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Michele Ronja Waagaard

Born to Norwegian and Thai parents, Michelle Ronja Waagaard is a Thai model, pop star and radio host who rose to fame by winning Model of the Year for the Thai teen magazine "The Boy" in 1995.

She has appeared in music videos for stars such as Bird Thongchai McIntyre, Raptor, Fly, U.H.T, and Maew Jerasak. In 1996, she landed a record deal with Grammy Entertainment in Thailand. she and 7 other teenagers released the teen-friendly album "Teen 8 Grade A." The album sold over 100,000 copies and the band eventually went on tour. After a year on the road, the four girls in the band came together and created Thailand's first pop girl band JAMP from Jennifer, Anna, Michele and Por. JAMP released two albums "JAMP" and "Bungorn ao tae dance." After several years of touring, the girls split up and went their separate ways in 2001.

Ms. Waagaard became a full-time catwalk model. And was for many years, she was seen on the catwalk for the biggest Thai fashion designers. She was at the time considered one of Thailand's biggest supermodel and considered a fashion staple in the Thai fashion industry, coveting many magazine covers. In 2002, she became a VJ for MTV Thailand. She hosted MTV POP with Rowena Kennett and MTV ROCK. She moved back to her birth country Norway in 2005. There she hosted and produced a daily music show SVISJ SHOW for the national broadcasting network NRK as well as also attending Noroff Institute taking Film and TV broadcasting. In December 2008, she hosted the fourth annual GBOB Challenge (the Global Battle Of The Bands World Finals) in central London.

From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Waagaard moved on to work for a Bangkok local radio station WAVE FM 88 where she hosted the morning show and weekend show.

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