Chalyn – “Love yourself more than anyone else in the world”

Read Ararose model Chalyn’s thoughts on becoming unapologetically confident in your own skin. 
Age: 22
Nationality: Malaysian
Profession: Student
Ararose Dress Size: Small
What part of your body do you love the most?
My hands.
What aspects of your personality do you like most about you?
I am brutally honest and I am pretty funny!
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When you were growing up, do you remember becoming aware of what you looked like? Were you influenced by anything in particular?
Growing up I felt I was different to other girls. Most girls my age would look forward to wearing dresses, looking pretty, taking care of their skin and not wanting to go under the sun. I never thought about that and never cared for how I looked like at all, not even when people commented on how badly I dressed or looked. I think it was mostly because I grew up with two brothers and didn’t want to be different from them. But when I cared less, I was also the happiest. I only started to care about my image when I graduated High School and started working. A close friend of mine went shopping with me and that’s when I realise I’ve never actually bought proper clothes that fit me. I’d always worn my brother’s hand me downs and their oversized XL t shirts with sloppy beach pants. When my friend picked out a skinny jeans and an small sized t-shirt for me, she told me how much better I looked and I instantly felt more confident about trying out different fashion and smaller sized clothes.
One of my biggest influence and someone I looked up to was an artist from
Australia, she opened my eyes so much into the real world. I really loved her art and started reading her microblogs. Through her blogs I got a glimpse of her life and I was shocked by how she was able to balance her personal life with her artistic life. She was fashionable, ate healthily, has a healthy body size and is still able to draw such professional art. A lot of artists I know don’t care about their self image and health and are usually very sloppy (myself included!). She was also very supportive of the LGBT community and drew men in heels. It was an eye opener for me, it was weird for me at first but I slowly accepted it and just felt I should be more like her, be more open
 What advice would you give to your 12 year old self?
To be honest, I have no advice for my 12 year old self. I am pretty content with what I have done, my past self has made me who I am today and I like that.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love skateboarding and drawing!
What advice would you like to share with other women?
My only advice is to not be afraid of standing out and being different. I was asked by a boy sitting right beside me: “Why do you sneeze so softly? Just sneeze as comfortably as you want! Let people hear it!” He then proceeded to sneeze really loudly and attracted so many people’s attention. And then it just hit me that I can be more comfortable with myself and not care what others think about me. Love yourself more than anyone else in the world, and don’t care what others think about you.
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