HK: Have you al­ways felt this way? YD:

HK Magazine - - UPFRONT -

Around two years ago, I de­vel­oped eczema on my face. I then re­al­ized how much I cared about the way I looked and how af­fected I was by the main­stream def­i­ni­tion of “pretty.” My Chi­nese med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner said the con­di­tion of my skin was partly a re­flec­tion of my emo­tions, so I be­gan pay­ing more at­ten­tion to my in­ner self.

I also felt re­ally in­se­cure about my fig­ure. Many girls here be­lieve look­ing good means be­ing stick-thin. I was one of them. About a year ago I started ex­er­cis­ing ex­ces­sively to the ex­tent that I stopped men­stru­at­ing. I sus­pected that I had a prob­lem, and was sub­se­quently in­spired by the im­ages of healthy, toned girls I saw on so­cial me­dia. I started eat­ing more nu­tri­tious food, adding weights to my work­outs and picked up Muay Thai. I stopped pur­su­ing typ­i­cal beauty ideals and stopped think­ing about los­ing weight. I want to be a role model for other women in this re­spect, but hope to de­velop a more ma­ture mind­set be­cause, as an in­flu­encer, peo­ple lis­ten to what you say.

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