40 Humbling & Inspirational Kevin Kreider Quotes

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Kevin Kreider is an American model, bodybuilder, and reality TV star.

Kreider is best known for appearing in the popular TV series ‘Bling Empire’ which airs on one of the biggest online movie streaming platforms, ‘Netflix’. Moreover, his role in the show marked his debut in the film industry.

As a model, Kreider is successfully signed with the well-respected agency ‘Wilhelmina New York’ and became the first Asian-American shirtless greeter at the Fifth Avenue store of the huge clothing line ‘Abercrombie and Fitch’.

Throughout his modeling and bodybuilding career, Kreider notably landed appearances in huge publications including ‘Men’s Health’ as well as widely celebrated brands ‘Gillette’ and ‘Peloton’.

Here’s a collection of the most humbling Kevin Kreider quotes:


40 Humbling & Inspirational Kevin Kreider Quotes

1. “I’m just writing and going behind the scenes more to create roles for Asian male leads, especially Korean adoptees—which is something I hope to bring to the big screen one day.” – Kevin Kreider

2. “I would tell people, yes, there’s bling. There’s people with lots of money, but it’s really about me finding my own comfort with a new group of friends that I live in this world with now.” – Kevin Kreider

3. “As for the experience, I’ve received so many messages from adoptees telling me about their stories—even my landlord.” – Kevin Kreider

4. “The producers told me that Kim Lee was looking for her biological father, and I was like ‘holy cow, that’s cool!’ Also, seeing Cherie and Christine being new mothers made me think ‘You know what, it’ll actually be nice to know who my real Asian parents are.’ So I think the cast really helped me open up to the idea of sharing my story. ” – Kevin Kreider

5. “I didn’t actually plan on sharing my story as I thought it was a cliché, and also because I love my parents and didn’t feel a need to find my birth parents.” – Kevin Kreider

6. “It was a really scary experience because who expects a whole chunk of hair falling out when you’re combing your hair? It was traumatic for me because as a model, my hair was part of my identity—which stressed me out even more.” – Kevin Kreider

7. “That’s because they don’t see the struggles I went through as a skinny, nerdy, Asian kid growing up who faced a lot of racism on the sports team—they only see the end result. So I hope the biggest takeaway for anyone watching those videos is that you get what you put out in the world.” – Kevin Kreider

8. “When I posted his (Jeremy Lin) response on my YouTube channel, so many people identified with it, and I thought ‘Okay, it seems like the world might be ready to hear this now.’ So I applied to TED with my proposed topic, they picked it up and said Go for it.” – Kevin Kreider

9. “A huge motivating factor for me was changing the narrative and perception of Asian male masculinity.” – Kevin Kreider


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10. “So I took a leap of faith and moved there (Los Angeles).” – Kevin Kreider


11. “We actually met through Kelly Mi Li. She reached out to me and complimented me on one of the Huffington Post videos I did about my life as an Asian male model and what it was like dating in America.” – Kevin Kreider

12. “So I did and started meditating as a way to destress. That led me to become a more spiritual person—something Kane and I connect on.” – Kevin Kreider

13. “But those are things Anna Shay gave to me during our fashion trips and whatnot.” – Kevin Kreider

14. “The first person she introduced me to was Kane Lim, and I remember thinking: ‘Who is this guy?’ because he had red bling-out shoes on. Then we started talking and connected on spirituality, fashion, fitness and he has become my best friend in Los Angeles ever since.” – Kevin Kreider

15. “My goal in sharing the story is that hopefully someone in South Korea or Southeast Asia—who watches the show—knows about my family origins will be able to reach out to me with more information.” – Kevin Kreider

16. “Challenging Asian stereotypes and redefining Asian masculinity are what I would like from Hollywood as an Asian actor.” – Kevin Kreider

17. “I’ve been doing videos about Asian masculinity and my life as a model, and Kelly actually discovered one of those videos, DMed me, and said, “Hey, look, if you’re ever in L.A., I’d love to meet up sometime.” I was like, “I’m moving to L.A. actually at the end of the month!” Then, when I moved there, I met her right away.” – Kevin Kreider

18. “But I think what really motivated me to talk about it was this video I did with American basketball player Jeremy Lin in the locker room, where I asked him a question about Asian stereotypes and how he had to deal with them.” – Kevin Kreider

19. “I think they found it interesting that an Asian male model felt emasculated or had difficulties growing up because of his looks.” – Kevin Kreider


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20. “Start creating what you want to see.” – Kevin Kreider


21. “I’d also love to explore more of what’s going on with Kim’s life.” – Kevin Kreider

22. “Alopecia areata is a very unique autoimmune disease whereby stress causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles, making your hair fall out.” – Kevin Kreider

23. “I would definitely describe my personal style as street/preppy, which I don’t think is awful; it’s just not high fashion.” – Kevin Kreider

24. “It was so meaningful to me, especially the diversity of the Asian male cast who came from different cultural backgrounds and sexuality like Nico Santos who played Oliver. It was really cool and I loved it.” – Kevin Kreider

25. “I mean, I wear Dior Men now—that’s how my fashion has evolved.” – Kevin Kreider

26. “Apart from that, Kane and I are actually going into business together. We’re creating a supplement line.” – Kevin Kreider

27. “Back in 2011, when I was pursuing modeling in Singapore, I remember being shocked that even in Asia there was still a preference for ‘white beauty’, and that made me feel really insecure about myself. Which is basically the story of my life as an Asian adoptee growing up in Philadelphia—facing Asian stereotypes and developing inferiority complexes.” – Kevin Kreider

28. “I will now go shopping with Kane, Anna or with a girl who’s got a really good fashion sense.” – Kevin Kreider

29. “Discovering my identity as an Asian American, I think that was huge for me. So it’s really about identity and finding your place in the world.” – Kevin Kreider


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30. “She encouraged me to move to Los Angeles saying things like ‘Hey, things are changing and you should come out here. I’m well connected and I can probably help you get into the world of acting.” – Kevin Kreider


31. “I think it was my body’s way of telling me to stop with all the drugs and alcohol.” – Kevin Kreider

32. “Because my hair loss resulted in fewer modeling jobs, there was less money coming in and I had to move into an apartment with six roommates in the middle of Harlem.” – Kevin Kreider

33. “I will say that I’m now more conscious about what I wear, and by that I mean I don’t shop alone.” – Kevin Kreider

34. “I’d like to explore more of what it’s like to be of South Korean-descent in season two. Maybe even going to Seoul to look for my birth parents or grandfather or even go to Singapore.” – Kevin Kreider

35. “I do feel less of an outsider now. I realized how accepting they are of my differences and where I come from, my background and being Korean with a white family, being more Americanized than Asian.” – Kevin Kreider

36. “I also started working out more, eating better, and slowly my hair began to grow back. My advice to anyone dealing from it is to reduce stress in their lives.” – Kevin Kreider

37. “Stories like ours have never really been told like this before, and I didn’t realize the impact it was going to have. It’s empowering people to go and search for their birth parents to find closure.” – Kevin Kreider

38. “I’ve always wanted to do a TED Talk, I just never thought I had anything important to say.” – Kevin Kreider

39. “I hope Hollywood realizes that Asians—especially Asian men—are desirable. And that they have a place in the world and in Hollywood.” – Kevin Kreider

40. “One of the show-runners of Bling Empire (he’s half-Asian) really resonated with my story and shared with me that his parents also went through the same thing. He said to me: ‘I want you to be that leading Asian man that you wanted to see as a child.’ And now I get to be him—an Asian leading man, which is a rare occurrence, especially in reality television. It’s not something you see very often.” – Kevin Kreider



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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