Meet Mia Kang, The Supermodel Who’s Also A Knockout Martial Artist | Megyn Kelly TODAY


[ APPLAUSE ]>>>INTERNATIONAL MODEL MIA KANG HAS BEEN FEATURED IN TONS OF MAGAZINES INCLUDING THE COVETED “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED” SWIMSUIT ISSUE. AND THOUGH SHE LOOS HAPPY AND HEALTHY, SHE WAS ANYTHING BUT. SHE BATTLING BODY DISMORE F YA. AND SHE TALKS ABOUT A NEWFOUND CONFIDENCE FROM A SURPRISING SOURCE. MODEL MIA KANG HAS GOT THE LOOK. MODELING SINCE 13, SHE HAS POSED FOR “ELLE” AND ADS LIKE MAX FACTOR. BEAUTY AND BRAINS. SHE HAS MULTIPLE DEGREES INCLUDING A MASTERS IN FINANCE. IN 2016, SHE FOUND A NEW PASSION, WHEN A SHORT VACATION TO THAILAND WAS A FINAL-MONTHS STAY AT A MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING CAMP. SHE IS NOW A FIGHTER. RECENTLY, SHE MADE HEADLINES FOR A DIFFERENT REASON, OPENING UP ABOUT EATING DISORDERS IN A REVEALING INSTAGRAM POST. SHE SMOKED A PACK OF CIGARETTES A DAY, ALL TO REMAIN A SIZE 2. MIA KANG, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, THE SUPER SKINNY PHOTO OF YOU. THERE ON THE LEFT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>IT’S REALLY EMOTIONAL FOR ME, EVEN NOW. I REMEMBER HOW MUCH I HATED MYSELF. AND I REMEMBER THAT M MOMENT I TOOK THAT PHOTO. THAT WAS THE DAY BEFORE I SHOT MY FIRST ISSUE OF “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED” SWIMSUIT. AND I TRULY BELIEVED THEY WOULD SEND ME HOME AND I WAS GOING TO GET FIRED BECAUSE I DIDN’T LOOK THE PART.>>WOW. YOU GREW UP, YOU SAY, WITH A WEIGHT PROBLEM. YOU WERE OVERWEIGHT AS A CHILD?>>I GREW UP OVERWEIGHT AND EXTREMELY BULLIED IN SCHOOL. WHEN I WAS 13, I WAS TOLD BY DOCTORS THAT I WAS, YOU KNOW, I SHOULD LOSE WEIGHT AND I WAS AT RISK FOR DIABETES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I STOPPED EATING.>>HOW MUCH WEIGHT DID YOU LOSE?>>I LOST ABOUT 80 POUNDS. YEAH.>>DID YOU GET TO SUPERSKINNY EVEN THEN AS A 13-YEAR-OLD OR 14-YEAR-OLD?>>I DID. AND I WAS SCOUTED AS A MODEL STRAIGHT AWAY. I WENT FROM BEING THAT BULLIED GIRL, THE BOYS THAT BULLIED ME WERE THEN ASKING ME OUT. I WAS ON BILLBOARDS EVERYWHERE. AND I LEARNED HOW SUPERFICIAL THINGS ARE FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE.>>AND HOW TO ASSOCIATE YOUR OWN VALUE WITH YOUR LOOKS.>>RIGHT.>>EXACTLY THE WRONG MESSAGE BUT ONE WE SEND TO THIS DAY.>>NOTHING HAD CHANGED BUT THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE AND I HAD A DIFFERENT LIFE.>>I WAS AT A GIRLS’ SCHOOL, A PRIVATE GIRLS SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY, AND THE PARENTS WERE TALKING ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN. AND A FEW OF THE DADS GOT UP TO TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL. AND THE FIRST THING THEY KEPT SAYING ABOUT THEIR DAUGHTERS, SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL. MY DAUGHTER IS BEAUTIFUL. AND I WAS SITTING THERE THINKING, I UNDERSTAND HOW THEY MEAN IT. BUT WHAT PARENT WOULD GET UP THERE AND THE FIRST THING THEY WOULD SAY ABOUT THEIR SON IS, HE’S SO BEAUTIFUL, HE’S SO HANDSO HANDSOME, SO GOOD-LOOKING. WE HAVE IT IN OUR MINDSET THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE THING GIRL NEED TO BE. THAT’S THEIR SOCIAL VALUE. YOU WERE RAISED WITH THAT IN YOUR HEAD LIKE SO MANY YOUNG GIRLS IN AMERICA AND ELSEWHERE. AND THEN, YOU BECOME A MODEL. WHEN YOU WERE TELLING YOURSELF YOU WERE TOO BIG FOR THAT VICTORIA SECRET PHOTO SHOOT, WHAT WERE PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY SAYING TO YOU?>>THAT PHOTO OF ME WHEN I WAS — I WAS THE FEEDBACK THAT I GOT WAS I NEVER LOOKED BETTER. I HAD A LITTLE MORE TO LOSE. I WAS A COUPLE POUNDS OFF. YEAH. AND I TRULY BELIEVED IT. SINCE I WAS 13, THIS IS MY WHOLE WORLD. IF I DON’T WORK, I DON’T EAT. SO, I WAS SO DELUSIONAL ABOUT WHAT WAS NORMAL. I NEVER ATE MEALS. UNTIL I WAS 27 YEARS OLD, I NEVER ATE MEALS.>>WHAT DID YOU EAT?>>I WAS SNACK HERE AND THERE TO KEEP MYSELF GOING, OTHERWISE I WOULD TRY TO STICK TO LIQUIDS.>>ONLY LIQUIDS.>>I WOULD EAT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WHEN I HAD TO SHOW. BUT BY MYSELF, BUT I NEVER ATE MEALS.>>YOU WERE SMOKING HEAVILY.>>I SMOKED ABOUT A PACK OF CIGARETTES A DAY.>>THAT KILLS THE APPETITE?>>YEAH.>>EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY.>>ANYTHING THAT WOULD HELP ME REMAIN AS THIN AS POSSIBLE. SO, BLACK COFFEE, NARCOTICS, LAXATIVES, DIURETICS, SUPPLEMENTS, TAKING PROBIOTICS. EVERYTHING THAT COULD HELP ME.>>HOW MUCH OF THAT IS THE MODELING WORLD? RECENTLY, THERE WAS A VICTORIA SECRET MODEL, BRIDGET MALCOLM, SHE HAD BEEN, AT WAR WITH HER BODY, AT WAR WITH HER BODY FOR YEARS. HERE’S BRIDGET. HOW MUCH IS IT THAT THE MODELING INDUSTRY, VERSUS JUST OUR WORLD?>>THE INDUSTRY HAS A STANDARD OF BEAUTY THAT IS UNATTAINABLE AND ISN’T FOCUSED ON HEALTH. AND THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. AND LIKE I SAID, IT CREATES THIS DISMORPHIA. YOU LOOK AT THE MAGAZINES AND THE GIRLS AND YOU THINK, THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL. IT MUST BE GREAT BEING THEM, THEY’RE SO CONFIDENT, RIGHT? I CAN TELL YOU, WE ARE THE MOST INSECURE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WE ARE CONSTANTLY BEING JUDGED EVERY DAY. WE KNOW OURSELVES INSIDE-OUT. EVERY FLAW, THERE’S SOMEBODY REMINDING YOU, YOUR THIGHS. FOR ME, IT WAS MY THIGHS, MY HIPS. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING. YOU KNOW, IT CONSUMES YOU. IT COMPLETELY CONSUMES YOU. AND I THINK THAT IT’S LAEL GREAT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE INDUSTRY NOW, THAT THE STANDARD OF BEAUTY IS KANG. SHE IS BRAVELY OPENING UP ABOUT A DECADE OF EATING DYSMORPHIA. YOU WON THE 2016 MODEL SEARCH.>>I DID.>>YOU’RE TINY AS EVER. YOU’RE DOING THE CIGARETTES. WHAT WAS THE AHA MOMENT?>>COMPLETELY, HONESTLY, I WAS ASKED — I’D BOOKED THIS MAJOR CAMPAIGN. AND I WAS ASKED TO GO FOR LIQUIDS ONLY BEFORE THE SHOOT. THAT WAS ABOUT TEN DAYS. AND TO BE HONEST, IN OUR INDUSTRY, THAT’S NORMAL. BUT SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME, I BROKE DOWN. I WAS A COMPLETE MESS. I’M NEVER LIKE THAT. I’M A PRETTY TOUGH COOKIE. I THINK MY BODY AND MY MIND, AFTER 17 YEAR OF THIS INDUSTRY HAD JUST HAD ENOUGH. THEY WANTED ME TO LOOK LIKE HOW I WAS WHEN I WAS 17. AND I WAS 27. MY BODY WAS FIGHTING IT. MY BRAIN WAS FIGHTING IT. I DID THE TEN DAYS. I DID THE CAMPAIGN. AND I ASKED FOR A VACATION TO GO TO THAILAND JUST TO RESET. AND THEN, A TEN-DAY VACATION TURNED INTO NINE MONTHS OF ME MOVING INTO A FIGHT CAMP, LIVING, BREATHING, EATING MARTIAL ARTS.>>SOMETHING CALLED — THAT YOU’VE BECOME A PRACTITIONER OF. WE HAVE GREAT VIDEO OF YOU DOING IT. WHAT HAS THIS DONE FOR YOUR PSYCHE AND YOUR BODY?>>IT TAUGHT ME SO MUCH. I THINK I BECAME PHYSICALLY STRONG, WHICH MADE ME MENTALLY STRONG, WHICH THEN TRANSPIRED TO EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE. I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF. I LEARNED TO LOVE MY BODY. I LEARNED TO RESPECT MY BODY. I HAD LIVED MY WHOLE LIFE THINKING THAT FOOD WAS A REWARD FOR STARVATION. AND I FINALLY LEARNED TO EAT MEALS AND LEARN THAT FOOD IS NOURISHMENT. I LEARNED TO RESPECT MYSELF AND TO LOVE MYSELF. MY INSECURITIES ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.>>WE ALL HAVE THEM.>>GET COMFORTABLE WITH THEM. LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF.>>YOU DON’T — I THINK WE BRAINWASH OUR YOUNG GIRLS IN PARTICULAR. AS A WOMAN, I DON’T THINK YOU REALIZE YOU’RE BEING BRAINWASHED. YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO BE THIS STICK FIGURE UNTIL SOMEBODY STANDS UP AND SAYS, NO.>>WAIT, YOU DON’T.>>NOW, YOU’RE A SIZE 2. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE A SIZE MINUS SOMETHING IN THAT BEFORE PICTURE THERE. NOW, YOU’RE A SIZE 8. WHEN YOU SEE YOUR SIZE 8 BODY, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?>>I’M NOT GOING TO PRETEND THAT I DON’T HAVE INSECURITIES BECAUSE I DO. ALSO, THIS IS A NEW BODY FOR ME. I’M ADJUSTING INTO IT. I’M LEARNING TO GET COMFORTABLE WITH IT. I FEEL LIKE I FINALLY BECAME A WOMAN. I GREW INTO MY CURVES. I ALLOWED MY BODY TO BE ITSELF INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FORCE IT TO BE SOMETHING THAT SOMEBODY ELSE WAS TELLING ME IT NEEDED TO BE.>>ARE YOU OVER THE EATING DISORDERS?>>IT’S SOMETHING I HAVE TO LIVE WITH FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. BUT THERE’S PROGRESS. I WANT SO MANY PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM EATING DISORDERS AND WE DON’T KNOW IT. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN REPROGRAM YOURSELF. YOU CAN RECOVER. AND IT’S A DECISION. YOU NEED TO MAKE THAT DECISION EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY, YOU NEED TO WORK ON IT. BUT IT DOES GET BETTER. I PROMISE YOU, IT GETS BETTER. I PROMISE YOU, IT GETS BETTER.>>THANK YOU.

14 Replies to “Meet Mia Kang, The Supermodel Who’s Also A Knockout Martial Artist | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. Seriously? This fat beast cries abound starving to become a size 2 (which people who are in her normal weight range, 150 lbs or more, probably do not do regularly) yet comes out looking like a 200 lb dude claiming a size 9 is "healthy" and "normal"? Now this clown is all over msm, with acclaim that she is an SI model and Pro MMA fighter (Really? Not sure if she's even fought Muay Thai at a professional level nonetheless MMA) that overcame her eating disorder. Don't trust mainstream media, don't follow illogical news reports/,propaganda like this one.

  2. Chic looks a size 12. Does not have a supermodel face, broad cheek bones, fatty cheeks. Very mongol looking. welp

  3. Glad she is healthy now. Not the most stimulating interview, she isn't very good at answering questions.

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