Vanessa-Mae (born 27 October 1978) is a British violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest entertainer under 30 in the United Kingdom in 2006. She competed under the name Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand in alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but months later was banned from competition after the event that qualified her for the Olympics was found to have been manipulated and therefore, according to the International Ski Federation (FIS), she "did not qualify and should not have been participating in the Sochi 2014 Games." She has appealed the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Vanessa-Mae was born in Singapore to Vorapong Vanakorn, an English hotelier of Thai ancestry who lives in Singapore.
In 1996, Vanessa-Mae's birth father publicly criticised and disowned her, adding that "she looks like a soft-porn showgirl", after seeing pictures of his scantily clad daughter to promote her albums. Vanessa-Mae's mother and stepfather defended her, saying that her image is none of his business...
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