At only 18 years old, Eriya already displays the tenacity of a budding fashion designer.
She was recently the second runner-up in the EZECOM Uniform Competition.
It comes as no surprise that she is doing very well at Raffles International College, where she is a fashion design student.
“When you discover your passion and talent for something, just go for it. You’ll be able to learn quickly,” she shares.
As her family owns a tourism-based business, Eriya admits that she had a tough time convincing her parents to let her pursue a career in fashion.
“In the beginning, we definitely had some conflicts. However, I promised them that if I did not like it and had no talent, I would not continue,” she says.
Her parents have since given their full approval and support her enormously.
“I realize now that I did choose the right subject. These days, there are many international schools in Cambodia that offer more creative courses,” Eriya says.
“I’m proud to study at an internationally recognized institution like Raffles International College that teaches interior design, fashion design, decoration, etc.”
Eriya cites traveling and learning about new cultures as a way to cultivate inspiration for her designs. She herself is of Cambodian-Japanese heritage and speaks fluent Khmer, English, Japanese and French.
“I hope to pursue my studies abroad eventually and attain career success in this field,” she said.
Eriya is currently undergoing an internship at Sentosa Silk and in the not too distant future, she just may launch her own boutique.