Elaine Kwok

Model — Hong Kong

Name, where are you from?
Elaine Kwok. Hong Kong.

Describe your style in three words?
Relaxed. comfortable. Casual. I am aware they are all synonyms, but I can’t be confident wearing something I don’t feel good in.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Hands down Erykah Badu at Field Day this year. It was phenomenal, to say the least. Me and my friends were moved to tears. Performing is an art, a craft and she got it down to a science. I felt so inspired and enlightened not solely by her words, but her aura. I want to be like her when I grow up.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Blink 182 and Brockhampton. Me and my sister used to blast Blink 182 every day when we got home from school (we still do occasionally). It would be sick to give a tribute to my childhood being on the same stage as them. My sister would be damn proud of me. 

Brockhampton refer to themselves as a boyband. They set out to redefine hip-hop and boyband by merging two together. They are the pioneers starting discussions about homosexuality and racial diversity in their music. I have mad respect for them. 

Which subcultures have influenced you? 
Definitely queer and hip-hop culture. Being brought up in Asia, I’ve always felt different than my peers. I never felt a sense of belonging there. It’s extremely important for me to have the freedom to be myself. I’ve fought for the right to express myself throughout my adolescence. And I identify that struggle with subcultures, therefore, I’ve immersed myself in those two cultures, in particular when I was growing up.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Michael Jackson. I just want to give him a long and heartfelt hug and tell him how pure of a heart he had. He did everything he could to exert a difference to the world and he certainly did. He blessed us with his talent and can never be forgotten. I just wish he knew that people recognised the good deeds he’s done to the world. 

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Kid Katharsis on Soundcloud. He is a friend of mine and never cared about how much attention or success he would get from the public. He just wanted to create art, ‘cause that was the only source of happiness for him. I could totally relate and bonded with him on that. He stopped making music now and decided to embark on a different path in his life.  

He was so underrated. His music helped me to become a better person and reminded me that if you look for the light, you can often find it. He touched on his personal experience of depression and racism he’s encountered growing up as a black man.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Love You More and More Everyday' by Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Welcome to My Life' by Simple Plan.

One record you would keep forever?
'Encore' by Eminem.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"In every life we have trouble,
But when you worry, you make it double."

From 'Don't Worry Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
Anything from Cardi B gets me moving.

A song you wished you had written?
'All You Need Is Love' by The Beatles.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Stand up' by Leslie Cheung.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Jesus Take The Wheel' by Carrie Underwood.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Labyrinth' by Toro y Moi.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
'The Place' by Inc. and 'Into The Fields' by Foxes In Fiction.

Name, where are you from?
Elaine Kwok. Hong Kong.

Describe your style in three words?
Relaxed. comfortable. Casual. I am aware they are all synonyms, but I can’t be confident wearing something I don’t feel good in.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Hands down Erykah Badu at Field Day this year. It was phenomenal, to say the least. Me and my friends were moved to tears. Performing is an art, a craft and she got it down to a science. I felt so inspired and enlightened not solely by her words, but her aura. I want to be like her when I grow up.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Blink 182 and Brockhampton. Me and my sister used to blast Blink 182 every day when we got home from school (we still do occasionally). It would be sick to give a tribute to my childhood being on the same stage as them. My sister would be damn proud of me. 

Brockhampton refer to themselves as a boyband. They set out to redefine hip-hop and boyband by merging two together. They are the pioneers starting discussions about homosexuality and racial diversity in their music. I have mad respect for them. 

Which subcultures have influenced you? 
Definitely queer and hip-hop culture. Being brought up in Asia, I’ve always felt different than my peers. I never felt a sense of belonging there. It’s extremely important for me to have the freedom to be myself. I’ve fought for the right to express myself throughout my adolescence. And I identify that struggle with subcultures, therefore, I’ve immersed myself in those two cultures, in particular when I was growing up.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Michael Jackson. I just want to give him a long and heartfelt hug and tell him how pure of a heart he had. He did everything he could to exert a difference to the world and he certainly did. He blessed us with his talent and can never be forgotten. I just wish he knew that people recognised the good deeds he’s done to the world. 

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Kid Katharsis on Soundcloud. He is a friend of mine and never cared about how much attention or success he would get from the public. He just wanted to create art, ‘cause that was the only source of happiness for him. I could totally relate and bonded with him on that. He stopped making music now and decided to embark on a different path in his life.  

He was so underrated. His music helped me to become a better person and reminded me that if you look for the light, you can often find it. He touched on his personal experience of depression and racism he’s encountered growing up as a black man.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Love You More and More Everyday' by Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Welcome to My Life' by Simple Plan.

One record you would keep forever?
'Encore' by Eminem.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"In every life we have trouble,
But when you worry, you make it double."

From 'Don't Worry Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
Anything from Cardi B gets me moving.

A song you wished you had written?
'All You Need Is Love' by The Beatles.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Stand up' by Leslie Cheung.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Jesus Take The Wheel' by Carrie Underwood.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Labyrinth' by Toro y Moi.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
'The Place' by Inc. and 'Into The Fields' by Foxes In Fiction.

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