Cindy Wang says she was “weird and not really pretty” in high school because she didn’t fit into Western beauty ideals. Now, the second generation Chinese-Australian star is quickly making a name for herself and feeling more empowered than ever.
The process of learning to love herself has been gradual, but Cindy has learnt to embrace her ‘imperfections’ (like the freckles and moles on her face, which family members constantly encouraged her to get removed) and they have become a signature part of her beauty.
Passionate about the power of education, Cindy is currently studying law and criminology at university. Growing up, Cindy watched on as her mother, a first generation immigrant, suffers from autoimmune disease lupus. “She always struggled immensely, and I believed I should pursue my life with ‘knowledge is power’,” she says.
“I feel like law is a good way for me to gain back power for me, my mum, and others.”
QUESTIONS WITH CINDY
If you could talk to your teenage self, what would you tell her?
In order to have your best life you’re just going to have to be weird! It is really intimating but it’s really worthwhile. Make more friends and don’t be afraid to get out of your shell.
How do you think you fit in now vs when you were younger?
I struggled fitting in… in school all the kids had boyfriends and I never had one because I was the “good little Asian girl” who shouldn’t talk to boys and no one liked me because I was weird and didn’t fit into the western standards of beauty.
What have you learned to embrace about yourself now?
I have accepted the fact that I don’t have facial features that other girls do. I wouldn’t deem myself as gorgeous or beautiful necessarily, but I love myself for who I am and I have accepted that these are my features and I am going to own up to them as they are unique in their own way. It took me a while to get there, but I am still growing.