We know that representation matters, and there is so little representation for plus size Asian women who are jet-setters and style stars. Isabelle Yong happens to be both, so we asked her a few questions to learn how she stays so fly and her essential travel tips.
Fat Girls Guide: Asia is known for not being very open-minded when it comes to bigger bodies/ fat people. How do you deal with that stigma?
Isabelle Yong: It took me a long time to block out the disdain comments with condescending tones about my appearance. I realized as long as I am comfortable with myself on this journey of self-love, all that matters is my opinion, not others.
FGG: What do you consider a “Fat friendly” country?
IY: Well this is tricky but I have to say Phuket, Thailand has to be the only country I’ve been to where I completely feel comfortable dressing the way I do without a second thought to my surroundings.
FGG: Favorite food destination?
IY: I’m biased to my home country, so it has to be Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But Italy, Spain & France is on my bucket list to eat from.
FGG: What are some of your must-shop plus size fashion brands?
FGG: Favorite place for plus size swimwear?
IY: It varies depending on the collection they’re having H&M, Forever 21 & occasionally Asos.
FGG: Plus Size Influencers every Fat girl should know?
FGG: Secret packing tip?
IY: Try out all the outfits and see how you can mix and match your clothing you’ll never overpack. Plus always have a baggage scale on hand.
FGG: What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to try while traveling but haven’t yet?
IY: Swimming with dolphins has to be at the top of the list.
FGG: Top five favorite countries and why?
IY: Israel, for its unique sense of Biblical & Historical sights.Alaska, the glaciers and waking up to the sea otters holding hands.Japan, the loving nature of people and culture not to mention their food. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I’m biased. Florida, well Disneyland obviously.
FGG: Window or Aisle?
FGG: Something you never leave home without?
IY: My Phone & a Lip Gloss