6 things Aunty Gok told me that you need to know now

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 61 Comments

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Gok Wan loves bangers.

I mean really loves them. And, no, I’m not talking about the variety that is served with mash.

I’m talking about boobies, bosies, breasts. He can’t get enough of them.

Which is why no-one bats an eyelid when he removes his specs and dives head first into the very over-sized bangers of a mum, who’s willingly stepped up on stage at his live show last week at Westfield Chermside.

“Are you her daughters?” he asks the girls back in the audience.

“You need to look away now because Aunty Gok is going to do something you will NEVER want to remember.”

This woman is not the first to offer up her “bangers” to Gok and she won’t be the last.

For an out and proud “gay boy” who currently doesn’t have a boyfriend but is “interviewing and auditioning”, there were no shortage of women in the crowd willing to put their bodies on the line for the chance to be Gokked.

Gok Wan works his magic on the crowd at Westfield Chermside

Gok Wan works his magic on the crowd at Westfield Chermside

Don’t worry, being Gokked isn’t rude (well, unless he does the boob dive), it won’t hurt and you’re guaranteed to feel like a superstar afterwards.

Now, if I lost you back at Gok who?, Gok is a UK celebrity stylist, author and TV host who has built a following on making women feel good about themselves by dressing them in clothes designed for their shape, all the while having a laugh and a play.

Watching him live in action, it’s clear if this styling gig ever gets too much, you’re just as likely to find him working as a stand-up comedian. He’s that funny. A warning though, he’s a big fan of dropping an f-bomb or six.

Was the audience concerned? Not one bit.

Hundreds rocked up to see Aunty Gok in action – and eight lucky women, from a 15-year-old school girl to a 60-year-old grandmother, will be talking about their Gokking for years to come.

The eight lucky women who were Gokked

The eight lucky women who were Gokked by Aunty Gok and the backstage team of Rae Morris (makeup), Sarah Laidlaw (hair) and Thuy Bui (styling)

Genesis gets Gokked

Genesis wanted more colour 

Heather wanted an updated look

Heather wanted an updated look

Tash wanted more style focus

Tash wanted more style focus

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6 things Gok told me that you need to know now

1.  Get the girls out there.  “If you’ve got a big old pair of boys, you’ve got to get them out. If you hide them, you will always be embarrassed about them.  You need a good bra. They need to be around your ears. You want to nip in the waist and go with anything that’s going to cradle those girls of love.”

2. Know your body shape. Check out The Westfield Body Shape Calculator – just key in your bust, waist and hip measurements and you’ll instantly know what shape you are. “Just don’t put in one measurement for one side (of your boobs) and another for the other or it will tell you you’re a mango.”

3. Have an honest relationship with your mirror. “Forget the clothes, forget the accessories.  It means nothing if you don’t have a positive and honest relationship with your mirror. You don’t have to love everything but just know who you are. Love as many bits as possible.”

4. Heels are dramatic. “I like a heel. If you can’t walk in them get a taxi! When you bring someone out on stage, they are instantly walking more upright.  If you put them in flats you don’t get that kind of drama.”

5. We all shouldn’t aim to look the same. “If there was one thing (that everyone should be wearing) we’d become a homogenised community of clones of people, which is really boring. It’s communism when it comes to fashion. We want to celebrate creativity and individuality.”

6. Sports sandals (jandals) should be banned. “What is it with Australian men and sports sandals? The faux-bottom sandals with 75 straps around them. They are the work of the devil.”

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The interview

After the show, Gok and I sat down to chat for a super quick Styling You TV video interview (see below or click here). We talked Aussie women’s style, how mums should find their own look, why jandals should be banned and his sell-out supermarket range of clothes at UK store, Sainsbury’s. Oh, and did I mention he’s a big fan of the European double kiss?  Lovely. I think that’s something Australian’s should adopt.

Nikki Parkinson and Gok Wan

Me and Gok. I’m wearing Country Road dress, Salita Matthews necklace and my hair was styled by Suite Three

Are you a huge Aunty Gok fan? What do you love about him? Have you seen him do a live show at Westfield? 

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  1. Nikki, I’m so jealous you got to meet Gok!!!

    I’ve been a huge fan of him for ages. I love his work.

    You lucky thing…

    BTW – Why are you calling thongs, jandals? We’re Aussies, not Kiwis 🙂

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  2. Loved this!! Love Gok!! Am a huge fan, love his books too. So is his show on TV there? Hope so!!

    Shame I don’t have sound on my computer, I know I would have loved that video. x

  3. I’ve only just discovered Gok on foxtel and I’m obsessed! He’s so lovely and warm and sweet. Great interview – I think it’s great that he doesn’t have a ‘prescription’ for what women should wear – that they need to take into account all the factors in their life and then use that to express their individuality. Awesome interview. And just quietly, you look AMAZING! That colour is gorgeous on you!

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      Thanks Jacki – I’m a little addicted to orange right now! And yes, I love that he doesn’t want everyone to look the same – it’s the same when I’m working with styling clients – they’re personality comes first and that needs to be expressed in what they wear.

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  4. No…not been Goked but I’d love to be! How amazing are those women to get up and face the crowd. Fabulous interview Nikki…he is so warm and natural. The ‘get to love your body in the mirror’ tip is #1 for me too. Confidence is everything and it has to start from within. Getting up close and personal with yourself is best way for that to happen. #2…being an individual….yey! Find you and celebrate you! If I could add one it would be to Experiment and Have a Go. If at first you don’t succeed…try an try again. It’s worth it. Go Gok! A:)

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  5. Hi Nikki,that was such fun to watch!You and Aunty Gok look fabulous together!I lurrve your new Salita Matthews btw..It’s gorgeous,and your hair looks great!!
    I’m loving you and Gok to bits on this,He’s fabulous isn’t he?I just loved the way you brought out the inner Aussie in him!Did i imagine it,or did I hear Maria and shoes in the same sentence?….lol

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  6. I LOVE Aunty Gok eversince I watched his programme ‘How to look good naked’ on cable a few years back. He’s just such a natural at making women feel good about themselves. I missed out on meeting him this Saturday which is such a bummer. But I hope he comes back again! 🙂

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  7. Great post and interview Nikki. I was all set to see him at Garden City but something came up. I was so disappointed. I was planning it for ages. Both hubby (biggest bogan there is) and I love him. He’s just so down to earth and truly sincere with all the people he makes over. Thank goodness for Foxtel and repeats so we can watch him all the time on “How to Look Good Naked” and “Gok’s Fashion Fix”.

    Anne xx

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  8. OMG!!! Yes i am such a groupie fan so to say (well GOK) fan you know 😛
    Anyway miss C and i went to wetfield southland and we watched his live show that was awesome as!!! Everytime he was looking for someone ,Miss C would point to me and yell (PICK MY MUM) GOK! I nearly died cos he looked at me and said your mum doesnt want to be picked cos she has her face covered lol… (i did too) i was all red like a beetroot like a school girl hahaha. Darn it i should have just said *what the hell* and just walked on stage but didn;t ;-( Next time.
    If i was a bloke i would date him honest he is hot! xx

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  9. I’m a Self-confessed Gok fan. My hubby reckons he’s a closet hetro cause he loves boobs so much…lol. I love Gok because he is all about improving the self-esteem of those he touches. Still haven’t had the chance to see him in person. Maybe next time I’ll get to one of his shows. Would love to get a Gok makeover…

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  10. Just love Aunty Gok! Have you seen the documentary he made about teenagers struggling with their weight? Inspirational – he was overweight and bullied as a teenager and came through it a strong person. He does have all the credentials to preach about loving the body we have. I am very jealous that you met him.

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      Nicky, I haven’t seen it but need to. He does talk about his teenage years in a joking way but you really do get that his advice comes from his personal experience – that’s why girls from 15-65 were lining up to be Gokked!

  11. You forgot the golden question “Will you come and make over my friend Miss Pink?”
    Gosh.
    Lol.
    I am so so jealous. Seriously. Gok seems like such a fun person to be around.

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  12. Fab! Fab! Fab! Gok can dive into my 18DD Bangers anyday (good luck trying to get out, though!!) Being Gokked is definitely one of the top things to do on my Bucket List. How charming is he? And Nikki, you looked a Million Dollars. LOVED your turquoise ring. Thanks for sharing your lovely Gok experience with us all. xxx

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  13. I haven’t heard of Aunty Gok before, but I definitely like what I see :). And yeah, it is true! Heels add drama big time! I wish I could wear my high heeled shoes again…

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  14. I was going to say exactly what you did, Nikki…. I love how he makes women feel about themselves regardless of their size, and challenges the ideal shape often promoted by the fashion industry! (Just as your blog does!)

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      Thanks Stephanie – it’s refreshing and it really was wonderful to see him in action making every one of those women (and the others who just came on stage – not to be made over) feel fabulous.

  15. I love Aunty Gok, I have been watching his show on fox How to look good naked for a while now. I love that he is so positive and points out all the good bits and how to hide the not so good bits. I was lucky to see him live at Eastgardens shopping centre last week.

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  16. Great report! I don’t know him that well as not many of his shows are shown here in Singapore, but I always enjoy him when I do get a chance to watch. Sounds like a great event. Mr Gok, when you’re ever in Singapore let me know!

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  17. I adore Gok. I love how he reaffirms women of all shapes and sizes. And that he loves boobs so much. 🙂

    His show has made me focus on the great parts of my body and accept the bits I can’t change.

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  18. I do like aunti gok but really he good have picked some ladies to dress that would have been a bit more challenging than 3 tall modle like bean polls…

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  19. I love Gok – my religion on facebook is down as the gospel according to Gok.
    What he says is so true, and he manages to make all women feel a little better about themselves.

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  20. I’m so sad I wasnt able to see Gok last week so thanks for the interview.

    My daughter managed to see him down in Sydney Eastgardens and asked him for advice on fashionable covered in shoes for working backstage (shes a theatre production student) he was stumped for ideas sadly so I guess shes stuck with her eminently practical but dull black laceups.

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  21. Hi Nicki –

    WAY too much fun!

    Back to the content – with regard to ‘retail clothes’ in supermarkets – ALDI have been doing clothes ‘in supermarket’ for years now – ever since launch in AUS – i didnt think it was so ‘new’ –

    Just a thought

    cheers

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  22. Oh I love Gok! You can’t help but love him. Great interview Nikki.

    My older brother even loves the show. My brother is not into fashion at all and resists change but my sister and I have wanted to give him a makeover for such a long time. When he said he liked Gok’s show I knew we could convince him to come shopping with us. Thanks to Gok my brother bought new clothes! A fashion miracle!

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  23. Yay you! Great interview with Gok. I would love him to work some magic on my ‘bangers’. I’ve been carrying around more than my fair share all my life, and have only now started to come to terms with them! Even after two kids, I’ve finally realised they’re not going anywhere!

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