Celebrate Your Body 2016

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Jose Lim

On March 5th, I participated as a model in the Celebrate Your Body 2016 fashion show at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, held by Kearny Street Workshop, and hosted by Virgie Tovar.

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Anth Bongco

I had the most fabulous time modeling designs for the lovely ladies of Fashion Penpals, who showcases wicked style at every shape, every size, every color, every gender, and every income. Check out these fun videos from Fashion Penpals from the show by clicking here and here!

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Nina Asay and Kat Eves of Fashion Penpals

Nina Asay and Kat Eves of Fashion Penpals

Photo by Anth Bongco

A Brief History of KSW and Celebrate Your Body
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Kearny Street Workshop is the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country. We have a wide variety of programs each year that cover different artistic disciplines. Celebrate Your Body began as KSW Runway, our yearly fashion show, but in 2013 we took the showcase into a new direction focusing on messages of body positivity and rejecting one-size-fits-all standards.

Photos by Leslie Rabine

Photo by Anth Bongco

The event itself was a fashion show, underground music showcase, and expo. There were musical acts, performers, and local vendors in the house that gave it a kind of street fair type vibe. It was really a fun night.

So, they asked the question, “How do you celebrate your body?”

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Kaleb Welch

Photo by Leslie Rabine

Photo by Kelly Strodl

I celebrate my body by practicing self-care. This means getting enough rest, nurturing my body, and most importantly, loving myself for who I am and what I look like. I also celebrate my body by decorating it with ink that mean something dear to me.

With the lovely Natasha Harden, Owner of Halmoni Vintage

So, now I ask, how do YOU celebrate your body?

Photo by Anth Bongco

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