Cheryl Tay, 32, Founder of Rock The Naked Truth

My journey to self-love was a long one. It has taken me a long, long, long time to reach this point where I am THIS comfortable with my body.

At 12, I was bullied in school and at 18, I was at the peak of my body image struggles. I had a strong obsession with my weight and became an unfortunate slave to the scale. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating – I suffered from all of these eating disorders and would even harm myself as punishment.

At that time, I was fixated on losing weight and getting the numbers on the scale down. For example, I ran 20km every morning, did three hours of kickboxing in the afternoon and ran another 6km in the evening.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Then someone introduced me to weightlifting and I started to realise that our bodies are amazing and that we are capable of so much more. I am now competing in Ironman triathlons, something I previously said I would never do.

You only have one body in this lifetime and you cannot swop bodies with anyone no matter how much wealth you have. Life is too short to be miserable; ditch the numbers and learn to LIVE.

 
 
 
 

Photography & Styling: Franz Navarrete, Timothy Chow, Coby Travis, Hosanna Swee.

Hair & Make Up: Airin Lee, Vicky Ang

Calligraphy: Trudy Zhang