Kavita Daswani

Kavita Daswani

Kavita Daswani was born and brought up in Hong Kong and was the fashion editor of the South China Morning Post before relocating to Los Angeles. She continues to contribute features to the publication, and also writes for the Los Angeles Times, The Real Deal, Prestige, Hashtag Legend and Crave magazines. She has also published eight novels.

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‘Rich mom’ Instagram influencer Chriselle Lim pivots from fashion to education with Bumo Brain – and online classes are not cheap

Instagram and TikTok fashion influencer Chriselle Lim, a self-professed ‘rich mom’, started online education site Bumo Brain with friend Joan Nguyen for young children anywhere in the world – but it’s not cheap.

26 May 2020 - 6:56PM

Instagram and TikTok fashion influencer Chriselle Lim, a self-professed ‘rich mom’, started online education site Bumo Brain with friend Joan Nguyen for young children anywhere in the world – but it’s not cheap.

‘Rich mom’ Instagram influencer Chriselle Lim pivots from fashion to education with Bumo Brain – and online classes are not cheap
From YouTube to Las Vegas: Canada-born, Singapore-raised magician Shin Lim on getting his start, a China education, and hitting the big time

Chinese Canadian Shin Lim learned his tricks on YouTube, won America’s Got Talent in 2018, earned a coveted residency at a Las Vegas hotel and, if it wasn’t for the coronavirus, would be on tour around the United States this year.

3 May 2020 - 6:20PM

Chinese Canadian Shin Lim learned his tricks on YouTube, won America’s Got Talent in 2018, earned a coveted residency at a Las Vegas hotel and, if it wasn’t for the coronavirus, would be on tour around the United States this year.

From YouTube to Las Vegas: Canada-born, Singapore-raised magician Shin Lim on getting his start, a China education, and hitting the big time
Making treasure from ‘trash’: Jade Trau gives fine jewellery a fresh twist

The brand combines top quality modern stones with vintage silhouettes inspired by Victorian ‘odds and ends’, and reimagines old jewellery.

30 Apr 2020 - 5:27PM

The brand combines top quality modern stones with vintage silhouettes inspired by Victorian ‘odds and ends’, and reimagines old jewellery.

Making treasure from ‘trash’: Jade Trau gives fine jewellery a fresh twist
Reese Witherspoon, Christina Aguilera organise their closets with her: Lisa Adam’s tips on wardrobe perfection

Lisa Adams, founder of LA Closet Design, works with celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Christina Aguilera to organise their closets – and she can help you too in the quest for wardrobe you want to show off.

17 Apr 2020 - 7:23PM

Lisa Adams, founder of LA Closet Design, works with celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Christina Aguilera to organise their closets – and she can help you too in the quest for wardrobe you want to show off.

Reese Witherspoon, Christina Aguilera organise their closets with her: Lisa Adam’s tips on wardrobe perfection
‘I’m a vault’: the entertainment news publisher celebrities can trust – 90 per cent of what Jared Eng knows never makes it to justjared.com

Jared Eng, the Chinese-American founder of one of the most popular entertainment news websites, explains the value of discretion, recalls his sheltered upbringing, and talks about adding red-carpet stylist to his CV.

15 Apr 2020 - 6:45PM

Jared Eng, the Chinese-American founder of one of the most popular entertainment news websites, explains the value of discretion, recalls his sheltered upbringing, and talks about adding red-carpet stylist to his CV.

‘I’m a vault’: the entertainment news publisher celebrities can trust – 90 per cent of what Jared Eng knows never makes it to justjared.com
‘An epidemic of hate’: Asian-American starts anti-racism campaign to counter abuse over coronavirus

TV producer Valerie Chow was already planning a video blitz to counter racism against Asian-Americans over coronavirus when she was attacked on an LA street and told ‘go back to China’. It served as a spur for her Be Cool 2 Asians campaign.

12 Apr 2020 - 4:48PM

TV producer Valerie Chow was already planning a video blitz to counter racism against Asian-Americans over coronavirus when she was attacked on an LA street and told ‘go back to China’. It served as a spur for her Be Cool 2 Asians campaign.

‘An epidemic of hate’: Asian-American starts anti-racism campaign to counter abuse over coronavirus
Make-up artist to the Kardashians, Hadids and Ariana Grande on starting out, going bust and his rise up in the beauty business

Social media lets you see what you otherwise wouldn’t, says Vietnamese-American Patrick Ta, 29, the man behind the flawless looks of celebrities like the Kardashians, Hadids and Ariana Grande, who’s launched his own make-up range.

24 Mar 2020 - 5:09PM

Social media lets you see what you otherwise wouldn’t, says Vietnamese-American Patrick Ta, 29, the man behind the flawless looks of celebrities like the Kardashians, Hadids and Ariana Grande, who’s launched his own make-up range.

Make-up artist to the Kardashians, Hadids and Ariana Grande on starting out, going bust and his rise up in the beauty business
Lionel Richie and … perfume? Singer releases Hello, his own fragrance for men and women

Lionel Richie has gone from song to scent as he releases Hello, a pair of fragrances for men and women, inspired by a walk in the garden of his Beverly Hills area home.

17 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM

Lionel Richie has gone from song to scent as he releases Hello, a pair of fragrances for men and women, inspired by a walk in the garden of his Beverly Hills area home.

Lionel Richie and … perfume? Singer releases Hello, his own fragrance for men and women
Patrick Stewart, Seth MacFarlane and Viggo Mortensen star in science series that’s a voyage of discovery

Science series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, looks at humanity’s place in the universe using stunning visual effects. Using recognisable film stars, including Viggo Mortensen, makes it relatable.

16 Mar 2020 - 8:28PM

Science series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, looks at humanity’s place in the universe using stunning visual effects. Using recognisable film stars, including Viggo Mortensen, makes it relatable.

Patrick Stewart, Seth MacFarlane and Viggo Mortensen star in science series that’s a voyage of discovery
From horses to haute couture, billionaire’s daughter Jaime Xie is a fashion influencer in the making

Xie hung out with Steve Jobs’ daughter and was fanatical about her family’s horses, but her other love was for fashion. She featured in upcoming Netflix show The Bling Empire, hanging out with other wealthy Asians.

24 Feb 2020 - 3:24PM

Xie hung out with Steve Jobs’ daughter and was fanatical about her family’s horses, but her other love was for fashion. She featured in upcoming Netflix show The Bling Empire, hanging out with other wealthy Asians.

From horses to haute couture, billionaire’s daughter Jaime Xie is a fashion influencer in the making
How luxury knitwear brand St. John is reinventing itself under Chinese ownership, and pivoting from power dressers to modern multitasking women

American luxury fashion brand St. John was well-loved by fans like Hillary Clinton and journalist Diane Sawyer for its timeless, classic knitwear. But women’s roles have evolved, and the label is evolving too under its Chinese owners.

25 Feb 2020 - 11:58AM

American luxury fashion brand St. John was well-loved by fans like Hillary Clinton and journalist Diane Sawyer for its timeless, classic knitwear. But women’s roles have evolved, and the label is evolving too under its Chinese owners.

How luxury knitwear brand St. John is reinventing itself under Chinese ownership, and pivoting from power dressers to modern multitasking women
David Lim on S.W.A.T. action series, Hollywood and Asian-American actors’ rise

He knew acting was a daunting field for an Asian-American, but David Lim, who stars in action series S.W.A.T., kept believing he would make it. The growth in roles for actors like him in Hollywood productions vindicates his choice.

25 Jan 2020 - 8:41AM

He knew acting was a daunting field for an Asian-American, but David Lim, who stars in action series S.W.A.T., kept believing he would make it. The growth in roles for actors like him in Hollywood productions vindicates his choice.

David Lim on S.W.A.T. action series, Hollywood and Asian-American actors’ rise
Jet Li’s daughter Jane Li on stepping out as a debutante at Le Bal, and the near-death experience that shaped her life

Clad in a silk chiffon Dior gown, the martial arts action star’s daughter looked the part in Paris last month, but initially doubted she belonged. Jane Li reflects on the occasion, and on cheating death in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

15 Dec 2019 - 7:00PM

Clad in a silk chiffon Dior gown, the martial arts action star’s daughter looked the part in Paris last month, but initially doubted she belonged. Jane Li reflects on the occasion, and on cheating death in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Jet Li’s daughter Jane Li on stepping out as a debutante at Le Bal, and the near-death experience that shaped her life
Rihanna and Bella Hadid love his sunglasses – now Chinese designer Min Shi wants to make Haze Collections a fully fledged lifestyle brand

Guangzhou-born, Los Angeles-based designer Min Shi co-founded eyewear brand Haze Collection in 2013. Jewellery and perfume are next up. He hopes his out-of-the-box designs inspire fans to start collecting sunglasses.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:35AM

Guangzhou-born, Los Angeles-based designer Min Shi co-founded eyewear brand Haze Collection in 2013. Jewellery and perfume are next up. He hopes his out-of-the-box designs inspire fans to start collecting sunglasses.

Rihanna and Bella Hadid love his sunglasses – now Chinese designer Min Shi wants to make Haze Collections a fully fledged lifestyle brand
A haute couture collection of the ages: the one-of-a-kind clothes of Susan Casden, former Hong Kong ‘tai tai’

Susan Casden, who lived in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1994, fell in love with couture in Paris nearly 20 years ago and has since built a collection that has even caught the attention of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

5 Nov 2019 - 1:51PM

Susan Casden, who lived in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1994, fell in love with couture in Paris nearly 20 years ago and has since built a collection that has even caught the attention of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A haute couture collection of the ages: the one-of-a-kind clothes of Susan Casden, former Hong Kong ‘tai tai’
Asian-American fitness influencer Cassey Ho on losing weight, overcoming haters and being true to herself

Vietnamese-American social media star Cassey Ho recently started a challenge to lose weight over 90 days to feel better about herself, a move that angered some fans who labelled her a traitor who ‘demonised larger bodies’.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:21PM

Vietnamese-American social media star Cassey Ho recently started a challenge to lose weight over 90 days to feel better about herself, a move that angered some fans who labelled her a traitor who ‘demonised larger bodies’.

Asian-American fitness influencer Cassey Ho on losing weight, overcoming haters and being true to herself
The Walking Dead Season 10: cast and crew on zombies, plot twists, gore and horror

Writer and producer Angela Kang and long-time cast member Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, talk about the zombie franchise. The new series, which premieres on October 6, promises plenty of plot twists and new threats.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:36PM

Writer and producer Angela Kang and long-time cast member Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, talk about the zombie franchise. The new series, which premieres on October 6, promises plenty of plot twists and new threats.

The Walking Dead Season 10: cast and crew on zombies, plot twists, gore and horror
How Shark Tank winners took inspiration from K-beauty to break US skincare market

Glow Recipe founders introduced Korean cosmetics to American customers eager to experiment. Business reality-TV show appearance gave them the confidence to launch their own line of vegan, cruelty-free skincare.

4 Oct 2019 - 12:49PM

Glow Recipe founders introduced Korean cosmetics to American customers eager to experiment. Business reality-TV show appearance gave them the confidence to launch their own line of vegan, cruelty-free skincare.

How Shark Tank winners took inspiration from K-beauty to break US skincare market
The Thai former Miss Universe on a philanthropic mission, from her native land to the US west coast

Porntip Bui Simon was Miss Universe 1988 but knew she had to do more than promote beauty products and bathing suits. Her Angels Wings Foundation now supports students and children both in the US and Thailand.

3 Sep 2019 - 7:01AM

Porntip Bui Simon was Miss Universe 1988 but knew she had to do more than promote beauty products and bathing suits. Her Angels Wings Foundation now supports students and children both in the US and Thailand.

The Thai former Miss Universe on a philanthropic mission, from her native land to the US west coast
From Nike to Vans to Moschino: how SpongeBob SquarePants became a fashion collaboration sensation

Nike and NBA star Kyrie Irving teamed up with the cartoon star to celebrate SpongeBob’s 20th anniversary. The Nike Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants Collection is the latest in a long list of fashion collaborations involving the TV series.

4 Aug 2019 - 1:31AM

Nike and NBA star Kyrie Irving teamed up with the cartoon star to celebrate SpongeBob’s 20th anniversary. The Nike Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants Collection is the latest in a long list of fashion collaborations involving the TV series.

From Nike to Vans to Moschino: how SpongeBob SquarePants became a fashion collaboration sensation
Chinatown Market, streetwear brand with a smile that’s disrupting how a fashion label is run

Named after New York’s bustling Canal Street area, streetwear brand Chinatown Market has had the sort of early success most new labels can only dream of, with crossovers so far including Cole Haan and Crocs.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:00PM

Named after New York’s bustling Canal Street area, streetwear brand Chinatown Market has had the sort of early success most new labels can only dream of, with crossovers so far including Cole Haan and Crocs.

Chinatown Market, streetwear brand with a smile that’s disrupting how a fashion label is run
Meet Lauren Tsai, Terrace House star in Legion season 3 making her acting debut

Best-known for her role in the Japanese Netflix reality show Terrace House: Aloha State, Asian-American model and artist Tsai plays time-travelling mutant Switch in Legion season 3 – despite never having had an acting lesson.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM

Best-known for her role in the Japanese Netflix reality show Terrace House: Aloha State, Asian-American model and artist Tsai plays time-travelling mutant Switch in Legion season 3 – despite never having had an acting lesson.

Meet Lauren Tsai, Terrace House star in Legion season 3 making her acting debut
The Chanel of cannabis: founder of luxury marijuana brand Beboe on what fashion taught him about selling drugs

Chinese-American Clement Kwan created Beboe in California because he loves ‘the plant, the industry, and everything about it’. It sells upscale cannabis products such as rose gold vaping pens and CBD facial masks.

1 Jun 2019 - 9:49PM

Chinese-American Clement Kwan created Beboe in California because he loves ‘the plant, the industry, and everything about it’. It sells upscale cannabis products such as rose gold vaping pens and CBD facial masks.

The Chanel of cannabis: founder of luxury marijuana brand Beboe on what fashion taught him about selling drugs
Orange County Taiwanese fashion curator on her Venice boutique, trusting her taste, and beach culture

When people ask Geraldine Chung about going into fashion she says, ‘Don’t do it’. The Orange County native borrowed from family to start selling online, but sales plateaued. She opened a store and finally discovered ‘this is so fun’.

26 May 2019 - 7:21PM

When people ask Geraldine Chung about going into fashion she says, ‘Don’t do it’. The Orange County native borrowed from family to start selling online, but sales plateaued. She opened a store and finally discovered ‘this is so fun’.

Orange County Taiwanese fashion curator on her Venice boutique, trusting her taste, and beach culture
From Gucci to Manolo Blahnik, the booming e-commerce site targeting Chinese-Americans – and the brains behind it

Dealmoon.com channels discounted luxury goods to the Chinese-American market. Wuhan-born Jennifer Wang, co-founder of the US-based e-commerce site, talks about how she started out selling slippers on an LA street.

14 Apr 2019 - 7:06PM

Dealmoon.com channels discounted luxury goods to the Chinese-American market. Wuhan-born Jennifer Wang, co-founder of the US-based e-commerce site, talks about how she started out selling slippers on an LA street.

From Gucci to Manolo Blahnik, the booming e-commerce site targeting Chinese-Americans – and the brains behind it
Dr Pimple Popper: California dermatologist stunned by how many people get a kick out of ick

Four years ago, Dr Sandra Lee posted a video of herself doing a blackhead extraction and it went viral. Today she has her own TV show, has penned a book, and has her own line of skincare products. ‘I’m a born-again popaholic,’ she says.

3 Apr 2019 - 8:39PM

Four years ago, Dr Sandra Lee posted a video of herself doing a blackhead extraction and it went viral. Today she has her own TV show, has penned a book, and has her own line of skincare products. ‘I’m a born-again popaholic,’ she says.

Dr Pimple Popper: California dermatologist stunned by how many people get a kick out of ick
Couture-loving LA philanthropist on joy of giving, buying without thinking, and Prince Charles

Christine Chiu has a passion for giving and for haute couture. The philanthropist and her husband were in Scotland recently at the invitation of Prince Charles to open a new health and wellness centre in their name.

23 Feb 2019 - 7:01PM

Christine Chiu has a passion for giving and for haute couture. The philanthropist and her husband were in Scotland recently at the invitation of Prince Charles to open a new health and wellness centre in their name.

Couture-loving LA philanthropist on joy of giving, buying without thinking, and Prince Charles
Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks) organiser on why cruelty-free clothing is the new luxury

French stylist Emmanuelle Rienda, organiser of the world’s first Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks), explains why it’s cruel to wear anything made from animal products, even silk, and how she hopes big fashion houses will go vegan.

17 Feb 2019 - 6:44PM

French stylist Emmanuelle Rienda, organiser of the world’s first Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks), explains why it’s cruel to wear anything made from animal products, even silk, and how she hopes big fashion houses will go vegan.

Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks) organiser on why cruelty-free clothing is the new luxury
Los Angeles’ Dover Street Market fashion emporium brings ‘beautiful chaos’ to emerging Arts District

Fashion and lifestyle emporium Dover Street Market opened its sixth store in Los Angeles late last year. It is the brainchild of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:06PM

Fashion and lifestyle emporium Dover Street Market opened its sixth store in Los Angeles late last year. It is the brainchild of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

Los Angeles’ Dover Street Market fashion emporium brings ‘beautiful chaos’ to emerging Arts District
Dorothy Wang on reality TV: ‘just because you put Asian people in a show doesn’t mean it’s going to work’

Chinese tycoon’s daughter says four seasons of reality TV show wore her out and she likes her stress-free life. She has since collaborated with a beauty brand and is working on a travel and food website.

21 Jan 2019 - 7:59PM

Chinese tycoon’s daughter says four seasons of reality TV show wore her out and she likes her stress-free life. She has since collaborated with a beauty brand and is working on a travel and food website.

Dorothy Wang on reality TV: ‘just because you put Asian people in a show doesn’t mean it’s going to work’