MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Intelligence. Passion. Integrity. Commitment. Compassion. These words might not be the first that come to mind when qualifying an individual known more for her looks and celebrity than for humanitarian and social contributions. But in this case, they serve to define an intensely talented woman with a profound desire to make a meaningful difference.

Denise Keller exploded onto the pop-culture scene after winning Ford Super Model of the World Singapore in 2000. She was catapulted to the heights of the fashion world, modeling extensively throughout Southeast Asia, as well as in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Working with many of the industry's most renowned photographers, Denise graced covers of the international editions of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Women's Weekly and countless others.

It wasn't long before her luminous personality began to shine through. MTV Asia was among the first to recognize Denise's exceptional communication skills, inviting her to fill one of broadcasting's most sought-after entertainment positions - MTV VJ. For almost a decade, her effortless humor, exquisite timing and on-air charisma have placed her among the region's most popular MTV personalities of all time.

Denise then made a remarkably seamless transition of genres, earning her immediate viewership recognition and industry accolades for hosting major travel and lifestyle television programs such as the extremely popular Discovery Travel & Living series, "Passage to Malaysia". The series garnered multiple nominations and won Best Lifestyle Program at the 2010 Asia TV Awards. Denise's passion and talent for developing engaging factual content will see her taking on exciting new roles behind the camera in 2011.

As her popularity increased, it was clear to myriad sponsors that Denise is the ideal person to reach out to the extremely valuable youth audience segment. Thus, she has become the face of various fashion, luxury and lifestyle brands - including Olay, Shiseido, Nokia, DeBeers and Toshiba - and served as a Longines "Ambassadress of Elegance" for four years.

As the Asia-Pacific Fashion Ambassador for MasterCard, Denise was the Fashion Reporter for key Fashion Week events across Asia. She also starred in the high-profile and extremely successful MasterCard "Priceless Moments" campaign - widely seen in 10 countries throughout the region.

In 2011, Denise became the Brand Ambassador for True Yoga and True Fitness. A dedicated yoga practitioner from the age of 15, her passion for health and fitness - coupled with her inspirational approach to living - make her the ideal spokesperson for the "True Inspirations" campaign.

In order to get a true sense her talent, however, it's best to experience Denise "live". Her presence can transform an ordinary promotional event into an unforgettable entertainment extravaganza. This is evidenced through her prolific body of work as a host and MC for live shows and events across the continent. Recent performances include The Singapore Design Festival, the Audi Fashion Festival Opening Gala, the APEC Ministerial Meeting Welcome Reception and Singapore's National Day Parade.

Yet, beyond all her accomplishments, Denise is most passionate about the causes she supports. A tireless campaigner for social and charitable issues, Denise is deeply involved in World Contraception Day, a global campaign that seeks to facilitate a world in which every pregnancy is wanted.

Moreover, Denise is proud to serve as an advisory council member for The Climate Project (TCP), a non-profit social enterprise headed by former US Vice President Al Gore. TCP is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the climate crisis, and increasingly emphasizes "solutions" through partnerships with the public and private sectors.

Ultimately, it's difficult to put a label on someone with such an eclectic portfolio - someone with such an impressive range of interests and talents. But regardless of how you see her - as a model, performer, producer or crusader - Denise Keller is far more than meets the eye.