Yu Ling Wu, who is four feet and six inches tall, is known for her wacky banter, and then his distinctive personality.
Every episode, she presents something new from Ronald McDonald-chic overalls and a rainbow of berets to a full face straight out of a YouTube beauty tutorial with electric red hair that matches each ensemble perfectly.
What makes your style so unique, and how do you make inspiration?
I''ve always been modest, but that''s what made me feel about it. In some ways, I felt like I had to overcompensate. In some ways, you scan the room, see everyone''s equal height, and you''re like, "Oh, my God, who is that? "I want it to be extra loud, extra colorful, and I want it to capture your attention."
Also, when I was growing up, my mom arose, "We''re not buying any new clothes for you." So I need to get creative with what I''m wearing, not aThe Gap, but aWinnie the Pooha. It would be kind of humorous. It is very versatile, and my mom is accustomed to being random, loud, colorful, and printed.
How do you feel about the whole Y2K resurgence as a "Millennial/Gen Z cusp"?
I''m a big fan. These years, in particular, are when I was most conscious of fashion. I thought the 2000s was very heavy on MTV, VH1, aFlavor of Lovea, and aI Love Moneya. But when I first saw TRL, I thought it was Britney [Spears], Justin [Timberlake,] and Ed Hardy. I think that''s what we''re leaning hard into instead of Ashley Tisdale layering.
How does being out of the Bay Area influence your style?
The streets of San Francisco are very relaxed. We''re very chill. No one really gives a f*ck about what you''re wearing. I think it''s more of a casual and casual approach than jeans, flip flops, and T-shirt. I think it''s because the city is kind of quirky. It''s silly. It''s cute. I''m glad I had this idea. I''m glad I did. I''m glad I''ve ever seen a student in San Francisco.
What influences your appearance as an Asian lady?
It''s so hard because women of color just can''t win. So if I want to dress a little bit more scantily clad, then sometimes it can feel like, "am I hyper-sexualizing myself?" I know that I''m going to walk down the street and someone''s will describe me as their "oriental princess dream." However, there are instances when I want to be extra aggressive to remove the stereotype of, "we''re quiet, we''re subservient." I''ve shifted
Fashion on bodies is so political. It''s my personal conviction to be like, "I''m going to wear whatever the hell I want." a We don''t want to be a stereotype. We also want to be more comfortable in our everyday lives. Some days, I want to be more quiet. I have a host of people.
Is this something you kept an eye on while you were developing your style for the show?
I wanted to demonstrate that fashion and beauty have the potential to transform and it can be different every day. There isn''t a need to be anything cohesive about it, but I can''t only describe myself as boho chic or street style. There''s so much inspiration and mix that comes into play. I believe that we can do that.
What is it like to choose an outfit by yourself and knowing that it will be seen by millions of people?
I have a YouTube channel and a series called Styuling. Usually I''ll take a picture of an outfit and send them to 17 of my friends asking, "Is this cute? Do you like this?" Then it was, "If we feel good in it, then we''re wearing it," but it''s all that matters. I might be roasted on the internet, but as long as I enjoy it, then whatever.
Do you match your hairstyles to your outfits? Because it felt like your hair was important a special with that first look, the jumpsuit.
Because I was like, "Is the red and the orange too much?a" It''s actually called a hime cut in Japan, also known as the princess cut. I did not coordinate, but nevertheless, orange is so out there that it almost works with everything. If I had blue hair, it might have clashed even more. But I felt like it was so out there that it somehow went with everything.
Is there any fashion trick you are currently aware of?
Mostly people are asking how I use clothing, because they are a little older. I tend to shrink a lot of my clothes often and I do get exclusively crop tops. I will say, that the Zara kid section is a sorry, to be shopping fast fashion, but they remove it. Aritizia has a pretty decent size range. So here are two things that I go to that day if I need good staples. But always, always shopping vintage and tailoring clothes is the number one way to go.
This interview has been edited and briefly condensed as a result of the clarity.