Life of a race wife

The fashion, art, and entertainment landscape may be changing at lightning speed, but modeling icon and TV host Joey Mead-King remains calm, composed, and tres chic amid it all, choosing to help cultivate a mindful community that respects each person’s individuality

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It didn’t come off as a surprise when supermodel and TV host Joey Mead-King chose a car haven as the location of this collab shoot—after all, she is the wife of a multi-awarded race car driver, and one tough, adventurous lady on her own. Her eyes beamed as she talked about her penchant for muscle cars and her new art deco tattoo, the first in a series that’s meant to form a cascading tiered necklace from one arm, across her back, all the way to her other arm.

Happily married to Angie King, currently working on an exciting new lifestyle talk show, at the helm (with Angie) of a fast-selling new makeup collection, still at the top of her game as an events host, Joey couldn’t ask for more—what with her and Angie’s bond just getting stronger and stronger, no matter the challenges life throws their way. And yes, including the slew of people who try to flirt with Angie.

“I can be very territorial—I’m like ‘that’s my asawa’. When people get flirty towards Angie, I get inis. I don’t think people realize that I have that—they think Angie and I are like sisters. Nope, I’m the asawa so I want that attention to myself,” Joey shares.

It has been quite a journey for the Kings, but their love for one another remains in pursuit of the best for the other person. They’re very supportive of each other’s endeavors (they indulge on a lot of time together by traveling, and through their shared love for cars— racing cars for Angie, muscle cars for Joey).

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Relaxing Sundays are highlighted by couple time along with their fave cars, and hefty breakfasts (they are healthy eaters during the week but enjoy good ‘ol pancakes and tocilog on cheat days). Interestingly though, as fast a racer as Angie is, that’s how chill Joey is. “I drive like a lola,” she adds with a laugh.

On the flip side of this strong-willed yet candid Joey is a woman who is out to help make this world a better place, her compassionate heart shining luminously, shaped by the experiences of her youth.

“In my 20s, I was fearless, feeling invincible—but all feeling lang until I got really hurt. Then the barricades went down when I had an abusive relationship. I had nothing to support my fearlessness, it was all spontaneous, all fumes. But that’s what happens when you’re young—you go in like you’re blazing into life,” she shares. 

Joey, who has seen it all, tried it all, been it all, in more than a decade of modeling and hosting, has been steadfast in trying to cultivate a healthier mindset among everyone through her influence. Mindful living, as she calls it, has been close to her heart and she knows that conscious efforts to choose to respect one another’s individuality and to embrace your personal individuality, will help make this world a better place.

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She has also arrived at this mindfulness in terms of her craft. As she transitioned from one pose to the next in this shoot, Joey, upon a good reminder from our photographer Gee Plamenco, just let go of that model fierceness and let her relaxed, natural light shine.

“Modeling is like a muscle memory for me. You can make me do anything and I won’t make a fuss about it but now I look at what I’m doing like an art piece, like we’re all painters. No longer like, ‘this is an editorial let’s do this’. There’s actual involvement and personal interest. That was what was good with GP saying ‘no control’ because I was going to keep it controlled and robotic, and then I didn’t—I just let go,” she shares.

There’s no doubt Joey is in her element in this shoot—high fashion, cars, self-expression—but what’s truly refreshing are the new bits of information we discovered about this power woman that speaks to this ultra dynamic, ever online generation to stop and reflect on the lives we’ve been living:

Social media equals social good. “Several years ago, I did reality TV, I did the format for three years but then it was a format which I felt like ‘I was done with this, I’ve exhausted this. It’s not really something I want in my life. It’s manipulative, it’s super TV like we need to pump it up for TV. I felt hypocritical sometimes and I didn’t want to criticize a young woman anymore. I want social good to be my work. And if I’m gonna have social media, I’m gonna make it for social good.”

Her current TV project may primarily be about style, but it’s also a whole lot about being comfortable with who you are. “For my show on the Metro Channel, it’s nourishing to talk to all these women and see their perspectives on style. It’s all very different with all of them and it comes down to being comfortable with who you are no matter what you’re attracted to when it comes to style.”

Camaraderie never goes out of style. “In the local modeling scene, I see a lot of groups that are still friends, different batches. I think the Philippines is the only one that celebrates it, what with PMAP also. There’s something endearing about keeping your ties with who you started with—and I do not have this with my friends in Singapore, we’ve modeled at the same time but we have no ‘batches.’ It’s only here in Manila, which is the camaraderie, which is the family. I see even the younger groups, they have a ‘tribe.”

Don’t be judgmental—just don’t. “If there was one thing I learned in my mid-30s, it was that I was judgmental. I didn’t like that. Don’t be judgy, it doesn’t do anyone any good, it doesn’t do you any good. Manila can be judgy—I didn’t like being judged, but wait, I realized I was judging also. In my early 30s, I was deep into that whole being judged situation that it affected my relationships, it affected my life, it affected my health. Now I feel dark when I judge something, I’ve gotten allergic to judging. If I’m upset, I talk about the situation that upset me, not attack the other person’s looks or character. ‘Cause I feel sick if I do otherwise. I make sure I don’t bring home the negative energy also because I, too, am still being judged. Like in events, it can get pretentious—that’s why people gravitate towards the bar, to loosen up.”

Age really ain’t nothing but a number—stop falling into the trap of believing otherwise. “I was giving myself ageism. I felt like at 33, I shouldn’t be wearing this or that. For shoots and events, I was dressed so often in something I felt had no connection to the job I was doing so I started asking myself, ‘What do you like wearing?’ And then I got into thinking, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t wear this because it makes me older; or, ‘Oh no, that’s too young’. I think at 37 I kicked that habit already because I was like, ‘Who’s gonna care?’ I was past that age where I care. Wear a cropped top, you can. Wear baggy jeans, so what? All of a sudden, my style choices just became louder. I actually felt like I was more comfortable with who I am as an individual. It doesn’t matter how young I am—I can wear something because I like it.”