HK: Have you always felt this way? YD:
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.