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MIA KANG ON POSITIVE BODY IMAGE

January 30, 2018
Mia Kang is a model, Muay Thai fighter and champions for body diversity. For 15 years, she suffered with every eating disorder imaginable… Then she discovered Muay Thai and it saved her life. We talk to her about body image, her recent TED Talk and what a week of training looks like for her.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF POSITIVE BODY IMAGE:
“In the media we have a representation for sample size and we have a representation for plus size which is amazing that it’s now become mainstream, thanks to pioneers like Ashley Graham. However, I don’t think there is enough representation for everything in the middle. I think that we need more role models out there that different types of females can relate to. Ashley Graham said growing up, she could only relate to Jennifer Lopez because that was the only remotely curvy person. There should be someone out there for every little girl to identify with.”

ON HOW SPORT CHANGED HER LIFE:
“I would definitely say sport SAVED my life. If I hadn’t found sport and physically gotten healthy and gotten a metabolism and learnt about nutrition… not only that, it’s just so good for my sanity, my peace of mind, my soul. I truly believe that it all happened at the right time for me because if I hadn’t found sport, I would’ve been lost in depression.”

ON HER RECENT TED TALK CALLED ‘COLOURING OUTSIDE THE LINES’:
“I want to encourage people to step outside the box and to colour outside the lines. Society will always have judgment, expectations and criticism and we shouldn’t let them stop us from exploring our creativity.”

“Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Life is about becoming who you want to be. A lot of people say life is about finding yourself, I don’t think so, life is about CREATING yourself. From when I was little, I wanted to be a strong, independent woman and so I became one. It’s that simple.”

ON HER WEEK OF TRAINING:
“I just came back from Thailand where I train 6 days a week, with Sunday off. You do two training sessions a day so it totals to be about 5-6 hours a day. It’s just repetition. It’s repetition to train your instincts and your reaction so you react faster. You do things over and over again so you’re at the point where someone kicks you and you’ll lean out of the way. When I’m working or travelling, it’s about two hours a day.”

THE WOMEN SHE LOOKS UP TO:
“One of my all time heroes is Oprah Winfrey, since I was little. But I look up to a lot of different types of women and I take certain characteristics from each one. For example, when I was little, everyone had their one favourite Spice Girl but I picked something about each of them that I liked and applied to myself. Why can’t you be all the Spice Girls? That’s my attitude. I love Oprah Winfrey to Angela Merkel to Ellen DeGeneres to Rihanna.”

Mia wears our new High Impact Sports Bra and new season Intimates.

Follow Mia:
@missmiakang

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