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creative direction SHINI PARK photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT created for CALVIN KLEIN
Top – Calvin Klein. Bag – Calvin Klein. Jeans – Zara

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“My superpower? Awkward.”
“What’s awkward?”
“No, that’s my superpower. Inducing awkwardness.”
*awkward silence*
“Okay.”

At the start of a recent phone interview I was dealt this ice-breaker question, which – for all means and purposes – I wrecked. I basically GLUED TOGETHER any ice at this point and the rest of the interview was downhill from there. When I was 14 this would have brought me to hot tears, and would have faltered in my full skinny, gawky glory. Believe me, I had the full set: the braces, the cheap glasses and a social aptitude that of a blind mosquito.

However, from a certain point in my life I started being able to use this awkwardness to my advantage – accidentally at first – and found it the most exhilarating superpower in my arsenal (right next to being sexay). It wasn’t easy to hone, probably because you can’t hone it – I’m still awkward AF, but when used right it’s magic. It’s a truth serum at times, and in others, a douchebag survival tactic. (Asking “are you poor?” with genuine concern works EVERY TIME) (However, this has now morphed into a bit of a running joke on Snapchat @Sparkncube)

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Dress – Charlie May. Leather Trousers – Calvin Klein Jeans Capsule. Bag – Calvin Klein.

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I suspect that this is one of the reasons why I was drawn to this Calvin Klein pony-hair number so much. Its slightly awkward size and shape is reminiscent of my past (and admittedly still, present), but flaunts its personality and functionality in the way it knows best. In simple terms, this bag fits everything (including a proper book, for once) and goes with practically anything. Even douchebags like me.

Top – Calvin Klein. Bag – Calvin Klein. Jeans – Zara

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  2. Awesome bag!!!

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  3. A brilliant post as always x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  4. Very inspiring article Shini! I truly love your awkwardness. I think it is often the case, that our awkawardness or even our weakness, can become our biggest blessing, when we learn, how to use it well. Hard work combines with genuine originality (awkwardness) make us special.

    Daniela

  5. I feel the awkwardness – I was a very awkward kid for most of my school years.. I was a bit awkward when I came to university too. I think I only really figured out how to use my awkwardness to my advantage recently (Even though it makes me feel like Chandler sometimes)

    I love this bag – the colour is beautiful and I’m excited that it fits a whole book because I like to carry my notebook and organiser with me everywhere.. (old school.. I know)

    x
    Shloka
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  8. On point!

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  9. Hola, Shini.
    Inducir a la torpeza o incomodidad es siempre efectiva.
    Incluso es un escudo de protección.
    Me gusta mucho tu sarcasmo como tus posts.
    Siempre sorprendente.

    Saludos desde Ecuador.

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  10. Douchebag, awkward and sexay.. U on Tinder? Think you might be my soulmate <3

  11. I love love love those jeans!

    xx

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  12. But I guess you could also chalk it up to “quirkiness”…?

    I wish I could make my awkwardness turn into a superpower as well. That could make me, an introvert, a hit at any party, I should think.

    I’ve never ever seen someone voicing out the question “Are you poor?” out loud, everrr, but I think I’d really like to see you execute it…

    PS: Want that bag.

    XO, Liyana
    | Affordorable

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  15. Love the post, writing and the photos!
    Have a happy new year :)

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  16. awkwardenss is cool. anyone that doesn’t agree is just jealous. because you make awkwardness so chic, in turn it makes it a superpower. simples
    Jb // xx