Size: UK 16-18
Occupation: TV Producer / Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger at TheBuxomBabe.com
How would you describe your style?
My style is really a mixture. There’s nothing really specific. I just wear whatever my mood is telling me for the day… So one day I can be all skater girl, another day I can be super colourful, and other days I can be super casual, but still chic.
Where does your confidence come from?
My mom’s genes? LOL. I’m not sure. I guess I was raised to be confident and accepting of myself; to be sure at everything that I do. My mom is a big influence in my life. She’s my best friend. She’s also super honest, and tells me straight up when something looks good/ horrible on me! I also have great friends who are super supportive in everything that I do. I guess surrounding yourself with a great support system really helps build your confidence.
What makes you feel good about yourself?
Nothing beats a compliment from my dearest husband. Even while being pregnant, and with all the weight I put on, he still tells me how great I look on random days!
What are your key pieces when dressing up?
Oh my god! I must say the perfect shoes and earrings! I almost NEVER leave home without a good pair of earrings. I believe it gives you a little bit of that “pop” in your look no matter what you wear! Shoes on the other hand is a major key player in my look/style. For example, a pair of jeans with a white shirt and sneakers will be more of a sporty look, where as the same outfit with heels can be really chic!
How did your style evolve into what it is now?
You do not want to see how I looked like when I was in high school, I looked horrible! Hahaha! It all started when I moved to Kuala Lumpur from Kuching, Sarawak. In Kuching, clothing stores and brands at the time were really limited and most of the clothes I used to wear were just whatever that could fit. I was always interested with fashion, so I tried my best to style whatever I had at the time. When I moved to Kuala Lumpur, I was exposed to more clothing stores that cater to plus size women. So I had more choices to choose from, and had more freedom to style and experiment with what I think works, and doesn’t work with my body type. And then I went off to study in Melbourne; and that’s where I really found my own style. Clothing for plus size women there was so much easier, and I had so many choices to experiment, and really find my own personal style.
How does your style affect your mood?
On the contrary, I think my mood sort of affects my style! I wake up in the morning, I stand in front of my closet, and I think to myself, “what do I feel like today?” And that mood will affect what I will be wearing for the day.
What dictates the outfit you’ll be wearing for the day?
Usually it’s my shoes or the colour of lipstick I decide to wear for the day.
Who’s your style inspiration? Why?
I love looking at other plus size bloggers such as Tanesha Awasthi and Tess Holiday. They ooze confidence. They don’t just stick to one look, and their outfits are mostly simple yet stylish!
Have you ever had negative/annoying comments about how you look/dress? How did you deal?
Yeah, I do. Sometimes I get comments like, “It’s too tight! Your fats are all showing”, “This dress make your boobs look huge!”, “You should really hide your arms”. Whatever it is, I just don’t let it get to me. Sure I’ll have doubts and look at myself in the mirror again (it’s only natural right?), and see if it’s really that bad! But then, I always end up saying to myself; “Hey, I think I look good. What’s their problem?” I think, as long as YOU feel good about what you’re wearing, it doesn’t really matter what other people think. Once you ignore them, they realise they’re not getting to you, and eventually they’ll stop commenting, haha!
Favorite places to shop?
- Violetta by Mango
- random online/instagram stores
Tips on how to have a body positive attitude:
- Don’t pressure yourself to love every inch of your body. Everyone has something they don’t particularly love about themselves (even if they don’t necessarily show). It’s okay, be accepting!
- Choose to focus on your best feature or asset instead of your flaw. For example, if you’re loving your legs, then show them off!
- Surround yourself with positive vibes, and a positive squad that’ll make you stay positive even when you feel crappy about yourself.
Top 5 must-haves in your closet (that you will never give up):
- A good bra that fits perfectly, and has enough support to hold my boobies up!
- That ever-useful, multi-purpose, little black dress!
- A pair of black heels that can match almost anything.
- A comfy pair of jeggings.
Favorite lazy outfit:
A tee-dress, sneakers, and a pair of earrings.
Favorite head-turrner outfit:
My black dress with a high-slit, and a popping scarf.
Message to women of all shapes and sizes on how to embrace their body and their own sense of style:
Let’s be realistic ladies. Women come in all shapes and sizes! Everyone has their own assets and flaws, and it’s up to you to decide what you would want to do with them. The choice is yours! You are in control of how you feel and how you look. Surround yourself with positivity and great support, and you’ll find yourself feeling happier with yourself. Plus, don’t be afraid to try or experiment on different styles. When you see a top or an outfit that you like, don’t be negative, and think that you’ll never look good in something like that. Try it on! Give it a go! In Malaysia we say, “Belum cuba, belum tahu!” (If you don’t try, you’ll never know!)