Divine Asian Femininity

There are things that little asian girls come to learn that little asian boys never do.
Some of which I have only recently acquainted and some that I never will.
That their softness is weakness,
that when they choose to be loud they must not be in control,
that they’re replaceable, disposable, anonymous in a sea of faces that look like theirs,
that their body is another conquest of the western world, another war torn land, another export of trade and commerce.
I look at the face of my mother and see that little girl.
I look into her glassy eyes and see my reflection.
That little asian girl was my mother, my grandmother, my pau pau.
The more that I step into femininity, the more I’m exposed to the realities that asian women have accepted as truth.
I yearn to define femininity outside of the western gaze, seeking an alternate path to the expectations that I refuse to accept.

Too often our stories are written for us, expectations placed upon our demeanor and lifestyles
— but now we take control of the narrative.
I am not your butterfly, your lotus flower, your cherry blossom, your war wife, your lady boy.
I exist outside of western conventions, rooted in the divine power found within me.


“Divine Asian Femininity” manifested from the experience of exploring my feminine identity as an Asian person in a Western society.

While I recognize that I do not face the same issues that Asian women face, I found that presenting femininely has significantly shifted my lived experience. From microagressive comments to alarmingly close encounters of violence, each instance revealed the sobering reality that so many Asian women face. I realize that my experience is merely collateral damage, an unintended symptom of existing in proximity to feminine ideals within a racially patriarchal society.

Becoming frustrated with Western ideals projected upon my lifestyle, I began looking towards Eastern origins to understand my relationship to femininity.

Textile libraries and exhibition archives became my passport as I traveled the world through digitally-documented anthropology. From the significance of silver adornment throughout Southern China, to the draped Javanese sarongs of Indonesia — while researching each culture, a new sensibility of womanhood was unveiled. Inspired by these women and their effortless cultivation of femininity, I was able to re-contextualize my identity as I navigate this journey of gender expression.

Understanding the multi-faceted perspectives of women throughout Asia illustrated a concept that I had been seeking since the inception of this project — curating an ideal of femininity that exists outside of Western influence, one that is innate and rooted in heritage.

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Creative Direction: Randall Wong Gee @randallwgee @rwgstudio
Photography: Jin Young Lee @ojjulys
Talent: Jasmine Spuur @jasminespuur
Styling: Alicia Jian Liu @aliciajianliu
Makeup: Jonathan Logan @jonathanlogan_
Lighting: Billy Landers @billycolelanders
Floral Artist: Eileen Daniels @bloomingtoday
Chris Juan @makingimages
Colin Sakamoto @2sakamoto
Tom Raggio @rinnavanderpumprichards