My work with cooking and food hopefully inspires others to rebuild their relationship with food. After I won the cooking competition I became determined to use my win and influence to let the public know you can learn to feed yourself and others in a more fun, educational, healthy and delicious way, by practicing making things yourself and developing creativity through the art of making food.
"We discussed the subject of “Nature vs Nurture”: in this case, both sisters had very similar upbringings, which brought up the question of why both sisters were polar opposites with levels of body confidence. Kiki feels that there was a chemical imbalance, which made her sister more sensitive to negative comments made to her, and susceptible to depression and eating disorders."
My mother was big on cosmetic surgery and has had her nose and eyes done. As a teenager she would encourage me to not be afraid of "going under the knife" and wanted me to have more of a European nose so I would look "prettier". I flatly refused and told her that I was happy with how I looked and would never have any cosmetic surgery unless the Doctors deemed it necessary as a result of an accident or for health purposes.
We want everything fast and easy and cheap, including sensuality and sexuality. We became out of touch with what things "feel" like and now focus on what things "look" like. We won’t be able to change this, it has to come from us the consumers and you have to be conscious about who you follow on social media.
We have elevated being healthy to the level of a personality trait that we admire. We have far too much to say about how other people’s bodies should look, and then we excuse it by saying “but it’s important to be healthy.” We use the concept of health to justify being horribly rude and mean to others. We look down on those who are not thin. We even made a TV show, The Biggest Loser, about it. I hate that show. Shaming people for being heavy is just horrible.
My parents were pretty intense about how I was meant to look. My mum is really skinny and always has been, and since puberty, there was a lot of pressure and comments about my appearance. I’ve never really been skinny. I don’t think my parents realised what it meant to me, but it was hard. I judge other people reflexively as a result and then have to pull back - like, so what? Who cares if that’s five extra kilos? Who cares if that’s a different body shape? Especially for women. Phew.
"Years ago I began struggling with binge eating disorder, an inner demon of mine that still rears its ugly head sometimes. Food always made me feel better, ever since I was a kid, so when I underwent some major life changes in my early 20s, that was what I turned to. I would often find myself locked up in seclusion, eating all alone because I didn’t want anyone to see the massive amounts of calories that I was ingesting. When I get nervous, food is still something that I turn to, and I still often get nervous about going out to eat with friends."
"I know that my body type isn't what my husband has historically been attracted to...that he was ultimately attracted to me for who I am as a person and not for my body. This is truly what so many women claim to want from a mate, yet I find myself so deflated whenever he makes a comment that brings the fact that he doesn't find me beautiful to the forefront. I know he doesn't think I'm ugly....not even unattractive. But the fact that he names other women as beautiful and has never referred to me that way hurts."
"I suffered from anorexia. My best friend and I suffer a lot with eating issues. I have learnt I cannot restrict anything or I stop eating. I cannot place restrictions on my diet. I just have to eat healthy and in moderation, though I could live off tomatoes and cucumbers. So my eating habits tend to be on the healthy soup and salad type."
"I’ve been teased for a whole host of things, which – until I was in my late 20’s – made me a very self-conscious person. For example, being teased for my height and thin frame made me uncomfortable and I refused to wear clothing that exposed my arms and legs. I was also teased for having full lips, so I shied away from wearing lipstick in order to downplay my lips."
"I work in costumes so I understand how much the people you see on television don’t have perfect bodies. I have seen a lot of people (famous & not famous) without clothes on and we all have our stuff. I also understand that every piece of clothing you see in film or TV has been altered to fit that person perfectly."