As somebody with an enormous viewers, you’re presumably underneath stress to persistently “look your finest.” How do you steadiness the expectations of trying a sure manner with being comfy in what you put on and the way you’re feeling?
Typically I catch myself evaluating myself to others, however then I take a step again and remind myself that being your self is the most effective factor. Whereas I do attempt to look my finest on TikTok, one of many issues I’ve realized to get comfy with is embracing my flaws.
I went by way of this actually bizarre section the place I’d be uncomfortable taking footage with followers after I didn’t have my make-up prepared and I’d later see these footage on-line. However then I noticed that I’m speculated to appear like that. That’s how I look and there’s nothing flawed with that. Take the filters away and I’m nonetheless completely satisfied being me.
You joined the U.S. Navy in 2015. Given what you’ve finished in your nation, it should be notably exhausting to see the latest rise in violence in opposition to AAPI individuals.
My time within the navy doesn’t have an effect on my view on what’s occurring within the nation inside the AAPI group. I believe what’s taking place [with anti-Asian-American violence] in our nation is horrible and there are flaws in every part. However I’ll inform you one factor: if I ever see somebody getting attacked, I’ll use every part I ever realized within the navy to dismantle them.
Are you able to describe your determination to affix the Navy?
I needed to be free. I needed to be unbiased. As bizarre because it sounds, the Navy allowed me to really feel that manner.
You lately spoke to British Vogue concerning the trauma that racism has had on you as an Asian particular person. How do you take care of your self and shield your psychological well being?
I speak to a therapist often. I extremely suggest it for everybody to guard their psychological wellness. It has finished issues for me that you would be able to’t put a price ticket on.
Within the weeks since that article appeared, do you’re feeling like there have been any optimistic developments for AAPI individuals?
I don’t know for those who noticed what happened in Baltimore recently, however that basically damage me to see. It was just a few days in the past and so we nonetheless have a protracted strategy to go. I’ve seen some unimaginable organizations resembling Gold House doing wonderful issues in the neighborhood. I hope to work along with organizations resembling these to push for optimistic developments for AAPI individuals.
What do you miss most concerning the Philippines?
The meals, the tradition, the individuals… every part.
Should you might inform your 16-year-old self one thing, what would you say?
There are such a lot of issues I’d wish to say. By no means quit, and even for those who’re feeling such as you wish to quit, I consider in you. Additionally, don’t neglect to brush your enamel, irrespective of how depressed you’re.
That is your first single, however you’re already clearly achieved. What are your ambitions as a musician?
I wish to make extra music. I wish to go on tour. And I can’t wait to return to the Philippines. Mahal na mahal ko ang Pilipinas. [I really love the Philippines].
“Build a Bitch” is out now.