Gok bares all at public lecture at Millennium Point in Birmingham 

“One day when you’re lying on your deathbed, what will you be thinking? Worrying about how you look or whether you made the most out of life?” were the wise words of fashion guru Gok Wan at a Birmingham City University City Talk, held at Millennium Point’s Auditorium this week. 

In an interview with investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas, Gok shared some of his most personal life experiences, including his childhood struggles battling obesity and anorexia, and how he overcame schoolyard bullies to rise to fame as one of the nation’s best loved fashion stylists.

I struggle with anorexia every day – it’s like a parasite that won’t go away. Realising it doesn’t go away is the biggest weapon” 

When I was being bullied I wished the bullies a terrible fate. But now, over time, I’ve forgiven them as without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.

In order to get through the dark times you need to remember that life is short and therefore you really need to focus on the good stuff. The little things that worry you are those that will ultimately fuel your success.

Gok shared his wise words with the City Talk audience and gave his own tips on body  confidence, arguing that age should never dictate how you look, dress and feel.

Identity is really important and it’s not something that should be overlooked. Have a relationship with the mirror and understand your reflection. Ultimately it’s all about the confidence.  Fix that and you can fix everything.

When asked about his biggest fear in life he admitted, “I’m petrified of feeling unsuccessful.  I’ve never said that before.”

Gok received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University last September, and ‘Dr Gok: from catwalk to City Talk kicked off the 2015 City Talk Series.  For information on upcoming events please visit bcucitytalks.eventbrite.co.uk.

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