UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 30 JANUARY 2015
Fashion guru Gok Wan discussed some of his most personal life experiences - including his childhood struggles with obesity and anorexia, and how he overcame schoolyard bullies - at a Birmingham City University City Talk this week.
Gok told investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas, “I struggle with anorexia every day – it’s like a parasite that won't go away. Realising it doesn't go away is the biggest weapon."
“When I was being bullied I wished the bullies a terrible fate. But now, over time, I’ve forgiven them as without them I wouldn't be who I am today.
Gok also gave tips on body confidence, arguing that age should never dictate how you look, dress and feel.
“Identity is really important and it's not something that should be overlooked. Have a relationship with the mirror and understand your reflection. Ultimately it’s all about the confidence. Fix that and you can fix everything.”
When asked about his biggest fear in life he admitted, “I’m petrified of feeling unsuccessful. I've never said that before.”
Gok received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University last September, and ‘Dr Gok: from Catwalk to City Talk' kicked off the 2015 City Talk Series. For information on upcoming events please visit bcucitytalks.eventbrite.co.uk.