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Model Mia Kang reveals how Muay Thai saved her life from anorexia

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Weak with hunger and weighing just 98 pounds, frail model Mia Kang collapsed into the arms of a stranger after a pervert followed her through the streets of Milan.

The creep, who had been pleasuring himself during the pursuit, backed off when the good Samaritan yelled at him in Italian. But the 2006 incident left Kang a wreck.

“I just wanted to go home, lock the door, get in bed and stay there,” recalls the 5-foot-9 Sports Illustrated beauty in her memoir “Knockout” (Abrams Books, out Oct. 20).

Fourteen years later, if the same thing happened, the sex pest might well be sipping his food through a straw. A much healthier Kang is a force to be reckoned with now that she combines modeling with professional Thai fighting.

“I wouldn’t advise charging at a man who is trying to come after you, but I would be far more confrontational,” the 31-year-old told The Post. “I don’t take s–t and I am not intimidated.

“I walk around with a confidence that makes me feel like a different person.”

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Mia Kang’s bookCourtesy

In fact, recovering anorexic Kang credits Muay Thai with saving her life.

“Without it, I think I would have spiraled further down into my eating disorders and depression,” said the Hong Kong-born Manhattan resident, who was bullied for being overweight as a child. “It opened a door for me and threw me a lifeline.”

Kang discovered the sport in 2016 — the same year she won the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search contest — at a time when she was starving herself to fit into size 2 clothes for high-profile fashion clients.

A succession of liquid-only diets plus the misuse of laxatives, diuretics and cigarettes took a toll on her mind and body. In her book, she admits to “suicidal thoughts,” wondering whether killing herself was the only escape from the “vicious cycle” of restricting and bingeing.

Thankfully, a 10-day vacation in Thailand altered Kang’s trajectory. She was intrigued after watching a group of Muay Thai fighters in action. She tried it for herself, leading her to stay on Koh Samui for six months working out at a no-frills gym on the island.

“How you look when you are training is the last thing on anybody’s mind,” said Kang, who was desperate for a break from her appearance-led industry. “It’s all about skill and knowledge. You check your ego at the door.”

Another bonus: She found it impossible to find the strength to fight without changing her destructive eating habits. Her weight stabilized after she ate “balanced meals” that were “in accordance to the physical activity I was doing every day.” As a result, she grew into a more sustainable size 4 to 6.

Mia Kang training in Thailand
Mia Kang training in ThailandCourtesy of Mia Kang

Explaining the lure of fighting, Kang added: “When I’m modeling, I feel like I am treated so preciously and delicately. People say: ‘Just sit in the chair and nobody touch her.’ With martial arts, it’s the complete opposite as you go through the journey of getting beaten up and then picking yourself back up again.”

Not surprisingly, the bigwigs at Kang’s modeling agency found it difficult to accept her newfound obsession with Muay Thai. Kang’s face was her fortune, and the risk of injury was high.

However, in May 2017, they allowed her to compete professionally in the ring against experienced Thai fighter Nong B. Despite a pounding, during which she suffered a deep cut under her eye, the model emerged victorious.

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Mia KangBrian Zak/NYPost

“I didn’t work for about three to four weeks, but I factored that into my scheduling when I took the fight,” Kang said. “I was mentally prepared for more serious injuries like a broken limb or concussion, so I was quite pleased with my post-fight condition.”

She pointed out that, since modeling is generally such a short-lived career, she feels she shouldn’t ever turn down jobs in favor of martial arts. But she added, “A massive part of my heart wants to be in the ring. It’s tough!”

As far as the mentality of a fighter is concerned, Kang said that the inclination to survive at all costs is “primal.”

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“Instinct kicks in, because [the opponent] is really trying to take your head off and there is this realization of: ‘OK, she’s trying to kill me. I need to kill her,’ ” she said.

Now a size 8 to 10 and weighing around 170 pounds, the singleton is temporarily living on Phuket and training in a jujitsu program. Her Muay Thai career and modeling assignments are on hold because of COVID-19 and the resulting worldwide travel bans.

Yet Kang remains optimistic about a future she once feared she might not see. “There were times in the midst of my eating disorders when I thought, ‘This is how life is going to be, and it’s exhausting.’ But it’s no longer this all-consuming thing,” she said.

Mia Kang as a child
Mia Kang as a childCourtesy

“I’m so lucky to still be modeling at the age of 31 while practicing martial arts. I want everybody to know there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sharing hope with others was her key motivation for writing her book. She chose to publish it this fall as the body-positivity movement grows and her social-media reach is far, with 296,000 followers on Instagram.

“There is no better feeling than being a strong and confident woman at any size,” Kang writes. “I want to help other women access their inner badass.”

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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