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An inspiring read

No pictures today. I don’t think anyone wants to see me looking like a drowned chicken in a cape or whatever the phrase is. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the ‘I’m miserable and cold in the rain’ look is chic. Mind you, there are certain people (i.e. Miranda Kerr or Keira Knightley or Eva Green, who is stunning and gorgeous in the new Arthurian adaptation called Camelot –but I digress) who can probably work it and make it look hot, but I’m not one of them.

And no, I’m not really here to talk about how I looked un-chic in the rain this afternoon –it wasn’t actually raining that hard but I just neglected to take my umbrella out.

I was researching eating disorders for a story that I’m thinking of writing, most likely as a feature, and I came across a book review for Gok Wan’s autobiography, Through Thick and Thin (Ebury Press), and I thought, ‘Ooh, that might be interesting to reference or allude to or whatever’ coz celebrities are always welcome in the media and whatnot and it was published last year so it’s relatively timely and relevant.

Now, before I read the book, I didn’t really know who Gok Wan was. I’ve heard of his name and I thought he was a quirky fashion designer. Of course, now I know better. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he is a Chinese-British television presenter and stylist.

You’d expect his autobiography to be full of fashion, but it isn’t. He talks about his struggle with his self-esteem issues, which led to binge-eating, laxative consumption and anorexia, and his subsequent struggle to recover and regain control over his relationship with food. His narrative of the bullying that he experienced really resonated with me. His voice is poignant, and he is amazingly funny with his anecdotes about how he embellished his job interviews to get work at first and the tricks he employed when styling people from all walks of life. 

I highly recommend this book. It’s not a book about fashion, but I do think it is one about personal style, and if I’ve learned one thing, then it’s to have faith in your abilities and your personality, no matter how low you feel, because you have something to offer the world.  You just have to find out what it is.

Through Thick and Thin Cover