April 28th, 2014
October 2014 SCORE magazine (on-sale July 8th, 2014) will mark 20 years since Minka's debut in October 1994 issue. That in itself in the world of big-bust modeling is a major achievement when so many models come and go.
Before becoming a dancer and model, Minka was a ranked tennis player, something that remains her passion to this day.
"One day, I was playing in the Asian Olympic Games in Chicago, and my friend, she's a plastic surgeon, she and I were showering together and she said to me, 'Why don't you get into the men's magazines? Don't teach tennis. How much money can you make teaching tennis?'
"I didn't even know about the magazines. I had never seen them. So she brought SCORE magazine the next day, and she said she'd never seen any cover of SCORE with an Asian girl. She said, 'You have a photogenic face. You're going to make it.' When my friend showed me the magazine, I saw the telephone number and that's what I called. I sent three Polaroid pictures. In all the pictures, I had a natural smile on my face. And it was going to be the first time an Asian girl was on the cover. That was very important to me."
Minka was in fact the first Asian model to become a covergirl in the big-bust magazine category.
"So John Graham got the pictures, then he called my house. He said, 'An airplane ticket is going to be at your house in one or two days. I want you to come to England.' That's it. So I went to England. And he took a test picture and said I would be on the cover, and then he said that I would be a feature dancer. I followed what Lisa Lipps and Casey James were doing. I didn't know how to dance that way.