Joey Mead King: Cultivating compassion
Joey Mead King — supermodel, TV personality, and co-judge of Asia's Next Top Model — grew up in a community that valued looks more than a college degree, which may come as a surprise, considering how education is prioritised among Asian families.
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Simone begins the podcast with quote from Brené Brown: “We all struggle to understand why some people who have survived trauma — be it in combat, domestic violence, sexual or physical abuse, or the quieter but equally devastating covert traumas of oppression, neglect, isolation, or living in extreme fear or stress — exhibit tremendous resilience and lead full, wholehearted lives, while others become defined by their trauma.” Buro.’s Brave Living was founded with that in mind. Simone then goes on to introduce our next guest, Joey Mead King, whom she refers to as her former mentor and a source of inspiration for women.
As an introverted child with mostly-absent parents and impermanent surroundings, Joey often found herself alone. Kids are generally uncivilised and dangerous if left to their own devices, but she considered herself a good kid who stayed out of trouble. Here, she opens up about rescuing helpless creatures, her mother’s affair with her biological father, and the not-so-pretty years as a fearless teenager hungry to succeed before turning 30.
He was The Bad Boy — charming, successful and generous. It started with a slap after she was found talking to several boys in a club. The punches and black eyes came soon after, and for a while, she stayed because she felt like it was something she could fix.
“Ian is different,” says Joey. His persistence with her paid off. But her whirlwind romance took a turn when she discovered a woman’s underwear in their home, which Ian later admitted to be his — to her relief. They got married in Beverly Hills in 2011, and despite all the changes in their lives, including Ian’s gender identity, they remain solidly in each other’s lives.