“I like fashion and I like taking pictures of myself. Also, I feel like I’m actually quite pretty,” she adds with a laugh when asked why she decided to delve into modelling. Some may find this answer off-putting but we love the confidence! In a world where people's self-esteem can be shattered due to preconceived notions of how they're supposed to look, Khai's attitude about herself is refreshing. For so long, women have kept their heads down and played by the rules - and that goes double for curvy girls. They've been told to look thin, to feel flawed, and to remain unseen.
Yet just in her twenties, Khai has managed to do something so many women strive for years to achieve - she's silenced the external voices and has stopped dissecting her shortcomings. More importantly, she's not only learned to accept her body the way it is, she's celebrating it the way she likes (and making some side income along the way, to boot!).
How did she get here? "I went to boarding school when I was very young. I also travelled around the world with my school orchestra team. All these made it necessary for me to learn how to be independent and trust my own abilities. These experiences have given me the courage to try new things. If you don't try, you won't know."
Of course, independence doesn't mean that she's alone. Fortunately for her, Khai has a solid support system to help her should she ever falter. "I get a lot of compliments and support from my friends and family regarding my appearance. So that also boosted my conviction to show people that we are beautiful in our own ways and sizes. It's not just about displaying my looks and styles - it's about selling the confidence, too."