Hong Kong First Body Positivity talk at RTHK Radio 3

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I have written a post! So, I’d like to give you an update on what I have been doing in the past few months; apart from a well deserved holiday in Italy (<– check out my photos on Instagram!)

I have also done a couple of interviews on the media about Curvasian and also the Curves In Asia project, which you can see at the PRESS page on my blog.

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In August, I was invited to the 123 show with Noreen Mir at RTHK Radio 3 in Hong Kong, to talk about my own experience and how I came to being a voice for body positivity in Asia; I had a pleasant time chatting with her during the interview, which leads to a very exciting opportunity for me in this coming 2 months 🙂

I am happy to tell y’all that I have landed a radio show co-hosting with Noreen for a series of Body positivity talk!

There will be 6 episodes in this series, and on each one, Noreen and I will have a chat with a special guest about body images, girl power and how the guest life journey leads them to their own career choices. I will announce each guest’s name with a post in the beginning of the week so check this space!

I am also very happy to announce here, the first guest of this series is Michelle Elman,
the campaign founder of #scarrednotscared.
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I met Michelle on Instagram a year ago, and we have been trying to raise awareness for Asia in the body positive community . Among us, bullying exists in a different scale, sometimes even harsher than in the west due to the obscure standards in the Asian society.

Here is a little background about Michelle.

“Scarred Not Scared was born out of Michelle’s desire to start a conversation around surgery scars and the side effects operations can have on a person’s life. It was a personal mission for Michelle and she has undergone 15 surgeries herself. By the age of 20, she had had a brain tumour, a punctured intestine, an obstructed bowel, a cyst in her brain and a condition called Hydrocephalus. Since showing her scars in a bikini and sharing her story, she has been praised as a body confidence role model, having been chosen as one of the top body positive moments of 2015 by Cosmopolitan.”

The 1st episode will be on air at the following schedule, so stay tune to listen to us talking about body positivity, see you there <3.  

Date: 14th Oct, 2016

Time: 1pm – 3pm

On RTHK radio Three – The 123 show

On RTHK 3 website

On Radio (if you are in Hong Kong)

FM106.8, AM567 /AM1584 (HK South)/ FM107.8 (Tseung Kwan O, Tin Shui Wai)/FM97.9 (Happy Valley, Jardine’s lookout, Parkview corner)

Love,

Bertha

 

My Body Positive experience at Tedx Lingnan University – Bold

This year in March, one of the most amazing experiences in my life happened –  I did a TED Talk about body positivity. I have spread the message to a crowd of 200 people, it was terrifying but at the end all worth it.

All these years of being a body positive advocates, sharing the message, trying to be an example of what it means to live happily no matter what size you are, has lead me to this opportunity and I am forever grateful of it.

It was my first public speech and I was really nervous, so I have unconsciously shorten the speech from 15 mins to 9. Once the talk is over, the tremendous relief I had was unspeakable. When the crowd cheered and claps I felt like I have done the right thing and I couldn’t help but burst out in tears again.

Three months later, I watch it for the first time, I cringed and stop 3 minutes in. By just looking at my face, I remembered how I have prepared for my speech, rewrite and rewrite into the wee hours in the morning, to the last night before the big day, then practice nonstop for the next 12 hours on it. Tears keep coming down my cheek as I was practicing, I was so afraid that the quality of this piece is not good enough and I was worried sick, hence my puffy eyes in the video 🙂

The last moment before I got on stage, I told myself it’s too late to go back, the only thing I want to do right that moment is to convey my message, to tell young people to love themselves. I put on a brave face and tried to joke around a bit ( which failed) but here I am.

I cannot express how grateful I am today being able to participate at such an inspirational event, there were 14 speakers including myself. I took away something great from each of the speakers. Not only that their speech moves me, but hearing them speak about their own experience on trying to do what they love, is truly inspiring. We are all working hard trying to achieve something worth fighting for, it’s our hopes, dreams and our own belief, all trying to make the world a better place to live for mankind 🙂 All the speakers are truly inspiring, so I really recommend anyone to start going online and watch as many TED video as possible. You will gain new knowledge, be inspired and know that you are not alone fighting for a better future for our next generation.

Being bold is being somebody doing things that is outside of the box, to me, that’s doing things that is different and out of your comfort zone, I guess putting myself out there constantly to talk about body positivity, size acceptance and in general living in Hong Kong as a plus size woman earned me a spot, because not many are talking about it, and to raise awareness on the subject, to stop body shaming which is toxic and damaging to anyone, is what I will keep doing. Again I am really grateful for the opportunities the media has given to me.

Special thanks to all my fellow body positive warriors, without you girls, I couldn’t have done this (credits from clockwise)!

Singapore –  Aarti Olivia Dubey of Curves become her, curator of #effyourbeautystandard curator of Asia

Philippines – Danah and Anastazcia Gutierrez of Plump Magazine #Iamflawsome

England – Michele Elman of the #Scarrednotscared movement @Mindsetforlife

Singapore – Kaylene online and Priscilla Boh #Iam campaign

Last but not least, the woman who changed my life – Canada – Honorine of Honorcurves, the founder of #honormycurves movement, she was the first person to give me courage and change my perspective on self love. I love you girl!

SPECIAL Special thanks to Marc Lebane, producer of TEDxLingnanUniveristy, who taught me many things so I could complete my first TED talk, also for giving me the opportunity to have a TED talk.

Tariq Sh, whom helped me tremendously on editing of my speech and practice with me, you are awesome.

Beth Ditto Plus size Fashion Collection

Beth Ditto announced her first plus size fashion collection this month, being launched at her own website bethditto.com.

This time ’round we get to see some exciting fashion elements nicely done from the singer of Gossip Youth. Being a rocker herself, her collection is heavily infused with the rock ‘n roll elements, at the same time some elegant everyday essentials can also be seen.

The most talked about piece from her collection is the Oversize Tee she collaborated with Jean Paul Gautier  and it has his signature bustier in graphic on it.

Many plus size models and bloggers are showcasing their take on how to style it,

and it’s an amazing start for her collection!

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This Tee costs USD150.00 and generated great responses, as it’s something new we don’t get see everyday in the plus size fashion world.

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And I can see that plus size customers are increasing willing to spend a bit more money on the product when it comes to the right items.

So, please marketers, don’t say that we cannot afford anything nice being plus size, and start making nice things for us already! 🙂

Source: Beth Ditto

UK Brand Phase Eight in Hong Kong (size 6-16)

Curvy girls I have some good news for you!

English brand Phase Eight has opened 3 stores in Hong Kong by Rue Madame Fashion Group (actually since last year!) and they carry feminine and elegant pieces from UK size 6-16.

The selection in the store offers mostly work wear, shift dresses and some evening gowns, These are the things I see lack of in the marking in Hong Kong so they come in quite handy if we need to get some party wear etc.

Some of the styles are bigger than others and they can probably fit up to size UK20 (US16) so go try them out for the ultimate experience!

I was not aware at first about the sizes they have so I visited one to make sure. The friendly staff told me when new arrivals come in, every size would have size 16 available, which is very good and not discriminating, so kudos to Rue Madame!

 

                 


As I am writing this post, I feel really excited to confirm to you that there is another brands here carrying up to size 16 apart from MnS, I basically feel lucky you know?


Like Topshop, when they first arrived, 80% of the style have size 16 available, but as time goes by, less and less styles and only the conservative ones left; after 2 years, you can hardly find any size 16 there now.


So if any fashion buyers in HK happen to read this; I am confident to say that Phase Eight have done enough research and analyses before bringing in the size 14,16 here. Also, as you can see MnS has been around for over 2 decades selling size 6-24, there must be enough customers here that has the need. Therefore, it’s not that there is no market for plus size clothing in Hong Kong, It’s that you need to open the market here instead, like Phrase Eight!


In my opinion, the buyers should listen to what we want instead and do some research on their own instead of believing their sales reports, which doesn’t even include the size in there to have the data analysed, and then thinking that there is no such need!

Let’s have a moment appreciating this brand for breaking the tradition and allow us size 14, 16 to have more beautiful clothes to wear, and I hope in the future they will import some 18 and 20 too!

Phrase Eight Store locations in Hong Kong

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LG/F – 12, SOGO, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 39111660


Harbour City

Shop 2120B, Level 2, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tel: : 2155 1998

CityPlaza

Shop 280, 2/F, City Plaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Tel: 2234 9178

Tsim Sha Tsui K11 Mall – Dry-aged Beef Burgers and size 42 Shoes @ Oriental Traffic!

Hey girls, it’s the weekend! Many of us has been working hard all week and it’s time to relax and forget about work for a bit(if you are in the line of work when you get the weekends off)! 

Tonight, I went to an area in Hong Kong called Tsim Sha Tsui, to the opening of currently the best burger place – The Butchers club. Why? Because they are the only place where their patties are made with dry-aged beef (enough said). It is located at a shopping mall called K11; and since its their opening, they are serving free mini burgers and Peroni beer for a few hours to celebrate! 🙂

To top it up, one of the few good bands in Hong Kong, also a couple of guys I know personally, are playing a gig as well.

The band is called The Anello; Jeff on vocal and korg machine, Michal on trumpet and keyboard , together they play some very uplifting tunes, so it’s a pretty good partay if you ask me!

And while I was visiting the mall, to my surprise, I saw a new shop there offering shoes from size 34-42.

“Oriental Traffic” is a Japanese brand, first time I learned about them was from my visit to tokyo many years ago. But when they first opened in Hong Kong, they didn’t carry LL size for most styles.

Now that they are more established, there are many more style for us ladies with larger feet available. The friendly staff also told me that in the recent years, girls in Hong Kong seem to have grown their feet too XD, perhaps the reason why they have more styles for us!

I am super excited and got myself a pair of fluffy Oxford shoes in an instant. Check out this spot soon to see how I pair them with an outfit &lt;3

Here are some photos of the place, you might catch a glimpse of the shoes I mentioned 😉

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