Our new sequence In My Sneakers will inform the story of 1 spectacular lady and her successes, failures, life moments and outfits which have made a distinction alongside the way in which. 

Mia Kang’s biography reads like a fantastical movie script — she is a former teenage mannequin, winner of a Sports activities Illustrated competitors, professional Muay Thai boxer, ex-commodities dealer with a masters diploma in monetary legislation from UCL and a motivational speaker and advocate for physique positivity. She has now returned to modelling and is the face of Amazon’s lingerie line Iris & Lilly. She has worn many various hats all through the profession, and credit her wardrobe — from the skirt she wears to castings to her sports activities bra — as enjoying a job in her exceptional profession.

Mia Kang within the Iris and Lilly marketing campaign.

“I’ve a black skirt that I refuse to cease sporting or do away with as a result of I wore it to the castings of so many cool jobs I’ve gotten over time,” Kang says of the outfits which have punctuated her profession. “I’ve a whole lot of outfits that I hold that I’ll by no means put on once more, like the showering fits from my first Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit shoot, the costume I wore after I acquired to ring the bell and shut the NY Inventory Alternate and the costume from my first purple carpet.”

Working as a commodities dealer in a financial institution with just one different feminine working within the buying and selling home would possibly sound overwhelming, however Kang says male dominated environments by no means intimidated her. “I grew up with a powerful and profitable father and two wonderful brothers and I at all times thought I can do what they do and possibly do it higher,” she says. This surroundings did, nevertheless, require a sure uniform.

Mia Kang within the Iris and Lilly marketing campaign.

“I appreciated it as a result of it was one thing new for me,” Kang says of her banker garments. “I keep in mind going looking for company garments, and I appreciated waking up and having to be inventive inside the pointers. As a mannequin you usually must hold it easy and costume like a clean canvas. Pencil skirts and blouses had been my go tos. I additionally acquired out my late grandmas cardigans and wore them which I beloved.”

Muay Thai boxing now performs an vital function in Kang’s life, as she explains: “I attempted Muay Thai about 5 years in the past and as quickly as I put the gloves on I keep in mind pondering “that is cool!” — it was a particular persona match. I solely began taking it significantly about 2 years in the past although. I used to be in a low level in life, underneath a whole lot of stress from the style trade to drop extra pounds and get my measurements down. I went on trip to Thailand and ended up shifting right into a coaching camp for 9 months. I not solely watched my physique change, however it gave me the power to like these modifications. For the primary time in my life I used to be wholesome, sturdy and completely happy.”

This a part of her life additionally requires one other distinct uniform, which Kang now associates with power. “Every time I placed on my Muay Thai shorts I really feel indestructible, though I truly dislike shorts, by no means put on them and suppose they’re unflattering,” she says. “Once I placed on my sports activities bra I really feel like I am placing on a protect of armor. Like I stroll a bit bit taller with it on.”

It isn’t simply within the ring, nevertheless, that she makes use of garments to offer her that further combating confidence. “On a regular basis I put on a fantastic matching set of bra and lingerie,” she says of dressing to really feel empowered. “Not for anybody else, only for me. I get up within the morning and put them on and really feel stunning and I carry that feeling all through the day.”

Feminist slogan T-shirts could be disregarded as having little worth, however Kang believes that what we put on each day can unfold a strong message. “I’ve just a few shirts that I put on that give me an additional pep in my step,” says Kang. “Greater than appearing as a strolling billboard I feel its extra in regards to the feeling and confidence that garments offer you, and that carries ahead into on a regular basis life and rubs off on to different individuals.” 

Given this sequence known as In My Sneakers, it was solely becoming to finish our dialog by asking Kang what pair she would put on to beat the world and her alternative is actually becoming. “A pair of bitchin’ thigh excessive boots.”

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