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5.31.2018

Kaguya Is Shaking Up Status Quo Beauty Standards

Meet Kaguya: artist, body positive activist, and admin of Eff Your Beauty Standards. As a model and New York City native, Kaguya continues to be an image representing curvy Asians, taking a stand against conventional beauty guidelines. And while social media can often be a black hole of comparison (in the same breath, Kaguya says that “…media can become draining or zombie-like because people are trying to be the same clone as the other person, but it can also be a powerful tool to show diversity in all aspects”), she clearly understands the delicate dichotomy that exists on every iPhone’s Instagram app.

Kaguya has a background in photography but is currently the person in front of the camera that the fashion industry has been in desperate need of. Her representation proves a promotion of self love, a celebration of the intersection of race and the body, and the universal truth that beauty isn’t defined by one image. Read on below for more of her thoughts on social media and celebrating yourself as an act of rebellion against the norm.

What is most important to you about your roll on social media platforms?

To show that there is more diversity. For me coming from a photography background and being raised as a Korean girl, it’s just about being able to use myself as a medium to express that the plus size industry is a little tainted. There needs to be all sorts of representation. If you say you are inclusive, why aren’t there any Asian models in your campaign. Why aren’t there any petite plus size models? Why is it that only straight size models that are able to have tattoos? Just for 100 percent Asian girls or Asian girls that are mixed, being raised in fat phobic culture can taint you. I’ve gone on 27 years thinking I wasn’t good enough just because of my physicality. I think social media has helped me mend my own spirits and my own idea of how I look, meanwhile helping other girls that are going through the same thing.

What do you hope for the future of media?

I hope that it would evolve more, I know it’s very trendy so people go through trend and trend. For me, and a whole lot of other people, believing in doing their craft without being approved for it. I think that’s what’s most important, to be an artist and to not abide what the industry holds as a standard but to constantly challenge that. To go against the grain, to try something new, try something refreshing, just to have fun. Ultimately, media can become draining or zombie-like because people are trying to be the same clone as the other person, but it can also be a powerful tool to show diversity in all aspects.

If you had one message for the people that follow you, what would that be?

Do what makes you happy and don’t care what others think. Be unapologetically you. At the end of the day you need to do something that will make you happy. A lot of girls ask me, “How do you do it, how do I get into modeling?” I didn’t think I would be doing it, I had extra time during Halloween and did self portraits of myself and that’s how this all started. I was like, “Bitch you haven’t taken a picture of yourself in years and you were told that you were never good enough, and you were slut shamed and fat shamed. It’s time for you to live.” That’s basically why I did it. Why do I have to feel like I have to hide myself when I can be out in the world doing myself anyways. You only have one life, be happy with the skin that you have.

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