Singapore Crowns Its Next Miss Top of the World Plus Size

Last Tuesday saw the crowning of the next Miss Top of the World Plus Size Singapore, held at Spagtacular in Clarke Quay. The new Miss Top of the World Plus Size Singapore is Miss Dashnalatha, a full-time Financial Consultant, who was crowned on the night by Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2018. The
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Mary Victor

Spreading Body Positivity Through Photography

Meet Mary Victor, a makeup and recording artist as well as a freelance plus-sized model who graduated with a diploma in Makeup Artistry at the young age of 16! While working for MediaCorp as a hair and makeup stylist, she was also studying music on the side and singing at bars and competitions. In fact,
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Get Your Free Building Body Confidence Book

We are proud to say that our book Building Body Confidence is finally published! Notable interviews are with local celebrity Eunice Olsen; Fiona Tan, Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016; Cheryl Tay, Founder of Rock the Naked Truth, and Dr Martha Tara Lee, Singapore’s first clinical sexologist. With Singapore’s National Day celebrations, we’re
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7 Ways to Be Happier Despite Chronic Illness

Since many people living with chronic illness have to deal with multiple diagnoses and bare various painful and unpleasant symptoms, it’s very easy to cross to the dark side and develop a negative life view. However, despite your chronic disease, you can still lead a happy and exciting life if you just know which harmful
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Seeing the Liht with Founder Nerissa Low

Financial planner by day and beauty entrepreneur by night, Nerissa Low started Reflections Organics in 2016, which currently stocks over 100 products with multiple bestsellers. As the brand evolved, so did she, as she started to develop a keen interest in a more holistic way of life that advocates environmetnal and social well-being. And so,
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The Issue with Nike’s Plus Size Mannequins and Fatphobia

In their flagship store in London, Nike has introduced plus size as well as para-sport mannequins and while some are celebrating Nike’s representation of various body sizes and inclusivity, there are those who hone in on the plus size mannequins and have slammed Nike for “normalising obesity” and “selling women a dangerous lie”. First came the
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Love & Light Festival Returns For a Second Year

After it’s inaugural run last year, the Love & Light Festival is back at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention. Organised by Laughing Soul, the festival is set to bring an even more comprehensive line-up of “lightworkers”, exhibitors and retailers to provide guidance and support for festival goers on a journey of self-discovery of
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Awaken to Tantra Weekend

This weekend is an embodied introduction to Tantra and the fascinating possibilities of sexual shamanism. We explore how to cultivate & circulate our life force energy, which includes our sexual energy and our potential for creative expression. The weekend is influenced by the teachings of the Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra, a 1200-year-old manual of Tantrik Yoga, specialising in
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Join Us at The Festival of Love!

Have you ever been frustrated in your personal relationship? Do you feel you just can’t understand your partner? Would you like to strengthen your relationship with yourself or with your partner? Perhaps you would like to learn about how to accept and love yourself more? OR to gain new parenting techniques? Look no further! For
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Coming out Stronger – An Open Interview with Lishan

The Wellness Insider has talked extensively and openly about the topic of body image, covering issues of body shaming, emotional eating and eating disorders. So far we have given you facts and figures peppered with opinions and arguments. But how does it actually feel like living with some of these problems day-in, day-out? How does
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The Dangers of Skinny Shaming

Take a moment to consider these statements. “You’re going to finish that cheeseburger? Aren’t you on a diet?” “Go eat something and get some real curves, you bag of bones!” In essence, they both involve the act of body shaming, in which a person is humiliated with mocking or disparaging remarks about their body. But which
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Fitness with a Heart – An Interview with Lionel Choong

Many of us barely have time to include fitness into our hectic lives, let alone develop an entire social enterprise around it. Yet Lionel Choong has managed to achieve just that, and at a young age too. Founder of Innervate Fitness, this entrepreneur believes that fitness is for everyone, young and old. His gym focuses
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The “Perfect” Body in Different Eras

Our idea of the “perfect body” has evolved throughout the years. What our grandmothers thought was the perfect body is not the same as what our mothers thought was the perfect body. Over the years, it has evolved into various shapes and sizes, based on what is trending at that moment. The idea of a
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How to Create New Year Resolutions That You’ll stick to

New Year Resolutions are made every year, but do this resolution stick? It might be ambitious to have New Year Resolutions, but it is not impossible to keep them. Some resolutions last until the end of January while others last until a few months. There are many ways you can stick to a New Year
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The Fine Line Between Self-Care And Self-Sabotage

Growing up, we are taught how to care for others and not be selfish. While doing that, sometimes, we find ourselves in a miserable state and feel alone. It’s why it is important to remember to care for yourself before you are able to share your kindness and love with others. Be kind to yourself
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How Eating Disorders Can Swallow You Whole

The Wellness Insider has explored the issues of emotional eating, binge eating and body image intimately over the last few months. If you’ve been reading our articles, you might have noticed the term “eating disorder (ED)” used quite frequently. But what does it mean to have an eating disorder? How does it impact your life?
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People Who Broke Conventional Beauty Standards

Although there is the saying that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, there is still a convention of symmetrical faces, perfect skin, even skin tone and high cheekbones – all airbrushed to perfection before being published in magazines and on social media. However, thanks to some special women (and many others) the conventional
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Love and Light Festival – The Most Extravagant Wellness & Holistic Event of The Year

Searching for spiritual health, mental clarity and physical wellbeing? Or are you a holistic practitioner who wants to share your journey or services? Then Love and Light Festival is the wellness and holistic retreat festival that you’ve been looking for! Created for people of all ages and walks of life, this festival aims to guide
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Exercises that Promote Mindfulness

We may think that we are far from reaching mindfulness in a busy world where we are constantly engaged in household chores, work and planning for the weekend. Are you noticing how you’re feeling right now? Did you get enough rest this morning or were you able to focus your thoughts on the present moment?
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The Food Binge Battle

Following on from our articles on emotional eating and body acceptance and love, we explore the link between dieting and emotional eating a little more. We now know that emotional eating is eating to feed your emotional needs rather than your physical ones. But how does this emotional relationship with food start in the first
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Why a Book on Building Body Confidence?

We’ve mentioned previously that we’re in the midst of compiling body positive interviews with notable personalities as part of our second anniversary. However, besides celebrating ourselves and trying to promote body positivity, this book is also important for our targeted audience: teenagers young adults who are facing body image issues We want to instill confidence
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Body Love and Body Acceptance

It does not take a genius to realise that our culture is obsessed with achieving the proverbial “ideal body”. We are bombarded daily with images of skinny models with flawless skin and perfect pouts or fit, toned ladies sweating it at the gym and loads of #fitspo images on Instagram. As a result, body-shaming, the
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The Guilt Trip – Things women should stop feeling guilty about

Ever find yourself saying sorry when someone else steps on your feet? Or wanting to apologise for everything that goes wrong, even your existence? Women are especially guilty of feeling guilty all the time. There is nothing wrong with guilt, but it starts becoming a problem when it’s excessive and inappropriate. Perhaps we cannot help
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10 Steps to Treat Yourself Better

The world is moving at such a fast pace these days that it’s hard to keep up. There seems to be no time for things that we regard as trivial, such as focusing on ourselves and our needs – in other words, self-improvement. We are too busy keeping up with everyone else, staying busy and
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How To Prevent Suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and with the recent news of celebrity suicides, it is important that we address this topic and learn how to read the signs of someone who is suicidal as well as how to respond. A person who is suicidal, might not ask for help before deciding to commit suicide. There
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Support Our Book On Building Body Confidence

We’re proud to say that The Wellness Insider is turning TWO this year and to commemorate this milestone, we are compiling body positive interviews with personalities such as Fiona Tan, Miss Top of the World (Plus Size) 2016; Cheryl Tay, founder of Rock the Naked Truth; and Dr Martha Lee, Singapore’s first clinical Sexologist. This
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Transform Yourself With Innerdance

Innerdance is a self enquiry and healing process towards authentic self and meaningful existence. Following this session you’ll know how to flow through your days without stress, and you’ll have a much greater understanding of your body! Innerdance is also grounded in the science of vibration, senses, sound, and frequency, as it creates shifts through
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5 Ways To Practise Gratitude and Why It’s Important

As human beings, we live in a busy world where there is not enough time to stop and be grateful for what life has given us. It has been scientifically proven that showing gratitude has the ability to make one’s life better professionally and personally but we don’t do it often enough as we are
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Dishing the Dirt on Fad Diets Part 1 – Why Do They Never Work?

Fad diets. We have heard of them, in large part due to their proliferation in the media and also from our previous post about how some of these diets may affect your skin. From Beyoncé advocating the benefits of turning vegan to Kim Kardashian tweeting how the “flu diet” helped her lose weight, we are
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Melissa Chow

Incorporating Body Positivity into Fashion with Melissa Chow

When we first got to know of Melissa Chow, we were really impressed with her story of overcoming her self-consciousness as a result of her medical condition. She suffers from severe palmer hyperhidrosis (a medical condition characterised by excessive sweating on the palms) and needless to say, it has impacted her life. Nonetheless, Melissa pushed through and
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Transform Yourself With Innerdance

Innerdance is a self enquiry and healing process towards authentic self and meaningful existence. Following this session you’ll know how to flow through your days without stress, and you’ll have a much greater understanding of your body! Innerdance is also grounded in the science of vibration, senses, sound, and frequency, as it creates shifts through
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Rising Above the Ashes and Transcending the Dark Night of the Soul

With recent celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, people are becoming more aware of severe depression and mental illnesses. Those who are currently struggling with mental illnesses or are suicidal can be described as going through a period of the “Dark Night of the Soul” (DNOTS) and we do feel strongly in addressing
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What’s Wrong With Wearing Leggings?

While it seems like leggings have become a gym and studio norm apparel, there is a woman who has made it her mission to change that – one pair of yoga leggings at a time. In a New York Times opinion article entitled “Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women”, Honor Jones spent the whole
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 30: Let the Music Heal Your Soul

How is it like to be a musician in Singapore? Especially one who isn’t nationally or internationally recognised? We speak to freelance musician Cliff Lee, aka Off the Cliff, to understand more about his choice of career, how his parents reacted to it as well as some practical tips he has for budding young musicians.
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Sundown with Love and Capeless Heroes

Sundown with Love is OSIM Sundown Marathon’s charity campaign and this year’s lead-up run was held on 31 March where 10 Ambassadors ran to raise funds for six beneficiaries for the first time in the Sundown community. These ambassadors also ran with representatives of their chosen charities in a 3km run, exemplifying how we can
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Hacks for Thinning Hair

If your hair is thinning, it could be due to a few reasons but while you’re seeking treatment for it, having bald spots or balding spots can be a rather embarrassing affair. Using some supplements for hair growth is the last resort for some people. Besides having a bad combover, here are some hacks to
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Why Prince Charming Must Die

Ladies, get rid of the prince and be your own hero! Every woman I know loves the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  How could we not? A modern Cinderella tale, Pretty Woman plays into every fantasy we have as women, yearning for a rich, handsome and dashing hero to save us
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5 Things to Do Before Your Teenager Goes to College

Sending your child off to university is a major transitional period for both your teenager and you as a parent. For most families, this is the first real separation that can cause parents to feel the empty nest syndrome. However, while this is a major change in your lives, it’s also an opportunity for both
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Interview with 5 Plus Sized and Fabulous Women

We caught up with five fabulous women who are plus sized but do not let it define their confidence. Instead, they are proponents of body confidence and are working towards empowering fellow women in their own ways. Fiona Tan (FT) made Singapore proud when she was crowned Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016 and
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Singapore to Host Miss Top of the World Plus Size International 2017

For the first time ever, international plus size pageant Miss Top of the World Plus Size (TOTW PS) will be held in Singapore, marking the launch of the republic’s first plus size beauty pageant. Helming the pageant is Singapore’s first plus size beauty queen Fiona Tan, who was crowned both Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016 and Miss
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Comedian Shows the Ridiculousness of the Thigh Gap Phenomenon

Sometimes the best method to show people how ridiculous some things can be is through comedy, and that’s just what Luisa Omelian aims to do when she talks about a familiar topic, thigh gaps.

Fashion of Plumping Up a Plus Sized Model?

The things the fashion industry makes its models go through have become pretty common news nowadays, but it’s sitll surprising to see how far they can go. Learn about the experiences this model had and the tricks implemented to get her to “look good”

Innately Feminine – Full Day Practice for Ladies

This is not a drop-in class. Please make sure you have attended a two-hour Art of Feminine Presence preview prior to signing up for this. Please check all available dates here. Are you ready? This is not your average one day workshop! Get ready for major results! You will experience practices that instantly shift you into
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The Art of Femininity and Being a Strong Woman

Femininity. I bet that when you read that word, you had some stereotypes running through your head – burning bras, opinionated women being loud and in-your-face about it or a helpless damsel-in-distress girl who is dressed in frills. Notice something? Why does femininity (and feminism, which tends to be lumped into it) have a slightly
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No New Year Resolutions…Instead, Gratitude

Instead of writing New Year Resolutions, we here at The Wellness Insider have decided to write a gratitude journal instead. Why? Because life shouldn’t have just a single designated day where you make huge decisions or attempt to change. It is about thousands of small changes that you make each day. It is about any
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