who is this girl

Lovely that you’ve stumbled upon my site. Big hearty welcomes all around!

So here I am. I’m currently doing a PhD, researching contemporary constructions around feminine bodily beauty with the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York, UK.

As an Asian girl who spent a lot of time living in an Asian country, I struggled for years with being bigger than the average girl here, fat-shamed and bullied almost constantly. I suffered an eating disorder as a teenager, have done the whole gambit of diets and over-exercising, and continue to still struggle with body image issues.

After working in the fashion industry for awhile, I started to really question what contributes to building our perceptions of beauty, and why we hold so steadfastly to them, in ways that are ultimately harmful and pretty darn miserable. I decided to return to academic research to look at this in a more formal way. Through my research, I hope to find ways of expanding these conversations and to offer greater space to individual (‘ordinary’) women to define what it means for them to be in the world. I could talk about my research for hours, but for now, here’s a potted summary.

I also started and run a beauty full mind, a website set up to create space for discussion around issues of beauty (not just physical beauty, but all the ways it manifest in our lives).

As a former journalist, I also continue to write professionally for both print magazines and websites. You can see more of what I do on my portfolio page.

Feel free to leave comments (I love comments!) or connect with me on social media. Click here for a little guide for how to comment on this blog, because the comment function seems to insist on playing hard to get. Also, another little random bit of coolness on this website, which also seems set on staying hidden.

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