While many women of color are successfully gaining representation in mainstream media, it’s still usually a specific type: skinny, long hair, and meek-longing, especially in the case of Asian women.
Imagine how that perpetuates stereotypes of Asian women and how damaging it can be to girls who don’t fit in that box.
Enter Kaguya, a body-positive artist and model working her magic on Instagram and YouTube; sharing her beautifully themed photos and videos, and even just little snapshots of what she’s up to on any given day.
She writes that she didn’t come into the body positive movement looking to be a heroine for others, and mostly started photographing herself as an exploration of her own emotions and insecurities.
Lucky for us the woman is a generous one, or else we wouldn’t have her little corner on Instagram where thousands of women write to her daily about how they found the motivation to explore aspects of themselves they thought they never could, and it was all because of Kaguya.
She says that now, with her new audience and different platforms, she is especially keen on representing bigger, curvier Asian girls; because let’s face it, mainstream media aren’t especially keen on bigger women, much less if they were people of color.
Kaguya is also a proud moderator over at @effyourbeautystandards, a page dedicated to showcasing beauty across all sexes, bodies, ethnicities, and regardless of disability. It’s also founded by another body positive role model; author, model, and momma Tess Holiday.
But ultimately, Kaguya shares that she has her bad days too, but what is important is how she keeps powering through.
“I can feel empowered while being vulnerable. I can feel sexy and low key feel not sexy enough. Without embracing my insecurities I wouldn’t have been able to come this far as to embracing myself in being who I am and what I am. I don’t always have my tummy flat and my ass be like a panda without consistent ass workouts. _ But ☝🏼This year I really fell in love with other women who go through the same things as me. Different bodies and different souls but somehow we’re a still playing the same melody. _ Love and thanks to all the women that have touched my heart in someway and all the girls who have crossed my path.” #R29Regram: @p.s.kaguya Photo: @lindsaywynn
“He immediately takes her home, convinced that she is a princess sent to Earth as a divine blessing from heaven.” @brianbrigantti @anoriginalbrigantti 📷❤️ . . . . . . #makeup#avantgarde#editorial#rose#princess#bodyacceptance#bopo#psfashion#fashion#loveyourself#beauty#bodyconfidence#bodypositive#bodypositivity#babygirl#asianmodel#asiangirl#curvy#thick#vsco#makeup#fullfigured#allbodiesaregoodbodies#boldncurvy#curves#plusisequal#pskaguya
How many fucks I give that my tummy not tight 💤 Be you, be the best version of you that you love and what you have in mind – not based on someone else’s expectations cause I rather be happy for the rest of my life in my skin than be worried of how I look all the time and waste this beautiful life just worrying. . . . . . . #life#photooftheday#brave#portrait#beauty#bodypositive#fullfigured#babydoll#angel#thick#asiangirl#model#plussize#curves#curvy#wavy#mood#plusisequal#inked#slay#princess#nofilter#love#followme#looks#youdoyou
I wish the love we could have had would never reflect the lifespan of a rose. They’re beautiful, yes, and smell sweet but covered in thorns then wilt in a few days. 🥀 But perhaps, like most things in life it’s better that it was short lived. The “love” that we could have had. That is… I no longer have to be disappointed and you will no longer be expected. I can always find a new rose. 🌹 @thinksink 📷
Kaguya, you are fabulous, gurl!