I love that I don’t fit the ideal standard of beauty and that my beauty is all natural. I think in this day and age, everyone is so focused on their exterior and trying to achieve perfection through plastic surgery, injections, etc, instead of working with what they have and focusing on their inner beauty. I am aware of my imperfections and I embrace them and I think every woman should do that. Confidence is sexy.
Who is Michelle Chea?
I am a goofy, corny, sarcastic, 24-year-old, newlywed that recently graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. I grew up in El Paso, Texas with both my parents and I’m first generation American since my father was born in Liberia and my mother, who is half Chinese, was born in Mexico. I enjoy the simple things in life and always look at bright side of things.
Tell us about your YouTube-channel Naturally Chea?
Being that my mother does not have the same hair texture as me, I didn’t really know how to properly care and manage my curly mane so I turned to good ole YouTube to solve my problem when I got older. Since I learned so much by watching various naturalistas, I decided to contribute and share my knowledge with other curly heads that may be in the same place I once was. You’ve got to learn, grow, and share your knowledge to keep cycle going. You can expect to see hair tutorials, natural hair care, and product reviews on my YouTube channel, NaturallyChea (no space).
How would you describe your inner beauty?
I would describe my inner beauty as kind, compassionate, selfless, and very down to earth. I like to joke around a lot because sometimes we all need a good laugh so we can lighten up a little bit. I’m a pretty funny person, or at least I think I am but my husband will tell you otherwise!
What do you love about your beauty?
I love that I don’t fit the ideal standard of beauty and that my beauty is all natural. I think in this day and age, everyone is so focused on their exterior and trying to achieve perfection through plastic surgery, injections, etc, instead of working with what they have and focusing on their inner beauty. I am aware of my imperfections and I embrace them and I think every woman should do that. Confidence is sexy. I like being a curvy woman,and I love my brown skin and big, curly hair. I am aware of my GINORMOUS forehead and am okay with it, I think it perfectly matches with my big head!
What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
I love the versatility of my hair. It can take a different curl pattern simply depending on the type of brush that I use, what products I use in it, or even the manner in which I brush it. It’s truly amazing!
What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
PATIENCE- Curly hair requires a lot of maintenance especially when it comes to detangling! Take your time, show your hair some love and be gentle with her. If you’re just starting your hair journey or are trying to reach a certain length, remember it doesn’t grow over night so be patient and enjoy the process.
Switch to all natural hair products, it can really make a difference in the health of your hair. Products with harsh chemicals can really weigh down and dry your curls out and nobody likes a bad hair day.
Minimal heat- Try using little, to no heat on your hair so that you don’t experience heat damage and lose your curl pattern. Remember, you DON’Thave to have straight hair in order to be beautiful and feel sexy. If you are planning on using a flat iron, try using a heat-less method to stretch your hair first so you can reduce the heat.
What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
I don’t recommend getting your hair relaxed because there can be some dangerous effects of perming your hair.
Don’t compare your hair to someone else’s. Love the curl pattern you were born with and don’t wish to have somebody else’s hair. With that being said, the products that work for one person, may not work for you so it is a trial and error process.
Don’t shampoo your hair everyday so you don’t strip your hair of its natural oils. Try co-washing (conditioner washing) instead if you tend to get a lot of product build up.
Four years ago, Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in her perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I agree, I see it more as a movement than a trend because the natural hair community is a very tight knit community where everyone has one common goal: to promote positivity, self love, and embrace your natural roots.
There has been a lot of discussions about why there most be one type of ideal beauty. Since 2013 the ideal of woman’s body is to look strong and therefore the new ideal of beauty is ”Strong is the new skinny”. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is pro-health and believes that working-out is the best medicine you can give to your body and soul. But some women misunderstand the ideal and work out too much that they hurt themselves. Instead of taking a break to let their injury fully heal; they take pills to counteract the injury to sustain their work out in fear of gaining weight! What are your thoughts about today’s attitude of the ”new” ideal of body?
I love the fact that more and more women aren’t afraid to touch the weights in fear of looking ‘bulky’ and manly. Muscles on a woman are sexy! I’m just glad that curves on a woman are becoming more and more accepted and we are getting away from women having to be stick skinny because it will reduce the chances of women developing life threatening eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. Of course, it’s never healthy or safe for anyone to become so obsessed over their body that they risk their health, so make sure you take the time to listen to your body if you’re pushing yourself too hard and need to take a couple of days off.
How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
Oh man, don’t get me started on working out! I take a moment of silence almost everyday before the gym because I KILL my workouts haha! I like to wear my Texas Chainsaw Massacre t-shirt when I’m getting ready to MURDER the gym bahaha! (Told ya’ll I was corny)… I love working out and lifting weights. I push some serious iron 3-6 days out the week depending on the workout plan I’m on. I’ve actually bench pressed 145lbs before so I can keep up with the boys. I feel that everyone should workout or at least do something active like going outside to play with their children, or taking their dog for a walk on a daily basis for 20-45 minutes. If not everyday, at least try to squeeze a workout in 3-5 days out of the week. When you exercise, you end up feeling better and it’s a great stress reliever.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion has started the Healthy movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2015, where we want to inspire women around the world to set goals for achieving healthy hair, healthy body and healthy soul(inner beauty) this year of 2015. If you would like to join the movement what would your goals be to achieve
- Healthier body
- Healthier hair
- Healthier soul (inner beauty)
this year of 2015?
My goals for a healthier body and soul in 2015 will be to clean up my diet because I love food and have a big sweet tooth, and to continue to love and accept people for who they are.
In which social media can one follow you?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Be YOU! We are all beautiful in our own individual ways so don’t try to be like somebody else and don’t compare your life to anybody else’s. Also, don’t get caught up on social media and forget to live your life because you were too busy watching someone else live theirs.
Interview by: Versatility Beauty&Fashion