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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From serving in an Orlando bakery to doing Kim Kardashian’s make-up: plus-size Filipino-American influencer and beauty entrepreneur Patrick Starrr

Patrick Starrr started out on YouTube in 2013 showing how to pile on foundation and powder for his signature look. Since then, he has done Kim Kardashian’s make-up, worked with MAC Cosmetics and launched a make-up line, One/Size.

7 Oct 2020 - 11:18PM

Patrick Starrr started out on YouTube in 2013 showing how to pile on foundation and powder for his signature look. Since then, he has done Kim Kardashian’s make-up, worked with MAC Cosmetics and launched a make-up line, One/Size.

From serving in an Orlando bakery to doing Kim Kardashian’s make-up: plus-size Filipino-American influencer and beauty entrepreneur Patrick Starrr
Colour psychology applied to activewear: at the gym, wear pink for creativity, blue for confidence, says founder of Centric clothing brand

When Vietnamese-born Ryan Hoang began working in New York, he knew he needed to work out to fit in. But workout gear was all in ‘really boring’ neutral shades. He fixed that by launching his activewear brand, Centric.

8 Sep 2020 - 6:57PM

When Vietnamese-born Ryan Hoang began working in New York, he knew he needed to work out to fit in. But workout gear was all in ‘really boring’ neutral shades. He fixed that by launching his activewear brand, Centric.

Colour psychology applied to activewear: at the gym, wear pink for creativity, blue for confidence, says founder of Centric clothing brand
Ex-Facebook executive, who helped Mark Zuckerberg finesse his Chinese, on a new wellness platform: ‘Imagine a world where we all knew how to forgive, and to listen’

Chris Pan left Facebook, discovered mindfulness and set up his own company, My Intent. At first, it made jewellery that’s worn by celebrities – now it’s a wellness platform designed to teach emotional literacy.

16 Jul 2020 - 10:11AM

Chris Pan left Facebook, discovered mindfulness and set up his own company, My Intent. At first, it made jewellery that’s worn by celebrities – now it’s a wellness platform designed to teach emotional literacy.

Ex-Facebook executive, who helped Mark Zuckerberg finesse his Chinese, on a new wellness platform: ‘Imagine a world where we all knew how to forgive, and to listen’
Author channelled her stylish Hong Kong grandmother in Beauty, novel set in the world of New York fashion

Christina Chiu’s grandmother lived on The Peak in Hong Kong and ‘wore high heels and make-up every day’. She shows up in Chiu’s novel Beauty in the most subtle of ways.

30 Jun 2020 - 6:34PM

Christina Chiu’s grandmother lived on The Peak in Hong Kong and ‘wore high heels and make-up every day’. She shows up in Chiu’s novel Beauty in the most subtle of ways.

Author channelled her stylish Hong Kong grandmother in Beauty, novel set in the world of New York fashion
‘Psychic’ star of reality TV show Meet the Frasers on seeing dead people and his inherited gift

Matt Fraser, star of E! and Hayu show Meet the Frasers, says he has been able to see spirits since he was a child. He talks about his inherited psychic gift and how his mother’s advice has helped him deliver difficult messages.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:02PM

Matt Fraser, star of E! and Hayu show Meet the Frasers, says he has been able to see spirits since he was a child. He talks about his inherited psychic gift and how his mother’s advice has helped him deliver difficult messages.

‘Psychic’ star of reality TV show Meet the Frasers on seeing dead people and his inherited gift
Acne compelled entrepreneur to create an all-natural skincare line that’s good enough to eat

Priscilla Tsai was plagued by acne, and when conventional treatments didn’t fix it, she began experimenting with all-natural oils. Now she has her own line of skincare, make-up and drink mixes that utilise superfoods.

24 Jun 2020 - 6:49PM

Priscilla Tsai was plagued by acne, and when conventional treatments didn’t fix it, she began experimenting with all-natural oils. Now she has her own line of skincare, make-up and drink mixes that utilise superfoods.

Acne compelled entrepreneur to create an all-natural skincare line that’s good enough to eat
Fight for justice is second nature to streetwear brand The Hundreds’ Asian-American founder

The Hundreds ‘began because I had something to say’, says co-founder Bobby Kim, who has built the brand around forging a community.

17 Jun 2020 - 8:21PM

The Hundreds ‘began because I had something to say’, says co-founder Bobby Kim, who has built the brand around forging a community.

Fight for justice is second nature to streetwear brand The Hundreds’ Asian-American founder
‘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.

6 Oct 2020 - 3:32PM

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