tulle rose shirt by Y/Project, faux fur coat by McQ, faux leather pants by 7 of all Mankind, patent derby by Acne Studios, photography by Jordan Ji
It’s been a year since my Valentines Day note on buying yourself a flower. While many circumstances in my life has changed, I’ve never been more committed to the notion of self-love. A big part of that is learning to respect your mind and body above distractions that neither contribute to your growth nor well-being. For me, that was forgoing the traditional notions of masculinity that was limiting how I expressed myself and moving past the ego trip I got from what others were saying about me. The former has been a constant evolution since I started this blog, while the latter is ironically derived from self-love.
I’ve somewhat mistaken loving yourself as building an ego that is capable of protecting and defeating judgment, when reality it only makes you weaker. In the digital age where comparing against others is too easy, I’ve learned that narcissism is not self-love and instead means you’re taking yourself too seriously. That was when I decided that this blog and the follower count is not me, but is instead a good representation of the work I produce. Starting the Behind-the-Scenes series on my Stories (every Wednesday), where I show funny bloopers of myself, has been a shift from being too serious to being more lighthearted and fun. In that sense, I feel that self-mockery is almost a good way of loving yourself if it means acknowledging your flaws and owning up to it. So on this occasion of love, whether you’re single or not, I hope you take some time love yourself, laugh at yourself and experience what it really feels like to embrace yourself.
special thanks to Adriana Stan of W Magazine for ideation and Jordan Ji for the photography.
I’m super excited to share with you the first ever 360° fashion editorial shoot (go ahead, click and scroll around). While fashion editorials are traditionally print spreads, I wanted to elevate the visual experience into something more immersive and interactive. Thanks to the newest technologies, I was able to produce this editorial panorama that showcases my outfit in various angles and poses, all shot in one-go. Look wise, I’m wearing a wool peacoat, sequined turtleneck and my favorite pair of slouch boots for a sleek, yet edgier look. Shooting this was quite a challenge (talk about the cold weather), but the results are breathtaking and I couldn’t be more excited to share and produce more experiences like this. Enjoy!
Pictured: Robert Graham Shirt, Chloé Cady track pants, MR x Net-a-Porter Gold Boots
It’s easy to become increasingly immune to hatred with every new act of terrorism (we were reminded of it again this Halloween). And while it is important to be careful and stay safe, it is also worthy to remind ourselves to embrace and love one another just a little more. Hate doesn’t usually come out of nowhere and many times it manifests too violently when people are repetitively faced with emotional estrangement- whether that be personal, political or economical (the list is inexhaustible). Rather than pointing fingers and excluding others, practicing inclusion on a daily basis can slowly mold our environments to be safer. Of course, this is easier said than done, but even small signs of gratitude, like saying “thank you” to the cleaning lady, can perpetuate this. So here’s a little rainbow for everyone reading this and may your day be just that much more colorful.