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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Beauty Hacks that Will Make You Feel Better Instantly

With our busy lifestyles, it is hard to look good 24/7 but no worries, we’ve got some great hacks that can help you feel less glum and more glam! Bye bye greasy hair   Johnson’s Baby Classic Powder 100g S$1.45 Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk US$10 Toni & Guy Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo 250ml
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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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From Injuries to Dragon Boat Captain

Kenneth Lee is an Assistant Vice President in the DBS Corporate Development and Ecosystems team, where he looks after the bank’s Mergers & Acquisitions as well as Ecosystems partnerships. He joined DBS 7 years ago as a Graduate Associate and it was through a friend’s recommendation that he joined the bank’s corporate dragon boat team,
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Gaining Body Confidence Through Dragon Boating

Meet Lim Xiaowei, a Relationship Manager for the SME Banking in DBS, and she loves outdoor activities. The 30-year-old started dragon boating back in her polytechnic days where her friend pulled her in to join, starting her journey with dragon boat racing and she is now the coach of DBS Asia Dragons ladies team as well
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Ways to Improve Your Appearance Without Plastic Surgery

In the age of Kardashian contouring, butt implants and lip fillers, it’s common for us to feel pressured to look good all the time with the aid of these permanent procedures. Read this article before you take drastic measures in means of plastic surgery and try these needle-free methods to improve your looks! Whiten your
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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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What Is The 5AM Club?

Ever heard about the 5 AM Club? It is a concept popularised by Robin Sharma where you get up at 5 am in the morning to complete a set of 20/20/20s – 20 minutes of intense exercise, 20 minutes to reflect on your goals and 20 minutes learning a new skill. The rationale for the early
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Comfy, Fashionable and Sensible Travel Attire

The travel bug will be hitting us soon and whoever said that travel clothes are simply boring T-shirt and shorts or jeans? You don’t want to finally arrive at your destination looking like you just rolled out of bed, though. There are fashionable travel clothes that will not only help you look stylish but are
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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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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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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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Incorporating Patone’s 2019 Colour of the Year

Drumroll, please…Pantone Color of the year is Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546) and we love it! It’s bright, cheerful and those who love pinks or reds will also love this unique shade that is in between. Those who shun pastels will also love this pop of colour! Living Coral PANTONE although it may seem pinker in nature, Pantone
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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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Christmas Day Outfit Ideas

Christmas is next week and you’ve got “nothing” to wear to those parties? Don’t worry…we’ve got some suggestions below that will ensure that you look classy and perfectly Christmassy too! Velvet tops Stylish Velvet Crop Top in Maroon Women’s PUMA Velvet Long Sleeve Crop Top – Cordovan Velvet will immediately make your outfit seem more
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Let’s Hear It For the Women (Athletes That is)

Every year, Singapore hosts its fair share of marathons, from fun-themed runs such as the Hello Kitty Run to those who for good cause such as The Singapore Cancer Society Relay. The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM), one of the biggest, wound the up the year with their two-day event on 8th and 9th December
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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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Innovative, Stylish and Convenient Diabetes Care Products

While healthcare has been improving in leaps and bounds, there have been innovations in fashion as well as technology to help those with diabetes in their everyday lives. We’ve highlighted some interesting ones that are definitely stylish and convenient! KYT Bags Keeping your diabetes equipment together can be a hassle especially when you are always
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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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Signs of Toxic Relationship

Romantic relationships are important but it’s equally important to analyse and know the difference between a healthy and toxic relationship. Many people tend to stay in toxic relationships regardless of the toll it may take on your emotions and well-being. When dating somebody, it’s essential to continue to evaluate the relationship regularly and make sure
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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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Top of the World Plus Size 2018

Grooming Plus Sized Beauties for Pageant and Confidence

Held at Cebu, Philippines, the crown of this year’s Ms & Mrs Top of the World Plus Size went to Ms Charlene P. Rosco, who represented South East Asia. Hailing from the Philippines, Ms Rosco currently lives and works in Singapore with her husband, which is where she met beauty queen Fiona Tan, who won
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Exercise & Mood

We usually find ourselves hitting the gym to shed off a few kilos or get ourselves healthier. But did you know that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health? Regular exercise directly affects the brain by increasing brain volumes in certain regions and fostering neural growth and connections.
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17 Facts About Body Image and Eating Disorders

There are many assumptions about body image as well as eating disorders, but what are facts and what are just stereotypes? Here are 17 facts about both that we hope will allow our readers to see that this is a pressing issue that has been continually growing, and hopefully, we are able to take some
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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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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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When Fashion Meets Formula 1

With a host of fabulous F1 parties and other fringe activities happening all over Singapore as we gear up for one of the nation’s most coveted events of the year. Dressing for two different occasions can be problematic especially when you will want to look stylish but comfortable for the day, and glam it up
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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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6 Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me.” Many of us have grown up being told to use this phrase to fend off insults but how far is it true? Bruises fade, broken bones can heal, but wounds left by words can remain with us because they stay in our
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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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How To Get Over a Bad Break Up (Especially If He Cheated On You!)

You walk in to find him in bed with his secretary. Your world is shattered, you’re devastated and you wonder how you can be so naïve as to think he would change after you found those Tinder notifications on his phone. The break up is inevitable. You are crushed under the waves of hurt. It
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Guides to Getting Out of Your Quarter-life Crisis

Call it quarter-life crisis or just being in a funk…we’ve all been there at some point in our lives. It is difficult to pull out of a slump at times and even if you have gotten out of it once, doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t’ hit you again. As such, we’ve compiled a list of
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Polished to Perfection (Basic Personal Make Up Class)

Learn how to perfect YOUR daily look with our Basic Personal Makeup Class! You will learn: safety & hygiene preparation of skin for makeup 3Cs – conceal, correct, contour different types of foundations for a flawless makeup makeup application and use of different types of makeup (eyebrow, eyes, blush, lip color) This workshop aims to
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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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4 Reasons Why You Should Walk More

We’ve all heard about the 10,000 steps a day thanks to wearable tech such as FitBit as well as knowledge that it is a suitable exercise for all regardless of age and size thanks to the fact that walking is low impact. Nonetheless, let us wax lyrical about walking and it’s health benefits! It helps
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The Art of Self-Defence – Intermediate Part 2 (with infographic)

Despite Singapore’s low crime rate, the rate of assault and aggressive situations have been increasing. Start learning how to be your own personal bodyguard 24/7 in this series of basic stances by our expert Zackiee Ng. Previously on: The Art of Self-Defence – The Basics Part 1 The Basics Part 2 The Basics Part 3
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The Art of Self-Defence – Intermediate Part 1 (with infographic)

We’ve covered the basics of self-defence and while you practise those, it is important to learn how to use them in various situations while also learning how to counter-attack in order to create an opportunity for you to escape. Do scroll down to look through the basic steps before moving on. Tip: when faced with
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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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The Art of Self-Defence – The Basics Part 8 (with infographic)

Despite Singapore’s low crime rate, the rate of assault and aggressive situations have been increasing. Start learning how to be your own personal bodyguard 24/7 in this series of basic stances by our expert Zackiee Ng. Previously on: The Art of Self-Defence – The Basics Part 1 The Basics Part 2 The Basics Part 3
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The Art of Self-Defence – The Basics Part 7 (with infographic)

Despite Singapore’s low crime rate, the rate of assault and aggressive situations have been increasing. Start learning how to be your own personal bodyguard 24/7 in this series of basic stances by our expert Zackiee Ng. Previously on: The Art of Self-Defence – The Basics Part 1 The Basics Part 2 The Basics Part 3
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The Beauty of Tahitian Dance with Heiata Lee

Heiata Lee is a native Tahitian who was trained and certified at the Conservatoire Artistique de la Polynésie Française (Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia) in the art of ‘Ori Tahiti. That said, she was trained in ‘Ori Tahiti since she was a child and brought her passion for the dance to Singapore when she came in
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