Choo Sue Lynn – “The world isn’t as cruel as you think it is”

We interviewed Ararose model Choo Sue Lynn to share the stories behind the beautiful images you see online. Read how she overcame the pain her weight of being compared to her sister, and how she is now learning to become more confident in her own beauty.
Age: 23
Nationality: Malaysian
Profession: Fashion student
Ararose Dress Size: Medium
When you were growing up, can you remember becoming self conscious of your appearance? Were you influenced by anything in particular? 
Back when my grandmother was alive, she loved feeding me and I overate all the time. I knew I was overweight but I didn’t give it much thought until I my relatives began make comments and compare me to my sister. It made me really upset and uneasy with my weight, and I just felt I looked fat. I knew that I had to do something quick, and slimming down certainly wasn’t for the health reasons.

Processed with VSCO with kk1 presetMy sister and I grew up in a family where our mother and her sisters were very strong women. They were the ones who wore the trousers in the house – yet this was in disguise. While growing up, we didn’t really have a father figure to look up to so bit by bit my sister and I tended to stay away from most of the girlie stuff including not liking the colour pink or girlish clothes. I prefer listening to songs by Fall Out Boy, Linken Park, Kelly Clarkson rather than Taylor Swift – I used to think her message is lame, depending on boys and always wanting to fall in love with her romantic lovey-dovey songs. I am more mature now, I do listen to low-key Taylor Swift songs and think she is cool in a way. Haha I guess sometimes it’s the environment and it’s subjects that impacts and defines us.

 What insecurities have you overcome that held you back in the past? 

It’s hard to tell. I have these up and down moods where I can appear to be confident and comfortable with myself yet the next minute I am a mess! Worrying about my weight, body image, validation of others, and how good I am as a fashion designer.

Processed with VSCO with b1 presetWhat are your favourite aspects of your personality? 

Hmmm…Friends and sometimes people that I barely know tell me personal stuff and their problems. I could say that I am a good listener and that i don’t judge people based on right or wrong straight away. I believe there are two sides to every story.

Who do you look up to as a role model?

This sounds cliche but definitely my mom. There are somethings that I don’t completely agree with her but she has held everything together for so long and sacrificed so much for the family so that my sister and I could have a comfortable life. I am still amazed she hasn’t given after all these years but that is because she has her children to keep on going which is even more touching. If it wasn’t for her, i wouldn’t have even had the chance to study fashion.

What advice would you give to your 12 year old self?

The world isn’t as cruel as you think it is. Learn to accept kindness from others. There are good people out there who are willing to give love for free and lend a helping hand without wanting anything in return. but most importantly, to quote Nike – Just Do It!image-106Choo Sue Lynn wears Sarah T shirt, Lilian linen shirt, and Divine Feminine Tee: https://ararose.clothing

 

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