Posts Tagged ‘fashion show’

Celebrate The Body

Celebrate Your Body - Wear Your Voice Magazine

Never in my life did I ever think I would see my picture next to Katy Perry’s on a website. This is a screencap of the Wear Your Voice Magazine that covered the Celebrate Your Body fashion show. This is my 2nd time doing this fashion show and I just wanted to share my thoughts on it. The first time I did it, the fashion show was described as “an alternative fashion + music show that pays homage to the creativity and plurality of the Bay Area.” I remember when I first invited people to come to the show, I described it as “an alternative fashion show” and it made me a bit uncomfortable. As I watched the models walk up and down the runway, I started thinking about how these people were not the alternative at all, they were the majority. My town vomits diversity and at this show, there were plenty of colors, different sizes, big and small personalities all coming together to put on a fashion/music show to an audience that was finally able to relate. So why do we have to be “alternative” when we were the majority?

This year, the show is described as “a one-of-a-kind, body-positive fashion show and expo.” It was definitely a step towards body positivity as all heights, weights, genders, and even physical disabilities were represented. It was such an inspirational show to be a part of and I wish this type of fashion show was more mainstream.

Sports Illustrated took a step forward today and put “plus size” models in their magazine. I’m really glad they started featuring these body positives images. For so many years, the fashion industry has been stuffing skinny bitches in our faces, making the young and impressionable girls feel like there is something wrong with their body if they don’t look a certain way. That type of media can result in body dysmorphic disorder, anorexia, bulimia, depression, self-hate, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, not to mention eating disorders, muscle loss, hair loss, tooth loss, heart failure, dehydration, the list goes on. How do I know this? I know this because I used to be bulimic and I wasn’t even aware of it. I told my mother what I was doing to lose weight and she thought it was a good idea because she didn’t know any better. Now we know better. It took me a long time to recover but I made it out.

I want to live in a world where advertisements & fashion designers want to mimic me rather than improve me. Not sure where designers got so lost along the way. Take a look at how beauty was perceived over the years. Look at the Renaissance era. Women were so voluptuous and curvy back then and that was considered sexy. I would have loved to have been celebrated for being soft and sexy. Today, I feel like advertisements turn towards body shaming and superficial judgement. If you’re fat, you’re lazy. If you’re skinny, you’re a bitch. It’s time we all just step back and take a moment to say to ourselves, “I am beautiful. I am strong. I am enough.”

That’s it. I am enough.

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2015 So Far

Happy new year, world! I know, a little late but hey, I normally celebrate Chinese New Year which hasn’t happened yet so there. Anyway, my year started off pretty terribly actually. I woke up one morning at 4 am and couldn’t go back to sleep without oversleeping for work so I decided to browse for flights to London. My friends and I are planning on visiting London, Paris and Prague in June. The prices had been hovering around $600 – $900 so I thought I would see if they went down as prices sometimes do on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Lo and behold, a $300 non-refundable flight to London! I couldn’t believe my luck. I bought a ticket for me and my friend so now, all I needed were tickets for the other countries. I went to work and when I checked my email, I had received my confirmation for the flight. However, it was then that I realized that the flight was actually going to London, Canada! Crap. All over my face. There’s a London in Canada?!! Oh my god… Thankfully, I was able to get them to cancel it but not before I was charged a $250 fee for canceling so ultimately, I’m out $250, which is a LOT of money for a not rich person like me. So now, I’ve decided to hand off flight searching to my friend in case of any further mishaps.

Anyway, I’m excited for next weekend as I will be walking the runway again for Kearny Street Workshop‘s “Celebrate Your Body” Fashion Show at SOMArts Center. I had my fitting yesterday with Natasha of Halmoni Vintage. She is such a wonderful person, so kind and beautiful inside and out. I’m very proud to model for her first runway show. Other designs will be from Patria Native Land, Madeira, Thuy Custom Clothier, and also Kini Zamora Clothing who was a finalist on Project Runway. Check out what Celebrate Your Body is all about. They will be honoring Thick Dumpling Skin at the show, which is a body positive website run by Lisa Lee and Lynn Chen.

Other things under way are our next Granny Cart Gangstas sketch comedy show in March! We had a meeting Friday night and compiled our content together. Here is a glimpse of the titles:

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Oh, did you catch that? Yes, it is true. I wrote a short sketch about Will Friedle. Couldn’t help it. I can’t wait to start rehearsing for it. I let one of my friends read an unfinished outline of it and she was already laughing less than half way down the page. It involves cake, a dog, and a ninja. My goal is that by the end of the show, everyone who came to the show is going to google Will Friedle when they get home. Sigh…it’s just wonderful when you can merge your artist life with your fan girl life.

Another show I’m working on is called “There’s The Moon And Then There’s You” written by Christina Ying. This is the first feature length play I’ve ever helped produce. I am in charge of the Indiegogo campaign for it. Pretty ironic since I don’t know the first thing about raising money, but there is a first time for everything. I did do one for myself for “Accident” but it’s different when you’re doing it for a project you didn’t write.

Anyway, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my lazy Sunday. Hope you do too!

Monthly Shenanigans

I know, it’s been awhile. So much has happened and I just had not found the time to post. I like to try to post updates to record my shenanigans but since it’s been so long, I guess I’ll have to do it by the month.

March
Started production for Saltwater

Had to turn an empty room…
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Into a hoarder’s house
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Went to Disney World for the very first time!!
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Began casting gigs
I have no photos for this, really. Buuuu….

May
Met Michael Cera
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My favorite band, Finish Ticket, agreed to do a song for my short film
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Went on NKOTB Cruise to Bahamas
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Modeled for fashion show
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June

Met Boy Meets World cast & Michael Jacobs
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Filmed last day of my first short film
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Finally saw Bizzy Bone perform
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Met BONE Thugs N Harmony
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July

Went to NKOTB’s The Package Tour shows and took an epic photo with Jordan Knight!
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Began Pinoy Midsummer:The Remount
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I will need to elaborate & update this blog later. Back to work!