Why did you choose to name your blog Asian Barbie?
‘Asian Barbie’ was a derogatory nickname in high school that I’ve since reclaimed. I also have a hipster-level love of irony and satire; for as long as I can remember, I’ve been uncomfortable with my birth gender, but I love the high-femme aesthetic and present like such a girly girl. I’d like to think that if I were a doll, I’d be a symbol for staying true to both your style and personality, even if they seemingly contradict.
Where are you based?
Where are you from?
Pennsylvania // my mother’s womb
No … I mean, where are your parents from?
My parents are from New York. If you really mean “what kind of Asian are you”, I’m Chinese American. Also, please don’t ask people “where they’re from” to find out their ethnicity. It’s rude, uncomfortable, and annoying (seriously, please don’t ask me or any other person of color this question. We’re tired of hearing it).
How many dresses do you have?
Good question; upwards of 300? I don’t buy separates often, so it balances out (or so I like to tell myself).
Do you have a favorite dress?
I don’t, but I have a tendency to pick favorites to re-wear.
Do you ever wear pants?
Only when it’s cold outside (aka January here in Florida).
Is fashion blogging an expensive habit?
Not for me, but that’s because I take pictures of my actual outfits and shop at a lot of secondhand/thrift stores. My shopping addiction, on the other hand, would be a problem if not for careful budgeting.
Why do you always wear sunglasses in your photos?
It lowers the chance that I’ll have a great photo with a terrible facial expression! Also, it allows the viewer to focus more on the outfit.
What kind of camera and lens do you use?
The one that comes with my iPhone 7. I dream of DSLR, but being able to snap and go with my phone is too convenient!
How do you draw your cartoons?
On paper using a Sharpie (I switch between fine and thick depending on what I’m drawing). I take a photo of my drawing with my phone and edit/color it with Snapseed, PicMonkey, and Gimp.
Who takes your pictures?
I use a tripod — it’s much more convenient, and I don’t feel nearly as awkward posing in front of someone. 😉