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Melanie
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Esprit

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Nike

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Prada

Tell us something not many people know about you:
I used to be very reserved and quiet back in secondary school. I made a conscious effort to speak up and interact with others more because I realised it was an important life skill to have, but I still very much identify as an introvert and treasure having my own space.

What do you like to do to unwind and recharge?
I read, watch shows on Netflix, and make my own Youtube videos. I have an interest in film photography, but I realised that not many people know about it or are intimidated by the technical aspect of it, so I started making videos as a way to educate people and help them get started.

Are there any photographers or artists whose work has inspired you?

For film photography, @823 is one of the first Instagrammers I followed, and I also really admire @yeow8 who does street photography in Malaysia. Outside of film, I like the ethereal sense of @alicetea718‘s work. I wouldn’t say that I try to emulate them, but my photography style is definitely influenced by them.

What’s a series you’re currently watching?
Sex Education, which is fairly new. I like it touches on difficult topics that aren’t talked about, such as LGBTQ issues and teenage insecurities. Plus, it’s set in the United Kingdom so the premise and context is different from most shows, which is refreshing.

What’s a book you read recently that you’d recommend to others?
In The Skin Of A Jihadist by Anna Erelle—it’s about a journalist who posed as a young Muslim bride to speak to a high-ranking extremist in the Islamic State and to find out more about them. It gave me insight into how the Islamic State operated and the mind games and tactics they would use, which helped me understand why and how people became radicalised.

If you could change one thing about the world, big or small, what would it be, and why?
I’d want more people to care about climate change and live more consciously.

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