One of the favourite muses of Hong Kong's fash­ion de­sign­ers, Kary Ng shares a glimpse of her life undis­torted by In­sta­gram

KARY NG shares a glimpse of her life, undis­torted by In­sta­gram, with JAN­ICE JANN

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HER PE­TITE FRAME con­tains an edgier, larg­erthan-life per­son­al­ity that sets Kary Ng apart from her sweeter-than-pie peers in the mu­sic in­dus­try. She is mar­ried to her long-stand­ing sweet­heart Brian Hung, who was for­merly nick­named Hong Kong's Prince of Ten­nis. Ng is one of the few mem­bers of the once nine-strong girl band Cook­ies that still works in en­ter­tain­ment. She has an eye for clothes and a fig­ure that makes her a favoured muse for fash­ion de­sign­ers.

Kary, you be­gan your singing ca­reer in high school. Did you al­ways know that was what you wanted to do?

I've al­ways liked to sing. I've al­ways loved do­ing mu­sic. When I was in high school, I re­alised I liked to per­form. I started en­ter­ing dif­fer­ent singing com­pe­ti­tions and per­form­ing at school. I re­mem­ber when I was 13 or 14, I told my­self I needed to get a record deal.

That came true when you signed with EMI.

For one of the singing com­pe­ti­tions, one of the judges was my ex-col­league from EMI, and they were, like, “Oh, I quite like this girl. Maybe she can come in for an au­di­tion?” I went in and they liked me, so they were like, “Oh, we want to sign you, but with eight other girls.” So that's how the girl band Cook­ies started. I was quite sad though.

Be­cause you wanted to be a solo artist?

Yes, but I was so young that I don't think I knew what I was do­ing. Now that I have thought about it, I'm grate­ful I had the op­por­tu­nity to grow with the girls. I don't think I could have done it alone.

Was it tough be­ing the youngest in the group?

It was hard to adjust be­cause I'd just left high school and now I was work­ing with adults. I only knew how to sing. All the girls are so pretty. It was hard for me to build my con­fi­dence as a teenager. There were so many times where I would go to my par­ents and say, “I don't want to do this any­more”. Every­one took good care of me.

Are you all still friends?

These friends are im­por­tant be­cause they've known me for so long. They keep you grounded. This in­dus­try can eas­ily change some­one be­cause once you're on the wrong path, you will chase fame and money. They are so im­por­tant to me be­cause when I try to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion they'll al­ways pull me back.

Speak­ing of chas­ing fame and money, you came into the pub­lic eye be­fore so­cial me­dia. How have things changed now that so­cial me­dia are an in­flu­ence?

A lot has changed, both good and bad. The good side is ev­ery­thing is so easy now, like me con­nect­ing with peo­ple, es­pe­cially with my fans. The fans also get to know me more as an artist. The bad side for me is I think ev­ery­thing is too trans­par­ent. I like to con­nect with my fans, but I'm also a pretty pri­vate per­son, so some­times I feel, wow, this is pretty over­whelm­ing for me.

Is that why you went through an In­sta­gram cleanse?

Oh, I got hacked. The hacker got hold of my ac­count and started delet­ing all the peo­ple that I'm fol­low­ing and started up­load­ing their own pho­tos. I couldn't log in. Af­ter it was fixed a lot of pho­tos were deleted and I thought it felt pretty good, like a cleanse.

How do you plan what you share on so­cial me­dia now?

At this mo­ment, I want to be re­ally hon­est with my fans in terms of what I'm go­ing through. With so much so­cial me­dia it's very hard to see the real per­son. I've al­ways been hon­est with my fans and the peo­ple that I love. I just want to tell them: I'm not per­fect, I'm hu­man too and I go through bad things. I'm not al­ways nice. I try to be.

“With so much so­cial me­dia it’s very hard to see the real per­son. I’ve al­ways been hon­est with my fans and the peo­ple that I love. I just want to tell them: I’m not per­fect, I’m hu­man too and I go through bad things. I’m not al­ways nice. I try to be” KARY NG





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