Why did you decide to start No Labels?
I’ve always been into fashion and I like designing clothes — you know how I designed my mum’s Star Awards red carpet dresses? I’ve always been into designing and wanted to start my own fashion line, but I never thought of being like Chanel or like, YSL — I don’t need to be a big brand. All I want is something like a small empire of my own where I can sell things that I design.
And you know how in our industry, people always give you a label? Like, ‘Oh she’s a sweet and cute girl’… Yeah. I’ve always been against this and I want the things that I design to represent me. What represents me the most is that I hate labels so the reasoning behind the name No Labels was really quite simple.
Why do labels bother you so much?
Honestly, it used to bother me when they called me an actress and forget that I’m also a singer, designer and so on. But after that, I stopped minding it because I’m doing all these and getting paid as an actress so I should accept the label that they give me. At least I know that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
It also helps that they don’t say that I’m so-and-so’s daughter, and I’m just my own person.
I believe that anyone can be anything they want. Just because I look like this, it doesn’t mean that I have to be cute, beautiful or sweet all the time. I can be salty or bitter too. (Laughs)
If you had no choice but to pick a label for yourself, what would it be?
In China, they sometimes call me quan neng nu shen (literally translated to 'all-round goddess') which my company came up with and I’m more accepting of because it means that I can do anything. But come to think of it, it doesn’t really translate well in English. Being an all-rounder just doesn’t have the same ring to it. (Laughs)
If I see something like cutie pie or adorable I’ll just be like ‘Eww’. (Chuckles) Likewise, if they say I’m an idol, that’s just no.