HK Magazine: Just to confirm: you were representing HK? Aurelia Chenat: Yes. I’ve been living in Hong Kong for three years now. I came here on a three-month modeling contract, fell in love with the city and never left. It’s like, China plus New York. Plus, I’m from Marseilles, so being near the ocean is important for me. HK: What got you involved in the Amazing Race Asia? AC: I had a friend who represented Hong Kong last year. I love traveling and all the extreme, crazy sports like bungee jumping, skydiving and wakeboarding. And I saw the American version, which was so cool. I thought, hey, here’s an opportunity to do things that you normally can’t do in real life. And it was a hell of an experience. Every emotion you feel on a reality show is magnified. It’s strange – I feel so much more alive in hyper-reality. HK: What was your lowest point on the show? AC: We were in New Zealand. We drove for three hours in the wrong direction. We lost a lot of time and my teammate lost it completely. HK: And you ate six Balut eggs. AC: At least it wasn’t live squirming maggots like in Fear Factor. I don’t get it. I’d rather jump out of planes. HK: Anything that bad happen to you during your modeling career? AC: I’ve been in the modeling business since I was seventeen. Modeling is like university for me. I’ve been quite lucky, I guess. I’ve never had perverts put drugs in my drinks. But it’s pretty bad when you’re posing in nothing but a bikini on a Parisian roof in winter. HK: You argue a lot on ARA. Is that a requirement? AC: I’m French, I naturally like constructive argument. Well it’s not like TV management demands that we catfight in seven different countries. But when you have two girls staying in the same room, there is bound to be bitchiness. Actually, I adhered to my rule of diplomacy for survival: just don’t answer. I actually felt like there was no time to argue – my partner, she was arguing for two. HK: Will the catwalk be enough of a challenge now? AC: Of course not. I wanted to be in psychiatry before I went into modeling.