Bravery can manifest in many forms and during this difficult time, we’ve seen numerous acts of courage pulling people together as one. The definition of bravery can be so different yet incredibly self-defining, whether it’s standing up for what you believe in, taking a leap of faith, helping those that need it most, or conquering your fear.
To commemorate our latest August issue, which is centred around this courageous sentiment, Team BAZAAR shares our personal views of what bravery means to us.
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Kenneth Goh, Editor-In-Chief
I’ve conquered the kitchen stove but I haven’t yet dared to bake! So air cake will have to do!
Charmaine Ho, Executive Editor
Jeffrey Yan, Associate Fashion Director
Bravery is standing up and speaking out when it’s the right thing to do even if it isn’t the easiest. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s takedown of Ted Yoho in response to his abusive, misogynist remarks is a masterclass in the art of the graceful burn.
Gracia Phang, Associate Style Editor
Arissa Ha, Senior Beauty Editor
I think bravery means embracing your own struggles and having the courage to stand up for what is right, even if it means making a few enemies in the process.
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Boon Tan, Digital Director
Bravery – to me – is taking a leap of faith into a brand new unknown, and not being afraid to pick up from scratch.
Shermin Ng, Senior Digital Writer
Bravery is what frees you from fear.
Stephanie Gracia, Associate Art Director
Bravery to me means risking it all in the pursuit of what sets our hearts on fire. You feel afraid but you do it anyway. Every time we do anything that involves risk and uncertainty, that’s what we’d call being brave.
Navin Pillay, Social Media Producer
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President Trump gave coronavirus a racist and xenophobic face: the “China virus.” Hate crimes against the Asian American community escalated. Our grandmothers lit on fire, our friends burned with gasoline, our people harassed and persecuted daily. Black Americans and other minorities were disproportionately affected by the health crisis because of the lack of humanity in our “healthcare” system — all windows into the alarming disparities in this country, which this pandemic has once again illuminated. For so many of us, the coronavirus pandemic has shown us that the bitter winds of white supremacy rage on. If we can be scapegoated with abusive terms like “China virus” and dehumanized through heinous hate crimes the moment things get rough, then white America never really thought we belonged in the first place. I believe that speaking out against racism, disparities and xenophobia is the ultimate act of respect. It shows our ancestors that their hard work was not in vain, that we understand all they had to overcome, and that they sacrificed their voice so we could find ours. It is time for us to stand in solidarity with our own Asian communities, marginalised communities and especially Black communities whose sacrifices led to the civil rights and privileges we benefit from today. It is time we show America we are more than a “well-behaved” and complicit trope. Now is the time for action. We must support the Black Lives Matter movement and understand that liberation from our previously-segregated oppression is bound together and we must turn it into a collective resistance. So with that spirit, today with my #Slaysians we marched in solidarity against racism and hate towards the Asian Community. Thank you @chinamac @willlexham for organizing this inspiring #theycantburnusall march. Forever grateful xPG
Bravery to me is staying true to yourself and doing what’s right even when it’s unpopular, and especially in the face of adversity. We’re living in a time when there’s a lot of emotional and mental distress, particularly among young people. When they choose to overcome their inner demons and face the world head-on everyday is an act of bravery to me.
Margaux Levy, Contributing Digital Writer
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It is so important to take care of one another, to check in with even our strongest friends, to show up and follow up and keep the people in our lives safe. I hope every single one of you here knows just how loved, and just how strong you are, despite dealing with such heavy and haunted things. You are needed here and I hope that resonates with you on even your most difficult of days. If you have any words of advice, or kindness, for someone who might be needing a little encouragement right now, please comment it down below. It can be anything – advice on self love, moving on, anxiety, loneliness, etc – think about the words you needed to hear when you were navigating your own healing. If you yourself need to be reminded of just how many people are in your corner — read the comments. Take what you need, and know that you are not alone. To encourage you to leave some love below, I will send a few of you my second book to say thank you for spreading a bit of light here tonight — you never know who you are going to help. 💛
Bravery to me is about unapologetically living out your truth.
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