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7 signs you’re a real Kong girl
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7 signs to tell if you're a real 'Kong girl'

Ready to meet the sassiest bunch of the city?

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Directly translated from its Chinese counterpart, ‘Kong girl’ is a local slang often used to describe Hong Kong women who may be demanding, materialistic, slightly narcissistic, and yet somewhat adorable in their own way. As strange as it may sound, there’s no shame in being a Kong girl. In fact, it’s beyond important to embrace these perfectly imperfect individuals that make up our wonderfully diverse city. And frankly speaking, we all have a little Kong girl inside of us (don’t deny it). So, are you qualified to be a true Kong girl? Read on and see how many of these peculiar quirks and habits you can tick off. By Natalie Lam

RECOMMENDED: Anyone can call themselves a Hongkonger, but these 11 signs of a real Hongkonger will separate the fakes from the real deal. 

7 signs you're a real 'Kong girl'

Camera always eats first
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Camera always eats first

To be fair, it’s not just Kong girls who feel the need to take photos of everything they eat; they just have a different standard. You can’t just take any odd photo of your quinoa salad and call it a day. A dreamy camera filter? Check. Cute gifs for the ‘gram? Check. A not-so-casual table set up for the perfect angle? That’s a given. And don’t forget to pile on the hashtags! How else will people know you’re enjoying the finest food and be jealous of your fabulous life? All this may sound extra to some, but we get it, it’s all about remembering the moment, appreciating your food, and doing justice to those beautiful plates. That said, sometimes it can get pretty annoying if they take too long snapping pictures, especially when someone’s starving and waiting to dig in!

Selfie with the 10 Kong girl hand poses (港女十式)
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Selfie with the 10 Kong girl hand poses (港女十式)

Posing is a no-brainer to any true Kong girl. No matter alone or with friends, they never feel lost when taking selfies. If you’re a selfie noob, take a cue from these 10 classic Kong girl poses and ditch the boring old ‘V’ sign you’ve grown so comfortable with. Start with holding up one finger and poke at your cheek, or pretend you have a toothache and cup one side of your face in your palm, and you’re feeling adventurous, hold up two ‘V’ signs instead of one. Whatever number you can gesture with your hands going from one to 10, you can always turn it into a selfie pose.

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Photoshop is essential before images go public
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Photoshop is essential before images go public

Photography 101: retouching is crucial to a perfect image. While photoshopping images is nothing new, especially for photographers, some girls take it a lot more seriously than others. A little airbrushing here and some skin-whitening magic there, and you can say goodbye to every pimple, wrinkle, and dark circles on your face. These girls know their stuff when it comes to image retouching, and sometimes it may take hours to touch up everything. A word of advice though, don’t even think about posting a photo of them without letting them check and retouch the image first, or you’ll never hear the end of it.

You never leave the house without makeup
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You never leave the house without makeup

There are many reasons behind Kong girls’ makeup obsession. Some feel beautiful and empowered by glamming up; others can’t bear not looking their best all the time, while some simply love experimenting with cosmetics. No matter what the reason is, one thing’s for sure – these girls always hit the streets feeling like a damn queen.

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You’re always up an octave
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You’re always up an octave

Sure, Hong Kong has some of the busiest and noisiest streets in the world. But above all noises, you’re always bound to hear a few Kong girls squealing in merriment, whether it’s bumping into a friend they haven’t seen for a long time or discovering a cockroach that’s just inches away from their feet. Yes, it can be annoying, especially when you’re not in the mood. But hey, who can blame them when you see a cute corgi strut by with their perfectly fluffy, round bottoms? Awww!

You’re constantly scouting the most ‘grammable spots
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You’re constantly scouting the most ‘grammable spots

Home to some of the most beautiful architecture, vibrant street art, and photogenic landscapes, Hong Kong is a city built for Instagram. And of course, Kong girls would never waste any opportunity to curate their IG feed that everyone envies. That’s why these dedicated social media mavens have always kept an eagle eye on all the most Insta-worthy spots in town – pay a visit to one of the best photo spots in the city, and we guarantee you’ll find a couple of Kong girls snapping away for the ‘gram! Here’s a pro Kong girl tip: Never look directly into the camera when the picture is being taken so you can have that desirable candid shot.

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You always tell little ‘white’ lies when being late
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You always tell little ‘white’ lies when being late

If you’ve been out with a Kong girl before, you’d know better than to blindly believe what they say when they’re running late. Because things like ‘I’m heading out the door right now’, probably means they’ve just got out of bed, and ‘I’m just around the corner’, is code for ‘I just got in the taxi’. So, the next time they tell you they’re just ‘putting their shoes on right now’, go ahead and find the nearest coffee shop and settle down. Because they’ve probably just decided to re-do their makeup for the third time, or are still digging through their closet for the perfect outfit. 

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