Mei's Story

Hello! I'm Mei, aged 35 and from sunny Singapore!

 

"#youbeyou is such a great message as it reminds you to appreciate and just be yourself. As humans we're constantly measuring ourselves against someone else, trying to live up to another's expectations. Why do we do that to ourselves? I think the world would be a better place if we all discovered parts of ourselves to embrace and love, and instead of competing, be supportive of one another. We're all special and unique, and we should be unafraid to show-off who we are."

 

UBU-Swimwear-youbeyou-campaign-Mei's-Story

Describe yourself in 3 sentences.
I'm an introverted extrovert.
I'm a dreamer. 
I can be bubbly and outgoing one day, and deeply introspective and moody the next 😅.

What does your perfect day look like?
Chilling at home, with a good book, coffee and music, or catching up with good friends over great coffee or cocktails. 

What is your clothing style? 

Comfortable, casual, with a hint of sass!

What does your choice of swimwear style say about you?
My current choice of swimwear, especially with bikinis, reflects my journey of growing into better body confidence. Less afraid to flaunt it!

How is your relationship with your body? 

Currently, most days it's good or neutral, sometimes it's bad, but it has taken a long journey to get here. It used to be mostly bad days where I was never able to look at myself without disgust and a hatred for how I was. I was too focused criticising how big I was and that made me undesirable, and dejected that diet programmes just didn't work. I questioned my commitment to these programmes and was convinced that it was because I was not doing enough, that I was not disciplined enough, and eventually when the numbers on the scale still didn't change, that I was not good enough. 

These days I don't even bother with the scale anymore as I've come to realise weight loss isn't a goal I wanted to chase. It wasn't realistic for me because to lose weight meant I had to cut out a lot of calories, which ended up giving me issues like gastric and fainting spells. I realised as I grew stronger through my chosen fitness programmes and began to build muscles, I was never going to be lighter BUT I was healthier, fitter and happier. I began to appreciate what my body could achieve and enjoy working out without the constant stress of trying to lose weight.  

Why is the #youbeyoucampaign important to you?

#youbeyou is such a great message as it reminds you to appreciate and just be yourself. As humans we're constantly measuring ourselves against someone else, trying to live up to another's expectations. Why do we do that to ourselves? I think the world would be a better place if we all discovered parts of ourselves to embrace and love, and instead of competing, be supportive of one another. We're all special and unique, and we should be unafraid to show-off who we are.

What is your favourite thing about your body?

That it is stronger than what I've given it credit for, that it is beautiful and lets me do so many amazing things. I'm thankful to be whole, healthy and alive.

Fun fact about you

I dream of starting my own small business one day, one that empowers women to embrace their inner beauty and be confident in their own skin. 

 

Mei is wearing the Hemera Reversible onepiece in Black/Red.

UBU Swimwear Reversible Red and Black Onepiece Swimsuit