted to work with me as I've seen his stuff featuring the most beautiful and perfect glamour models. His images are further top-notch and well-presented. To add, he was very friendly and reflected a genuine personality throughout our correspondence further enhanced when chatting to him over the phone. A very jolly and positive character. I was very much looking forward to it all!
We set up the shoot in our humble home on 20 April 2010. The main purpose was for him to shoot me in various sexy uniforms which he would post on his various websites. Sounds like fun and trust me it was! Jamie turned out with bags of interesting costumes and for the first set, I was to be an SS officer clad in a mini-skirt, a hat and a jacket elaborately adorned with all the medals and ornaments not to forget the swatzika armband! I was rather amused about that, knowing that I'm clearly not of the Aryan race... but then again Germany and Japan were once allies of course!
After spending 10-15 minutes looking mean and stern, my next role was to be a humble French maid. I was to be dusting our fireplace looking cute and sexy in my backless apron. Then a quick change to being the sweet virginal bride in white including the veil. We shot outside in the garden as the weather was gorgeous, right in front of our cherry tree. Another outfit change and now I was to be a copper! Dressed smartly in a sexy policeman's outfit, I posed in front of Jamie's BMW back to looking mean and stern. This was followed by donning myself in a racy red pit-girl outfit, again in front of the car but this time pouting seductively or smiling sultry.
Back inside, Jamie passed me two sets of tight skimpy minidresses. We had so much fun going through my infamous dressing room and choosing the shoes to go with each outfit! I opted for Steve Madden's zebra print heels, a perfect match for the zebra-patterned dress. I was to be on the bed, rolling and romping around seductively while he snapped away... gradually stripping down till I was nude. Yup, that was a no-brainer cuz I'm so accustomed to it but enjoy it loads!
Finally the piece de resistance! Jamie is currently promoting his website called officialbabe.co.uk which is still under construction, featuring hot sexy glamour models. The promotional shoot involved me posing in various crop-top and miniskirt combinations with slogans loudly blaring phrases like "Dont be Jealous". I was most honoured to be among the models! I wasn't even expecting this and had so much fun going in and out of the many outfit changes which he shot in our garage.
Jamie was quick to post up some of the images on FB the next day. Although my favourite uniform out of the lot was the SS officer we unfortunately felt compelled to delete it from FB as it may be a tad controversial. That said, I was very pleased with the images and smiled as he put up a collage of my many poses wearing the Dont be Jealous outfit in a banner-style image. Currently, he is away on business but promised to put up more when he returns. Can't wait! And hope to work with you again soon, Jamie... you're so awesome, thanks a ton!!!
Jamie's work can also be seen on http://www.redbrickwallproductions.co.uk

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Impromptu Shoot with Steve Jolliffe

I happened to be on Facebook when an announcement requiring a model in my turf at the last minute appeared. Apparently a rather unreliable model who was scheduled to shoot that evening hadn't been in contact so a replacement was being casted. Though it was called by Nigel Jepson, a photographer I worked with before at the Bunker shoot last fall, the photographer for the evening was Steve Jolliffe on Wednesday 31 March 2010. I never heard of this guy until the day, but after seeing his work I considered myself very lucky because his work is ever so awesome as you could see for yourselves...
And for a change of course, it was nice not to have to take my clothes off, let alone even my top! Steve was aiming to do some fashion though with a sensual glamour edge. Having jumped at the opportunity, I had a quick chat over the phone with him as to what to bring. Being a mere 5' tall, I was advised that some lingerie and sexy clubwear, as opposed to elegant dresses, would be best which suited me. I literally had three hours to get ready for this, during which time I had an appointment with a therapist whom I couldn't cancel so it was straight out of the door after it!!!
With the absence of my reliable satnav which got stolen a few days ago, I typically got lost... the drive should've taken 15 minutes but turned out at least TWICE the time. I panicked, I stressed and had it not been for my painstakingly applied make-up, I would've cried...but Steve was ever so patient and relaxed about it as I kept ringing him repeatedly pleading I'm lost. Well, he finally located me at a nearby hotel and so I followed his car... the shoot started an hour later than scheduled thanks to the idiot who knicked my satnav.... grrrr.
Nigel was at the studio to greet me. He part-owns/manages the place. After winding down with some some coffee, we got on with shooting. The first set was with me sitting on a black sofa in gold lame shorts and a gorgeous pink top with gold appliques I bought at a flee market in Nottinghill some years ago. I noticed how meticulous Steve was with the lighting as he and Nigel were discussing ways for the best effect which made me feel safe knowing that the results would be outstanding. Still both of them were very polite and pleasant and made me feel very much at ease. After Steve and I were happy with this set, Nigel took over and had a go with me in the same outfit but using a very white background, quite a contrast to the dark mood we have been creating.
The second set was using the same white background and bright lights with me in a beautiful lilac Agent Provocateur lingerie set (mine!) under a spider knitted wrap. I so had to wear that set which has been sitting in my underwear drawer for ages ready to be worn but I quite hadn't gotten around to it. Then came the piece de resistance. The third and final set was to be back in the dark setting but on a bed. Well, not quite ON it but more like spilling out of it! Seriously. I was to wear my posh red basque and panties I had bought in Tokyo many years ago with a pair of black holdups and heels to go with them. Though I had to lie down on the cold floor with my feet up, I was having so much fun and so looking forward to the result I couldn't care less!!!
I was very pleased with the results when Steve sent them to me. They were all very well thought-out with close attention to lighting, positioning and posing. And very classy yet sensual. Glamour with elegance and style is hard to come by these days but Steve, with the help of Nigel, clearly nailed it. Thank you guys!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Team Scorpio Modified Car Event - The Oscars

On 3 April 2010, Team Scorpio held their modified car show at the Ace Cafe in London. It was such an honour to be selected as one of the promo-girls by Adam Cassim the guy behind Team Scorpio, a London-based organisation that runs various car events, namely involving modified cars.

The event began late afternoon and continued on till around 11 when many modified cars of all shapes, sizes, colours and even noise levels were proudly displayed and admired by the public, also photographed not to forget with all the pretty girls next to them! Main purpose of this event, though, was to present awards to the owners of these cars ranging from best bodywork to best engine to loudest to even the worst car!! Though not much of an expert in cars myself (hey, I'm just a model, right?) I have to say I was rather impressed with that very loud car with all the speakers. Turn the music on, and it's blaring so loudly that not only will your ears fall off, your hair starts to blow all over the place!!! How cool is that?

Despite the rather chilly weather and even as a first timer as a promo-girl, I myself very much enjoyed it. After standing around and getting photographed with the 3 gorgeous Team Scorpio cars, we were the first to grab a Hummer and get shot in that too! I also got to meet some of the loveliest people there, especially the girls I worked with: Sherrie, Charly, Jade and Gemma. We made such a wonderful team!

I have Adam to thank. What a great guy, always on the run, no nonsense yet funny, pleasant and full of energy. He found me during a photoshoot I was doing for modified cars by chance run by Team Scorpio, and I must have made such an impression on him and his buddies that he invited me to join his team and since then we have had a photoshoot in December again and then this event. On 24 April, I will be joining the gang on a convoy road trip from South Mimms to Peterborough... whatever!! I look forward to that!

Find out more about Team Scorpio on http://www.teamscorpio.net
photocredits: Richard Halfday (left); Richard Duong (right)

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Fetish Shoot with Richard Suiters

Hi guys, sorry for this rather long silence. I've been working way too hard and travelling too much! I had my second shoot with Richard Suiters, this time at The Fetish Studio in Reading on Saturday 6 March 2010, followed by a few minutes of some bondage shoots outdoors despite the cold!
Richard is rather new to photography but very enthusiastic and serious about his stuff. In fact, I am honoured to announce that I was his first ever model he worked with, when he bravely decided to plunge from the "deep end" with outdoor nude shoots in November 2009 ("Nude in November"). Since then, we've stayed in touch giving each other advice and support. He wins my respect!
The first part of the day's shoot was at The Fetish Studio in Reading. The place is fully equipped with BDSM furniture, facilities and a selection of whips, chains, belts, cuffs, gags, clamps and God-knows-what. Wow! I brought with me a selection of PVC outfits and boots as well as uniforms with which I could play around. Whether sub or dom, I am luckily able to adapt easily to both persona as I could either be mean, fierce and "a complete bitch" one minute and vulnerable, scared and "hands on floor" the next minute. Please don't tell me I'm schizophrenic!
We covered various sets, including: being crucified to the wall and even gagged (sub), looking in the mirror holding a whip (dom) and red lingerie holding a feather whip (dom). Two hours, for which we booked the studio, went by too quickly! We packed up and decided to have some Subway Sandwich lunch before proceeding to secluded forest to do some bondage shoots. Unfortunately, it was about 3 or 4 when we got there so it was getting nippy and the sun was fading a little. Remember, this was before the clocks were going forward!
Still we were able to capture a few good images outdoors. I know I would regret it had I given up just because it was too cold outside. Firstly, we got my hands tied to a tree branch with red rope which on the images looked quite effective. We then also experimented with simulated strangulation with me having my neck tied to a branch - but dont try this at home!! Aphyxia is not my kinda thing so we weren't able to come up with genuinely convincing images though the effect was there! We would've liked to do more BDSM scenes outside but unfortunately it was getting too dark and the light was fading especially as we were under the trees. Next time, we'll know to do the reverse: shoot outdoors first and then indoors!
Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun with all this. We were both excited to do the shoot, Richard especially as it would have been his first one. He seemed rather pleased with the outcome. I would definitely like to do a similar one with him again, especially as we've familiarised ourselves with the studio and learnt our lessons about shooting outdoors! That said, we came up with at least a dozen of images I liked and am pleased to post up. Thanks so much, Rich, let's do it again!!!