Taiwan model once bullied for her height is now first Asian face of Maybelline

27 May 2016 / 5 months 3 days ago

Taiwanese model I-Hua Wu is the first Asian face to globally represent Maybelline’s brand of product, but she was not always popular.

According to The Coverage, she had an interview with NY Magazine where she revealed her past.

She grew up in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan and stood at 175cm tall.

People often bullied her for her unusual height.

She said: 

“I never thought about being a model. Since I was little, I was bullied because I was too tall, or different somehow — I’m not really sure. I didn’t have any friends and was ostracized.

“In junior high, I cried every single day. But in high school, my mom saw a company was holding on a modeling competition, sponsored by an agency.

"My mum signed me up. It wasn’t to become a model; It was to meet other tall people like me. We went to china to compete, and I came in second.”

She went to Taipei to further her modelling career, but didn't expect to get made fun of even more.

“Coming from Tainan to Taipei, some people from my agency made fun of me, saying my clothes were too dorky. People made fun of my height, and I felt inferior and even started hunching my shoulders to try and appear shorter.

"I wouldn’t wear anything with a heel, even if it was just with a quarter-inch of height.

"Once a makeup artist on a shoot said in front of me that I needed to learn how to wear clothes and change. I went home and cried.”

"My face is so familiar to me that it feels like nothing special.

"Even now, my boyfriend will say things to me like, ‘Do you know how pretty you are?’ I’m like, ‘You’re so weird. You see me all the time and you still think this?’ I really don’t understand.

"I know I’m not terrible-looking, but I don’t think I’m as great as everyone seems to say.”

“Well, it’s funny now — some of my old classmates who used to make fun of me say they were good friends of mine. But apart from this, it’s helped me to build up a lot of confidence.”

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