I’m on the cover of Women’s Health Malaysia! I’ve been keeping this a secret from you :P This was shot a while back in the summer when I was doing my fitness tour with Zespri Kiwifruit in Asia and Australia. What do you think of the cover?
Really like my no-makeup look! No idea how to recreate though!
This is my first international cover ever and I am so so proud to be representing Asian women in media. So BIG thank you Women’s Health Malaysia for featuring me. I rarely ever talk about my ethnicity because it really doesn’t have anything to do with fitness – I see us all the same – but when it comes to magazine covers, I have to admit, the diversity is NOT THERE. And it’s disappointing.
In the US, go into any grocery store and stare at the magazine stand. You will see that every cover model is either Caucasian or a Kardashian. Why don’t magazines celebrate people of color more? Because we aren’t doing anything? Nope. Because we look “foreign”? Maybe.
Seeing what a diverse melting pot the American population is, you can’t help but wonder why there isn’t a somewhat equal representation of that in the media. I just went on the US Census Bureau and looked up demographics in the United States for people of different ethnicities. Here’s the breakdown as of 2015:
- White alone: 61.6%
- Black or African American: 13.3%
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.2%
- Asian: 5.6%
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone: 0.2%
- Hispanic or Latino: 17.6%
(Total is 99.5%, leaving room for people who identify as 2 or more races.)
Correct me if i’m wrong but….I don’t see 40% of magazine covers showcasing people of different color. It’s so rare. The question is …why not? It’s not like the rest of the population isn’t gorgeous and isn’t achieving amazing things. I think the answer is that magazines are afraid of “turning off” their audience (and advertisers) because they don’t want people to think that this entire issue with the “exotic” model on the cover is all about Chinese food and travel or something. (Yea, I just said that.) But it’s true. No one says it, but honestly, we still think that way whether you like it or not. We are SO used to seeing white people on covers so when it’s someone else…we feel almost shocked by it. Me included!
I think the magazine industry needs to stop being afraid and start featuring people for the good that they do, not for the color of the skin that they think “sells better”. No matter what color you are, no matter what shape you are, or how much you weigh…you should have an equal opportunity to be recognized. This is a problem in entertainment and media that needs to change.
As I write this, I wonder how many blog readers will be upset by what I say. Some of you may be thinking “huh?” Good. Because there really is no reason to get offended.
But, in January 2016 when my HEALTH Magazine cover came out, and I wrote a newsletter exclaiming how happy I was to be repping Asian women in media, and you wouldn’t believe how many emails I got back saying that I offended them and that they were now unsubscribing from my newsletter and would stop doing my workout videos.
Til this day, I still cannot understand what the offense was. I said I was proud. And you’re offended. OKAY…
Anyway, something for you to think about. As we all grow up, it’s our generation who needs to make these changes happen. The power is in our hands.
So…let’s have some fun and do a BTS tour of my cover shoot, ya?
I literally had a full day photoshoot with Women’s Health after teaching the class above in MAJOR HUMIDITY and HEAT. I was sweating SO HARD. Sorry if I sweated on you during the meet & greet! >_<
It was so fun meeting my Malaysian POPsters for the very first time. Every person was so incredibly kind and I could tell y’all had been practicing POP Pilates! Y’all were BAWSES!
Here I am after my hair and makeup were done just a couple hours after the class. Cleaned up well huh?
I absolutely loved the whole editorial, beauty, and photo team for Women’s Health. Each person was so kind and talented!
Although I like the cover, I kind of wish they had chosen this black swimsuit one! I was REALLY FEELING IT in the one piece. And you can’t tell, but you see that wind-blowing action in my hair? Nope, there’s no “glam fan”. It’s a leaf blower. Literally. Hahaha!!
I only had a few days in Malaysia but I got to do some cool things like…
Go to the Batu Caves! Thanks to my friend and amazing musician Kurt Hugo Schneider for recommending this spot, and thanks to TLC travel host Jojo Struys for taking us around all day! There’s a temple tucked inside that crazy cave. And…best part…monkeys EVERYWHERE. They are smart too. They were trying to take my jacket. I also saw one drinking Coke. Oh boy…
Don’t the monkeys look like old Asian men? Hahaha. The locals were really curious why us Americans were so interested in seeing the monkeys. They were like, “Have you ever seen a dog before? It’s the same thing.” LOL.
The famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur! These giants looked daunting and spaceship like in real life. They are currently the tallest twin towers in the world!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Felt good to get that out.
Oh and if you’re in Malaysia, please grab a copy and send me some pics through Twitter or something! I have not seen the issue and am dying to know what it looks like inside!