V I R G I N I A H E Y
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''I have been passionate about Art my whole life.. Fine Art.. Performing Art.. Perfumers Art.. Photographic Art.. Design.. Fashion Direction/Production.. the Art of Physiology and the Anatomy of Body, Mind & Spirit.''
Virginia Hey is best known throughout the world as a former top model and high profile actress with an extensive list of acting credits, and a 46 year track history with the entertainment, fashion, natural health and beauty industry. Born in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Hey was educated in both Sydney and the UK. As an adult she divided her life between Sydney, London and Los Angeles.
Ms Hey has a very soft cultured Austalian/British accent.
Miss Hey, devotee of health and wellbeing, is known worldwide for her roles on TV and film, however all throughout her adult life Virginia has also pursued her passion for studying natural therapies, Naturopathy, Reiki, Nutrition and Homoeopathy, as well as perfume, candle and soap design, and inner and outer beauty.
Miss Hey moved from Sydney to Los Angeles in 2002, and in 2012 relocated to the UK touring the UK and worldwide making personal appearances at Comiccons.
My Logo chop (Red square at the top of the pages)
Ive had that since I was a teenager, its been my logo since then, before home printers.
I found an old Chinese man in a market carving stamps with your name at the base written in Chinese, the stamps were made of hand carved Jade, and your name was carved into the base of the rectangular stamp.
My name doesn't exist in Chinese, so it was created from 4 symbols that phonetically sounded like Virginia "Fo Ji Ni Ya" .. Those 4 symbols Ive used all my life since then as my letterhead logo, I would stamp the jade stick into the little red pot of ink he gave me and then stamp the top centre of a piece of paper or envelope..
That was my signature logo way before home printing.. and continues to be 50 years later!
I recently found out the meaning of the four individual characters..
The top right character means "Fo" = Buddhist or Buddha
Bottom right character mans "Ji" = Great happiness
Top left character means "Ni" = Nun
Bottom left character means " Ya" = Asia
Virginia's career in front of the camera started as a high fashion model appearing on several magazine covers whilst she was studying Fine Arts in 1970 in Sydney Australia. Virginia began her career after being discovered at a bus stop by Wendy Adnam, editor of a fashion and art magazine Pol. Virginia modelled for a year then travelled back to the UK where she worked as a photographer for the music indusry. Miss Hey returned to Australia in 1977, and was discovered yet again, and this time it led to a full blown career as a model and then actress for 42 years! Ms Hey was spotted/scouted at a cocktail party by Vitek Czernuszyn who introduced her to Peter Chadwick and Stuart Cameron, and that started the most incredible career and friendships that changed her her forever!
Vitek at that time had a Society column in one of Sydney’s premier newspapers. He had an eye for what was trending at the time, and he saw potential in Virginia so raced her across the room to meet Peter Chadwick, the best agent in Australia!
Virginia had an incredible career being guided by Chadwicks. They were definitely the #1 agency back then, and have continued to be so until this day, they have launched and guided the careers of Australia’s most successful modelsshe moved into full time modelling.
Modelling distracted her course away from Fine Arts, but Virginia soon found herself snapped-up by casting folk. She started her acting career in television advertisements (57 in all), television dramas and films in Australia and the UK. She appeared in a music video for "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. The video is remembered best for being the first music video broadcast on MTV in 1981.
Her film and television credits include the Warrior Woman in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and General Pushkin's girlfriend in the Bond film The Living Daylights. She is well known for the role of the blue-skinned alien priestess Zotoh Zhaan in Farscape, for which she was nominated for best supporting actress by the Saturn Awards. Hey has also appeared in various Australian soap operas including Prisoner (Cell Block H) as Leigh Templar, Neighbours as Beth Travers, E Street as Jennifer St. James, and Pacific Drive as Margaux Hayes.
Acting was fascinating to Virginia because it was an intense creative art, and also because it provided her with work in a field she loved. ''film''. (She had majored in Photography at Art School.)
Miss Hey's list of acting credits can be seen at the International Movie Data Base, IMDB: www.imdb.me/virginiahey
Many of the 70s/80s top models went on to become fashion editors, prized for their knowledge and experience of fashion and style. Miss Hey was a fashion editor/stylist for 2 magazines in Australia in the 90s inbetween acting jobs.
''In those days the models from the 70s made absolutely brilliant fashion editors, because in our day we did everything, we did our own make up, our own hair and our own styling. We weren’t just pretty faces, you had to be very creative and artistic to make it through to being a top model back in the day. So with my art background, good eye and years of experience as a top model I made a jolly good Fashion Editor.''
White Flower Lei
Virginia had her own range of products for 17 years, called White Flower Lei. The line stated with perfumes, then moved to candles, then to soaps and bath products. The candles first launched in Fred Segal in Los Angeles in 2002. Miss Hey continues to custom handmake bath products occaisionally for a handful of clients.
Ms Hey is in her late 60s, retired and living in England where she attends small Comiccons every couple of months.