What’s your Instagram name? And why?
My Instagram is @m0kak
How do you feel about social media?
I was born in 1999, so social media and technology has always been so accessible to me. By the time I was 12 years old, I had my own Instagram. Social media has been a really great way for me to connect with others, see what's happening and express myself to a certain extent. On the other hand, it really has negatively impacted my mental health and wellbeing.
Sometimes I get so caught up in what others are doing, what they look like and how happy they must be being so attractive and beautiful. It's a pretty vicious cycle and it really comes in phases for me. One day I'll be feeling myself and not give a shit about what anyone thinks about me or how my body looks, and other day's I will beat myself up for not looking like the pretty girls on Instagram.
What’s a regular day like for you?
This is my gap year and all I'm really focusing on is saving to go travelling to Europe and Japan this Saturday actually! A regular day for me is work 9 - 5, eat dinner and sleep lol. My weekends are always free and that's my time to hang out with my friends and catch up.
What ethnicity are you?
I am quite the mix really. On my Dad's side I am Aboriginal and Malaysian. And on Mum's I am English and Swedish.
What is something you wish people knew about your culture?
Wow whats something I would want people to know about Indigenous culture. That's a big question. Well firstly, 'Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land'. Indigenous people have had a traumatic history, and although it was hundreds of years ago, that trauma is still being carried with us, it's called 'Intergenerational Trauma'. This hasn't stopped us from being the strong, proud, intelligent, talented and deadly culture we are.
When do you spend the most time in your underwear and what are you doing?
Usually when I get home from work, the first thing I have to do is get in comfy underwear and clothing. I can't stand feeling uncomfortable in clothing.
How do you feel about your body right now and what’s the difference in how you felt about your body five years ago?
How do I feel about my body right now? That's a tricky question. To be honest I'm not 100% comfortable and satisfied with how I look. But I'm okay with that, because I know that when I am content and happy with things and my mental health is going well, I will love the way my body looks and feels.
How does Prebared underwear make you feel?
When I wear prebared, I couldn't stop telling you how comfortable I was. The fabric is so stretchy and breathable. I'm a 12-14DD and the medium fit me perfectly. During the shoot, I honestly felt really beautiful and confident in prebared.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I've been listening to a lot of Lauryn Hill. Especially her song 'To Zion'. Spend some time listening to the lyrics, she's fucking amazing.
What offends you the most?
Something that offends me and so much, is when people use the term 'abo', or refer to me as an 'abo' instead of aboriginal. It's a disgusting and derogatorily term that is sadly and unsurprisingly used too much today. I've heard people refer to me as an 'abo' plenty of times, and the most disgusting part is people think it's okay to use that word.
How do you feel about body hair?
Body hair is beautiful. Being a women at my age there's a lot of pressure to keep body hair to minimum. I shave and wax sometimes, but I completely understand why others don't and let their hair be free - waxing/laser hair removal is expensive and shaving takes time and effort.
What sexuality do you identify with and what has that journey been like?
I am straight.
Who is your role model?
My biggest role models would be my mum and dad. I went through a dark time during college (year 11 and 12 in ACT). I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and would often use self harm as a coping mechanism. There were times when I felt so low and trapped that was so close to giving up on my life, and things didn't seem worth living at all. Without my parents I would not be here today. Their endless support to get me through year 12, stop self harming and improve my mental health made me believe that everything I previously thought wasn't, was all worth it again.
Words by Maya Mokak
With love from Prebared Xx