Have you ever read a book or listened to a speech and came away from it feeling it was so vacuous, you could sum it up in a line or two? Or, conversely, finished one with your notepad chockfull of hastily scribbled notes of talking points, because there were just so many takeaways? That’s Serena Adsit’s story for us.
Part 2 of our #Origins series that kicked off with Kelly Latimer, Serena’s tale is so unapologetically honest, and revealing in how her history and experiences carved out her story of undeniable internal strength.
The Origins series with WearOhWhere was meant to dive deep into our interviewees’ origins — their original birthplaces and cultures and how they influence their present-day selves despite being in Singapore and away from “home”.
When we approached Serena to be a part of this series, her story took a slightly different turn. Instead of focusing on the influence of her mixed parentage, she shared how her history as a model shaped her first views of what beauty was and “should be”, creating a toxic cycle where she silently imposed judgment and expectations on others’ bodies and on her own, in line with how much of the outside world similarly does to women’s (not just models’) bodies. We talked about how, in time, she chose to break her silence on her own flaws and “broke (the) spell of perfection”, and how that granted her relief and a profound sense of freedom.
Serena agreed to the interview, while requesting that we cover more ground beyond “what is beauty, success and happiness”… which forms, I guess, the cotton-candy, fluffier aspects of most interviews with successful entrepreneurs (Serena runs Mint Singapore, a commercial modelling agency that represents talents of all ages, shapes and sizes). We talked beauty and its impositions on society at large, and how her EveryBody movement seeks to change that.
Kind of felt like a throwback to our tough interview with BBC just last year, where we discussed whether beauty businesses were profiteering off people’s insecurities and creating too much pressure on women to look a certain way.
Beyond beauty, we talked about resilience, outgrowing friendships and finding magic in life. And played with Nephra, her gorgeous, affectionate, friendly feline.
No more spoilers. Read the full story here.