Rini | Female, Chinese, She/Her

What does “body positivity” mean to you? How has your body image changed over time? How does your body image play a role in your identity or even in your daily life?

An appreciation and acceptance of one’s physical appearance regardless of what society says. As I got older, I came to accept and appreciate my body a lot more. Not only for how it looks but what it can do. As a female in a male-dominated industry, my body is a reminder of the strength and potential I have.

How has body image affected your mental and emotional health? What’s something that helps you feel comfortable in your own skin?

Growing up in an all-girls school for 10 years, we were in an environment that was constantly critical of our weight and looks. I’ve been dancing ballet since 3 and found that dancing has helped appreciate my body for its physical strength and mental endurance.

How can we talk about our body image with our loved ones in a way that is supportive and helpful? How has the media influenced your body image?

We can explore more into the notion of a body image. What it really is and where it comes from. It would also be helpful to understand how contents of social media are created and how they can be misleading most times.

Is there a specific message that you’d like to convey by participating in this project?

The physical body provides each with their own unique experiences of the world. The most beautiful thing we can do for each other is to share those experiences.