"People in the media here (Tokyo) expect girls to be happy and cute and positive, and I hated that. I was so frustrated with it because it didn’t feel like me. It was hard to make friends and to work here because I constantly felt like I was compromising some part of myself. Now I feel like Instagram and working in the states is helping me build a public image that feels true to me. But it’s definitely hard and can be very isolating to constantly feel like you’re acting, or you’re not being you. It’s ok to not be perfect all the time. I like to dress up sometimes and whatever, but it’s ok to be EMO, to feel down. You don’t have to be happy." Lauren Tsai

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