Keiko comes to us from the Bay Area in California. This avid documentary watcher and self-proclaimed "nerd" also shoots hoops like a pro and takes muy thai martial arts for hun. Keiko is equally at home in front of a game console or computer talking smack to other Call of Duty RPG fans. Pull up a chair and joystick and see how Keiko rolls.
DSPORT: Hola, Ohayou and Kumusta Keiko. Let’s start with you telling us a little bit about yourself.
Keiko: I was born In a small town called El Centro in California but I moved to the Bay Area early on and that’s where I’ve been most of my life. My father is half Japanese-half Filipino, originally from Kawasaki, Japan and my mother is full Mexican from Mexicali, Mexico. That’s why I have to roll my “R”’s. My mom would kill me if I didn’t.
DSPORT: How long have you been modeling and how did you get into the import scene?
Keiko: My modeling career is relatively new. It started about a year-and-a-half ago by doing runway modeling. From there, I just networked out and got more into print, spokesmodeling and hosting. After I signed with my current modeling agency, jobs just kept coming and I guess my modeling career went into full swing from there. I haven’t really done too much in the import industry. I did a few spokesmodeling gigs and trade show booths, and I just recently attended my first SEMA show. That was a fun experience seeing all the crazy cars.
DSPORT: What's the most exotic location that modeling has allowed you to see?
Keiko: It’s actually kind of funny but I haven’t been to any “traditional” exotic locations. I recently came back from an East Coast tour; we visited New York, Philadelphia, Boston and a bunch of other historical places in the East. It sounds really corny but I thought it was really cool and I had a great time out there. Other than that, I guess the most exotic location would be Ensenada, Mexico.
DSPORT: When you're not modeling and nerding out at U.S. historical landmarks, what else do you do with your time?
Keiko: When I’m not modeling, I nerd out even more by playing a lot of video games and watching documentaries on the History Channel. But don’t think that I’m just a nerdy couch potato. I also love to play basketball and love to go running, I train in muy thai – basically I’ll do anything that involves being active or being outdoors.
Actually, I have to clear that up and say that I really love basketball. Ever since I watched Michael Jordan and the Bulls dominating in the 90’s I’ve been a big basketball fan. Since I was about five years old I’ve been playing on some type of basketball team or another, and I actually coached a College Women’s Basketball team for two seasons.
DSPORT: So, where do you think we'll find Keiko in five years?
Keiko: I’m currently in nursing school right now so you might see me doing that. Also, my modeling career is still on the up-and-up so I’ll have to see where that journey leads me to answer better.
If I were working my dream job in five years, I’d be Keiko Ruiz, the first female NBA coach. I recently saw that old Whoopie Goldberg movie where she ended up being the head coach for the Knicks; if I had my way that would be me.
DSPORT: Are there any parting words you'd like to say to DSPORT's readers?
Keiko: Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my journey and big thanks to DSPORT for the opportunity. If you ever see me at an event just come up and say hi – I promise I’ll be your favorite JapaMexiPina chick with nothing but good vibes. Sayonara, Adios and Hakuna Matata.