Author, presenter, fashion expert and a girl's best friend, Gok Wan is this week's pretty stylish person. With two fashion bibles under his belt; How to Dress: Your Complete Style Guide and How to Look Good Naked, plus the TV show Fashion Fix, his mission to help women look and feel in vogue has been by no means an easy feat, but he's gradually helping us to win the battle against our own body hang-ups.
I like the fact that the he knows exactly what he's talking about, having had his own body issues. At the age of 20, Gok was 21 stone and had been bullied as a child for being overweight and rather ignorantly, his mixed race heritage. But the boy's done good now, having shed the extra pounds and proven to himself and those who doubted him that he is fabulous.
What impresses me is that even with Gok achieving his ideal body, he hasn't gone on to promote the fashion industry's 'stick thin' mentality nor does he condone obesity. He encourages, so that whatever stage you're at, whether you're dealing with being a little too voluptuous or you're completely happy at your size, he explains how to make your body shape work for you.
So when he's giving women a pep talk, telling them how gorgeous they are and teaching them the secrets to looking good, I'm not of the cynical opinion that it's all too sickly sweet. Being a woman that can easily fluctuate from a UK size 10 to a 12, I too share some of the same hang-ups as the women on his show and I think he does a great job in educating us that we can look and feel good whatever size you are. Ultimately, his work is about achieving the feel good factor. I'm so look forward to the new season of Fashion Fix.
Q&A with Gok
Fashion Guru Wan will be judging the 2009 Spectacle Wearer of the Year, and as part of the competition, he's on hand to answer any style advice and questions the online fashion community, has via the Specsavers facebook page. Check it out here.
Gok's Timeless Tips for Summer