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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Extreme cosmetic surgery: grow 10cm taller with this doctor’s magnetic bone expander - he’s never been busier meeting people’s heightened expectations

Michael Assayag is one of a few doctors in the world who can make people taller – and where once his work was mainly to alleviate congenital shortness, now most of his patients do it for cosmetic reasons.

Michael Assayag is one of a few doctors in the world who can make people taller – and where once his work was mainly to alleviate congenital shortness, now most of his patients do it for cosmetic reasons.

Extreme cosmetic surgery: grow 10cm taller with this doctor’s magnetic bone expander - he’s never been busier meeting people’s heightened expectations
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Asian-American actress Fiona Rene on her favourite movie genre, finding her roots and representation in the entertainment industry

Asian-American Fiona Rene, who plays a police chief in Amazon Prime Video series I Know What You Did Last Summer, can pinpoint a role in a school play as the moment she knew she wanted to pursue acting.

Asian-American Fiona Rene, who plays a police chief in Amazon Prime Video series I Know What You Did Last Summer, can pinpoint a role in a school play as the moment she knew she wanted to pursue acting.

Asian-American actress Fiona Rene on her favourite movie genre, finding her roots and representation in the entertainment industry
20 Oct 2021 - 7:15AM
James Bond’s most memorable vehicles as No Time to Die hits screens, from Sean Connery’s helicopter in You Only Live Twice to Pierce Brosnan’s Aston Martin DB5 in Goldeneye

When you think of a James Bond movie, the most exciting scenes typically involve a deadly, hi-tech car or vehicle. As No Time to Die hits screens, here are some of 007’s most memorable.

When you think of a James Bond movie, the most exciting scenes typically involve a deadly, hi-tech car or vehicle. As No Time to Die hits screens, here are some of 007’s most memorable.

James Bond’s most memorable vehicles as No Time to Die hits screens, from Sean Connery’s helicopter in You Only Live Twice to Pierce Brosnan’s Aston Martin DB5 in Goldeneye
6 Oct 2021 - 6:15PM
Asian-American dancer Marisa Hamamoto, who founded dance company for disabled and able-bodied, talks about her pain and why she’s dismantling stereotypes

Asian-American dancer Marisa Hamamoto, who set up a dance company open to anyone – disabled and able-bodied – explains why she wants to dismantle stereotypes.

Asian-American dancer Marisa Hamamoto, who set up a dance company open to anyone – disabled and able-bodied – explains why she wants to dismantle stereotypes.

Asian-American dancer Marisa Hamamoto, who founded dance company for disabled and able-bodied, talks about her pain and why she’s dismantling stereotypes
26 Sep 2021 - 12:15AM
Review | The meaning of make-up and why it’s far from a frivolous enhancement

Author Rae Nudson dispels the notion that cosmetics are dispensable in her deep dive into beauty culture.

Author Rae Nudson dispels the notion that cosmetics are dispensable in her deep dive into beauty culture.

The meaning of make-up and why it’s far from a frivolous enhancement
25 Sep 2021 - 7:15PM
Traditional Chinese medicine brought this healer closer to her culture – now she’s raising awareness of TCM techniques like guasha, a TikTok favourite

Traditional Chinese medicine healer Debbie Kung explains why you need to be careful when doing guasha and how TCM brought her closer to her culture.

Traditional Chinese medicine healer Debbie Kung explains why you need to be careful when doing guasha and how TCM brought her closer to her culture.

Traditional Chinese medicine brought this healer closer to her culture – now she’s raising awareness of TCM techniques like guasha, a TikTok favourite
14 Sep 2021 - 7:15AM
NiK Kacy had nowhere to buy gender-neutral shoes so they founded their own footwear brand that ‘that all types of people can wear’

Hong Kong-born, Los Angeles-based NiK Kacy has ‘designed all the shoes I ever wanted to wear and shoes for all sexes’ – think gender-neutral sneakers, combat boots and brogues in sizes for everyone.

Hong Kong-born, Los Angeles-based NiK Kacy has ‘designed all the shoes I ever wanted to wear and shoes for all sexes’ – think gender-neutral sneakers, combat boots and brogues in sizes for everyone.

NiK Kacy had nowhere to buy gender-neutral shoes so they founded their own footwear brand that ‘that all types of people can wear’
21 Jun 2021 - 6:26PM
Asian-American diversity champion on his new skincare line, China plans and why his 15-year-old self would be proud of him today

Unhappy with the lack of gender-inclusive representation in beauty products, David Yi set out to create his own: Good Light, a skincare line with the tagline ‘Beauty Beyond the Binary’

Unhappy with the lack of gender-inclusive representation in beauty products, David Yi set out to create his own: Good Light, a skincare line with the tagline ‘Beauty Beyond the Binary’

Asian-American diversity champion on his new skincare line, China plans and why his 15-year-old self would be proud of him today
14 Jun 2021 - 12:40PM
Face masks in hot pink satin, lace, turquoise brocade for US$25 and up – Maskela entrepreneur’s pivot from dress rental in pandemic pays off

Told to remove her face mask or leave a Singapore private club because it was ‘scary’, Carol Chen went ahead with her plan to make her own. Her Maskela label was born, and Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan.

Told to remove her face mask or leave a Singapore private club because it was ‘scary’, Carol Chen went ahead with her plan to make her own. Her Maskela label was born, and Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan.

Face masks in hot pink satin, lace, turquoise brocade for US$25 and up – Maskela entrepreneur’s pivot from dress rental in pandemic pays off
4 May 2021 - 4:26PM
Real Housewives star and doctor Tiffany Moon on anti-Asian racism, growing up poor and using her new-found fame for good

When doctor and Texas housewife Tiffany Moon joined the cast of reality-TV show The Real Dallas Housewives, she didn’t expect to find herself talking about ‘race and micro-aggression and immigrating to America’.

When doctor and Texas housewife Tiffany Moon joined the cast of reality-TV show The Real Dallas Housewives, she didn’t expect to find herself talking about ‘race and micro-aggression and immigrating to America’.

Real Housewives star and doctor Tiffany Moon on anti-Asian racism, growing up poor and using her new-found fame for good
10 May 2021 - 10:10AM
How artist who ripped off Gucci ended up collaborating with the fashion label and holding an exhibition in Shanghai

Using Gucci products in your artworks without permission would normally result in a lawsuit, but Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele invited Trevor Andrew aka Gucci Ghost to collaborate on a fashion show.

Using Gucci products in your artworks without permission would normally result in a lawsuit, but Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele invited Trevor Andrew aka Gucci Ghost to collaborate on a fashion show.

How artist who ripped off Gucci ended up collaborating with the fashion label and holding an exhibition in Shanghai
21 Apr 2021 - 5:25AM
The Chinese-speaking Ukrainian martial artist fighting hate crime by teaching Asian-Americans self-defence, and his efforts to unite disparate cultures

He speaks fluent Chinese, practises tai chi, kung fu, and karate, and his TV series My American Family, in which he stars, has just debuted on Amazon Prime. Meet Ukrainian-born, Los Angeles-based Victor Migalchan.

He speaks fluent Chinese, practises tai chi, kung fu, and karate, and his TV series My American Family, in which he stars, has just debuted on Amazon Prime. Meet Ukrainian-born, Los Angeles-based Victor Migalchan.

The Chinese-speaking Ukrainian martial artist fighting hate crime by teaching Asian-Americans self-defence, and his efforts to unite disparate cultures
4 Apr 2021 - 8:27AM
How singer Etty Lau Farrell dealt with racism in the US growing up after her family emigrated from Hong Kong, and her musical career

Hong Kong-born singer, co-organiser of the Lollapalooza music festival and wife of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell reflects on the racism she faced growing up, and her wish to organise a response to the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US.

Hong Kong-born singer, co-organiser of the Lollapalooza music festival and wife of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell reflects on the racism she faced growing up, and her wish to organise a response to the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US.

How singer Etty Lau Farrell dealt with racism in the US growing up after her family emigrated from Hong Kong, and her musical career
13 Apr 2021 - 4:14PM
How fashion e-tailer Revolve became a global force working with influencers like Kendall Jenner, Nicole Richie, and Aimee Song

Working with influencers including Kylie and Kendall Jenner, fashion retail site Revolve has grown into a multimillion-dollar business representing nearly 1,000 labels. Chief brand officer Raissa Gerona talks about her fashion journey.

Working with influencers including Kylie and Kendall Jenner, fashion retail site Revolve has grown into a multimillion-dollar business representing nearly 1,000 labels. Chief brand officer Raissa Gerona talks about her fashion journey.

How fashion e-tailer Revolve became a global force working with influencers like Kendall Jenner, Nicole Richie, and Aimee Song
24 Mar 2021 - 10:58AM
Eddie Huang on racism, domestic violence and defying the Asian stereotype

Having made his directorial debut with Boogie, the multi-talented Huang talks about the importance of authentic representation in Hollywood, and how he’s changing the game.

Having made his directorial debut with Boogie, the multi-talented Huang talks about the importance of authentic representation in Hollywood, and how he’s changing the game.

Eddie Huang on racism, domestic violence and defying the Asian stereotype
15 Mar 2021 - 11:22AM
Designer of Meghan Markle’s ‘Husband Shirt’, Misha Nonoo, on sustainable fashion and her on-demand business model

Misha Nonoo now only makes a piece when an order comes in, saying she would rather ask her customers to wait a few days than overproduce as she focuses on sustainability.

Misha Nonoo now only makes a piece when an order comes in, saying she would rather ask her customers to wait a few days than overproduce as she focuses on sustainability.

Designer of Meghan Markle’s ‘Husband Shirt’, Misha Nonoo, on sustainable fashion and her on-demand business model
3 Feb 2021 - 4:31PM
Netflix’s Bling Empire producer and star Kelly Mi Li on being a self-made crazy rich Asian and helping viewers escape ‘unpleasant times’

Kelly Mi Li, a producer and one of the stars of Netflix’s Bling Empire (think Crazy Rich Asians meets Keeping Up With The Kardashians), talks about why now is the perfect time for a reality show about moneyed Asians.

Kelly Mi Li, a producer and one of the stars of Netflix’s Bling Empire (think Crazy Rich Asians meets Keeping Up With The Kardashians), talks about why now is the perfect time for a reality show about moneyed Asians.

Netflix’s Bling Empire producer and star Kelly Mi Li on being a self-made crazy rich Asian and helping viewers escape ‘unpleasant times’
13 Jan 2021 - 8:41PM
Sustainable sneakers for modern women – sisters pivot from their fast fashion footwear family to launch Avre label

Julie and Connie Kuo, co-founders of sustainable sneaker line Avre, have roots in the footwear industry. Unlike the family’s fast fashion brand, theirs is as environmentally friendly as possible.

Julie and Connie Kuo, co-founders of sustainable sneaker line Avre, have roots in the footwear industry. Unlike the family’s fast fashion brand, theirs is as environmentally friendly as possible.

Sustainable sneakers for modern women – sisters pivot from their fast fashion footwear family to launch Avre label
25 Nov 2020 - 8:57PM
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.

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
1 Jan 2021 - 9:38PM
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.

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
8 Sep 2020 - 6:57PM
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.

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’
16 Jul 2020 - 10:11AM
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.

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
30 Jun 2020 - 6:34PM
‘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.

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
25 Jun 2020 - 9:02PM
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.

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
24 Jun 2020 - 6:49PM
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.

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
17 Jun 2020 - 8:21PM
‘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.

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
26 May 2020 - 6:56PM
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.

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
25 Nov 2020 - 8:54PM
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.

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
30 Apr 2020 - 5:27PM
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.

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
17 Apr 2020 - 7:23PM
‘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.

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
15 Apr 2020 - 6:45PM