14 Questions for a Bosslady: Jiayi

9 October 2018
Bosslady Q&A - Jiayi

What is a Bosslady exactly? Well according to the urban dictionary, it is “a woman in control, taking charge of her own circumstances in work & life. Someone who knows her worth and won’t accept anything less. She is empowering and inspiring to those around her. She kicks ass!”. I’ll be meeting a different women every month to discuss fashion, self-love and ambitions to show that we can all be a bosslady whatever our appearance or background. It’s about believing in ourselves, and choosing to make our own rules or break some. These woman choose to do so.

Did you recognise her yet? Besides being one of the sweetest persons I have ever met, Jiayi is the travel blogger behind @thediaryofanomad. This 27 years old Bosslady started sharing her dreamy travel photos on Instagram for fun and now more than 53K people are following her adventures around the world. If you don’t know her yet, I invite you to discover a universe, you will not regret it. She does not have her own blog but she  writes for various travel blogs such as Dame Traveler. She is a real bosslady!


Bosslady Q&A - Jiayi

  • How would you describe your style?

I’d say my style is quite casual and laid back. I wear whatever makes me feel good and comfortable – sometimes it’s a fun splash of colours and other times it could be a long flowy dress, I just go with my mood for the day.
  • Who are your style muses? 

Honestly I don’t think I have any style muses. I do get inspiration from people-watching though – especially in fashionable places like the city centre of Rome. And sometimes I wish strangers’ clothes could come with QR codes on display that lead you straight to their shopping page – wouldn’t that be amazing?
  • What are your favourite items in your wardrobe?  

I have 2 colourful summer dresses that always make me feel happy when I’m wearing them – I just love the colours on them as one of them is yellow and magenta and the other one is purple and teal – some of my favourite colour combos. I also really like a pair of pants I have that has 50 shades of blue and lots of different designs on them – it’s not something I’d usually wear and I feel more creative and inspired when I do.
  • What are the 3 items you can’t leave home without?

Definitely my phone, Monzo card, and lately either my Nando’s or Island Poke loyalty card because I’m an addicted foodie and can never rule out not ending up in one of those two places.
  • What are your favorite brands ? 

I’m not sure I have favourite brands – my clothes come from all over the place and I can find styles that suit me from many different brands.

S E L F L O V E 

Bosslady Q&A - Jiayi
  • Tell us your journey of self love?

It’s been a very long and ongoing journey for sure. When I was in high school, I was incredibly insecure and thought that there was something seriously wrong with me. I’d overplay every social interaction I’d have in my head, point out to myself how weird and awkward I was, and tore myself down everyday. It took many many years of new experiences, putting myself out there and doing things I feared to build my confidence from zero. And I’m blessed to say that I’ve come a long way in embracing who I am and in nurturing my confidence. After all, it’s really all in your head. 
  • When do you feel the most confident? or What do you do to feel confident?

I feel most confident when I’m doing something I love. Photography, travel and swimming are three things that can always lift my spirit and make me feel good about myself. 
  • Do you dress to cover any part of your body or to show off parts of your body? 

This is an interesting one because I used to visit my family in China every summer, and whenever I’d wear a spaghetti dress or anything that shows bare shoulders or skin (summers are scorching in that part of China), I’d get a lot of judgemental looks from people because some cities there have really conservative mindsets. It made me want to cover myself up at first but then I realised that so long as I’m not disrespecting any religion or culture, I should wear whatever I want and not let society decide for me. 
  • What is the thing you’re tired of people asking you?

I grew up in Rome and have always called it home. But when I tell people that I’m from Italy, many of them don’t seem to want to accept my answer. They’d immediately ask, “…but where are you really from?”. I have no issues with people who are genuinely interested to hear my story. But when they immediately deny the fact that I’ve always felt more Italian than Chinese, and they reject my answer simply because I look a certain way – that’s when it gets frustrating. Last time I checked, I’m the one who decides where I call home, not you, random stranger 😉 


Bosslady Q&A - Jiayi
  • What does it means to you to be a Bosslady?

To stay true to myself in everything I do; to do things my own way and to not be affected by other people’s judgements. 
  • What are you most proud of? 

I’m most proud of my dedication to staying open-minded, which goes hand-in-hand with my passion for traveling and getting to know all the different cultures of the world. I love expanding my views and challenging my preconceptions about other places, and I always enjoy seeing things from new perspectives. 
  • Who are your biggest role model?

I really look up to Brandon Stanton, the man behind of Humans of New York. He managed to turn his hobby (street photography) into a project that has not only changed countless lives around the world, but he’s also making the world a smaller place simply by doing what he loves – taking photos of strangers and sharing their personal stories on his social media. I think he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for helping people lose their prejudice against countries they’ve previously deemed “dangerous” or “evil”.
  • What are your ambitions for 2018?

To continue cultivating my confidence and my passions, and to challenge myself to do things that I fear.

  • What would you like to ask me?

Who’s a Bosslady you really look up to?
Bosslady x Jiayi

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