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Who and how did you want to work in the entertainment industry?
When I was in middle school, I used to go through the countless fashion magazines that my aunt had at her house. It’s kind of (okay maybe super) cliche, but opening up Vogue 10 years ago changed my entire perspective about myself and personal style and career aspirations. I guess I also have elements of fashion in my blood (my father’s mother used to sew me clothing when I was younger, and my mother’s mother used to own a clothing boutique in Taiwan) and actually a lot of what I grew up wearing was my mom’s–when I go back to California sometimes I still habitually go through her closet and taking things hoping she won’t notice.
Is there a place where you feel comfortable and what makes it special?
The place I truly belong in is being a young Asian American woman in the fashion industry, and also navigating what it means to have this identity in New York City. Being a minority both in my race and my sex forces me to remind myself that I have a responsibility of opening up and paving the path that I’m making and taking so that other young girls who will be, or are in, my position are encouraged and feel inspired and empowered to pursue whatever they seek in life.
Is there a theme or a cause you are passionate about?
I’m passionate about women’s/reproductive health, largely due to my personal experiences and issues with my own menstruation. My followers know that I am extremely open about what is happening with my body, and although it took me a bit to open up about my personal health problems, I became determined to further break the stigma about being vocal about issues like periods and bleeding–because every woman goes through it! It’s in the very elementary stages, but I’m brainstorming a special project involving this subject matter and I hope I can launch it as soon as possible!
When you have a bad day and you’re not sure what to wear, what do you wear to feel comfortable and powerful?
When I’m having a bad day, putting on a great pair of sunglasses always makes me feel more comfortable. It’s funny because it’s almost like I’m hiding from the world (maybe in a sense I am?), but I also feel like I become a mystery to the people around me and they’re wondering and become curious about who’s behind the glasses.
What is your morning ritual that keeps you sane?
I am the number one proponent for eating breakfast. Eating is literally one of the first things I do when I wake up, and it’s an essential part of my routine before I leave the house. Most of my friends know I eat oatmeal (whole grain, lowers cholesterol) everyday, along with fruit (berries because they’re low in sugar, or even 1/4 of a banana), cacao nibs (antioxidants), maca powder (good for hormones and energy), cinnamon (controls blood pressure), coconut shreds (unsweetened, good fat) and sometimes a splash of almond milk. This really gets me going!
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