4 New Generation Malaysian Artists You Should Really Get To Know

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4. Catherhea Teoh

 

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Catherhea, popularly known as Dreamersrehab on Instagram, is a portrait photographer who draws attention to the underrepresented communities in Malaysia. Her photos connect to an audience who can see themselves as the subjects, creating a sense of community and acceptance while challenging the stereotypical norms of beauty.

“I know what it’s like to have never seen people that look like you in magazines. You’ll always feel like you need to be less of you and more of what they want; slimmer, fairer, prettier.” She says, “I want people to look at pictures of themselves and say, ‘Wow’. You deserve to be in the moment, to embrace however you are right now, take up space, and feel whole.”

 

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badd brown gals (4/4): brown girls who are taking charge of their own autonomy regardless of the persecution by society and those within their own community (swipe right for cute surprise!) ▪️ “Seven strong, empowered women with skin dipped in different beautiful shades of chocolate. We are brown. We are badd. We don’t conform to your standards of how we should be according to ancient, backwards societal standards. Instead we are who we want to be, from career-driven to pro-choice to being bold and strong to wearing whatever the hell we want to being confident and happy with who we are and to many more. To those who think we are supposed to be good indian girls – quiet, submissive, conservative. I say go back to the stone ages because we are here to stay, to grow and to dominate. 💅 It’s 2019. Time to take the trash out. (Yes. That misogynistic double standards you are clinging onto, uncle and aunty. It’s time to dispose of that mentality.)” — Kaveeta (@_kaveetanair) ▪️ assisted by @thavinyajazlyn and @z3rography ▪️ #photography #fashion #portrait #art #style #girlgaze #streetdreamsmag #ny #la #london #asian #beauty #desi #praisintheasian #sleepwear #lingerie #sleepover #slumberparty #girlsnight #bff #bestfriend #sisters #browngirls #plussizefashion #curvy #curls #fatshionista #effyourbeautystandards #desigirls #pursuitofportraits @asiangirlsunited @tinted @vogueindia @simran @pursuitofportraits

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Catherhea believes that the uniqueness in her work is mainly represented by the models that she shoots. In one of her recent projects entitled, ‘The Thique Clique: Get down with the thicc-ness’ she showcases plus-size models of various skin tones and ethnicities in their swimsuits, disrupting the usual expectations of the ‘ideal’ female body. Her work has gained her recognition on online platforms locally and internationally alike.

 

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