For the many city folk who depend on public transport, getting a taxi when you need one can sometimes prove to be a trying experience.
Ford Models Supermodel of the World Malaysia 2009 Kelly Jagan, however, does not have that problem as her father drives one.
Dad, who just got his taxi permit last year and drives an NGV-powered Proton Exora MPV, has been her “main” hire.
“As we are living together, it’s very easy to get hold of him. I will usually book him for all my appointments and he will fetch me, drop me off, then pick me up later,” the lanky 1.77m tall beauty with an enchanting smile tells Star Rev.
In addition to the convenience of getting a taxi any time of the day, this also goes some way in helping dad’s business.
Her father was driving timber lorries in Sabah when he met Kelly’s mum, a teacher.
The family lived in Sabah for several years before moving back to Kuala Lumpur, her father’s hometown.
Of Indian and Chinese parentage, Kelly’s looks gravitate towards the exotic.
It surprises many to discover that she speaks Chinese and has given interviews on television in Mandarin.
“People who meet me for the first time will usually ask me about my background.
“When people look at me, they will confuse me for all kinds of nationalities,” she says.
“I was once addressed as Ning Baizura and the most outrageous incident was when I was mistaken for Beyonce! That was hilarious and yet such a compliment,” she says.
Kelly is also a modelling instructor at two academies, a college and an institution.
She won the Stylo Best Muse Award 2011 with designer Keith Kee last year.
“Keith and I entered the competition just to gain experience. We never thought we would win anything as it was our first time,” says the 22-year-old Sabah-born beauty who has been modelling since she was 16.
She has appeared in several TV commercials and made appearances in campaigns for MBF Cards, Pensonic, Parkson, Suria KLCC, Shu Eumura and Maxis, among others.
Last year, she played a cameo role in the Hong Kong-Malaysia-Singapore production of the movie I Love Wing Chun.
“I don’t mind acting but modelling is still my priority,” she says.
To play her character in that brief scene, Kelly had to pick up some kung fu skills from a Wing Chun martial arts expert.
“In the scene, I had to swing my arms wide while holding a oversized comb in each hand in a barbershop.
“It’s important to get the timing correct as I had to overlap the swinging of both hands. If the timing is wrong, my arms would knock into each other and spoil everything,” she says.
But of course, Kelly knows that the day for her to drive on her own would come.
The Perodua Kancil used by her driving school has often been a challenge for her.
“I had to slide the car seat back to its fullest before I could fit in the car. It always feels like I’m trapped inside and every time I turn or move around, I am bound to hit something,” she laughs.
Kelly hopes to get her driving licence in about a month’s time.
“I cannot wait to drive myself to work. That is my ultimate goal of independence as I will not have to depend on others any more,” she says.
She managed to get her lanky frame to fit quite comfortably inside the Peugeot RCZ which we were reviewing at the time.
While there is lots she can’t make sense or figure out about the sports car, like its aluminium pedals or cramped rear seats, suffice to say that it was love at first sight.
She is especially taken by the RCZ’s soft lines and flowing curves, and the retractable rear spoiler, which reminded her of the Batmobile.
“Also, I like the ample boot space very much – I can fit all my modelling necessities.
“I need to carry many things around with me for work,” she says with a laugh.