Beauty standard-bearer: Hong Kong model and singer Lezlie Chan takes a stand for body positivity

For most people, winning is the goal when joining a competition. But for Lezlie Chan, the reason for taking part in a beauty pageant was that she had “nothing to lose.”

Chan, a 24-year-old plus-size model, recently made her first television appearance on ViuTV’s Extra Beauty, a beauty contest for women with a Body Mass Index of 25 or above that premiered in Hong Kong in April. Despite making it through to the last 12 contestants, she said she was originally hesitant to join.

Photo: Lea Mok / HKFP

“Hong Kong people are usually judgy and they are usually not encouraging. But I [thought] I should make the first step… there’s nothing to lose, ”Chan told HKFP.

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