Hey there!

My name is Mimi. I’m an iOS developer, model, and undergraduate senior at New College of Florida, where I’m pursuing a double bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics. I was Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s first iOS software engineer intern this previous summer, where I led a team of interns to develop our first fully-functional app, am a recent Big Nerd Ranch iOS Essentials bootcamp alum, and was the member of the winning team in my area’s NASA Space Apps Hackathon this past May.

I’ll be developing Catch, an iOS marketplace app for secondhand clothing (aka a Tinder for clothes) while playing startup founder/CEO in order to satisfy the requirements for a senior thesis in my chosen majors.

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Asian Barbie started out more than two years ago as a fashion blog for girly dresses. I soon realized that I liked talking about computer science, music, philosophy, strategy, economics, and how the world works more than I liked talking about clothes. What you see here is basically a slightly more curated version of what goes on in my mind, weird ideas and all. I teach myself Data Structures, Algorithms, and Swift 4. I contemplate how music videos would look like if I got to style and direct them. I write about things like getting over impostor syndrome, dealing with gender dysphoriaavoiding real-life premature optimization, and how I predict being old would feel like. I post the occasional outfit of the day. Articles used to be published on a strict Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule, but I now think it’s better to let things happen organically (generally at least twice a week).

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I also offer freelance modeling and Instagram brand management services to local brands. All of the photos on this site are styled, planned, shot, and edited by yours truly, and you can take a look at my past work on Instagram. I’d love to help you and your business out! If you’d like to work with me, drop me a line and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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I literally thank the Universe every day that I get to do what I love and post all over the Internet about it. If you’re tired of constantly checking back for updates, subscribe to my email list and I’ll send you weekly updates with new posts, other people’s articles that were thought-provoking, and whatever else I think would be cool to include.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy what you find. 

Mimi Chenyao // Asian Barbie