We are so thrilled to feature MEAGAN KONG as our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week. Meagan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and she's a woman on a mission to empower the world to engage in healthy lifestyles and live their best lives. She lives in purpose and positivity, and she’s the definition of a strong-minded female who uses her passions to spread light to the rest of the world. She is an accomplished professional dancer with a long list of credits, and she’s danced on a wide range of projects since moving to Los Angeles. She has coined the genius phrase “YOU KONG DO IT!” with her lifestyle blog, and she represents Adidas as a dance ambassador. We love a woman who isn’t afraid to throw herself into all the things that make her soul happy, and Meagan is a prime example of that.
Meagan has enjoyed much success as a professional dancer and has performed on stage with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, and Nelly Furtado. She has also worked on X Factor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Empire, and America’s Got Talent, and she plays one of the devil girls in VH1’s Hit The Floor. In addition, Meagan has done commercials for Foot Locker, Adidas, Ford, and BCBG, and she can be seen in various print ads for Adidas and Powerade, too. There’s no doubt about it… this girl is star!
On top of her illustrious dance career, she serves as an ambassador for Adidas and spreads her love for health, fitness, and movement wherever she goes. She dedicates a lot of her time, energy, and heart to her blog YOU KONG DO IT, and we absolutely love everything it stands for. She shares advice and tips on healthy eating, workouts, and health-conscious living, and she inspires her YouKongDoer’s to embrace their bodies and minds with love and confidence. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to juggle all the commitments Meagan has, but she does it with grace, kindness, and a smile. We applaud Meagan for contributing so much good to others and for fearlessly following the things that make her happiest! Thank you Meagan for sharing your advice with our YGTGirls. You rock!
We just love “YOU KONG DO IT”! Can you share with us how that all started?
YOU KONG DO IT came from people’s fixation on my last name that I’ve experienced all of my life. Believe it or not, the name Kong was too obvious a target for kids that I rarely endured any teasing about it when I was young. King and Queen Kong were a compliment to me and no one wanted to be the kid who couldn’t think of anything better than calling me Donkey Kong. Strangely, I remember teachers, coaches and announcers who were afraid to pronounce my name with clarity. Is there a Meagan (pause) Cung? Meagan... Kahn? When I started working as a professional dancer, one of my agents suggested I use my middle name Dunlap because my look is “multiethnic” rather than purely Chinese as my name suggests. Meagan Dunlap’s life was short-lived, mostly unemployed, and all wrong. This is why I embrace all that is me K-O-N-G and put it at the forefront any chance I get. YOU KONG DO IT comes from encouraging people to SAY MY NAME and to say their names loud and proud, too.
Having known you for a few years now, we can vouch that you are a badass at dreaming big, going after your biggest goals, and making them happen! What advice would you give a YGTGirl that may be doubting that her dreams are possible?
Trust that all your paths will merge… someday. I went to college for Marketing then felt 4 years behind in the dance world once I graduated. When I got moving in the dance industry, I felt behind all of my friends getting promotions and buying houses while working in the ad world. Today, I have managed to bridge both worlds. I work with large international brands to create content, execute marketing campaigns and host events. A large part of my ability to excel in this world quickly is thanks to my body awareness as a dancer. I know how to merge my personal creative outlook and the goals a company is trying to accomplish through their campaigns. I continue to dance and I do it with passion instead of obligation. A YGTGirl should know that you will always feel a sense of, “But what am I doing next?” If you told me 5 years ago I’d be doing this today, I would be through the moon. However here I am, and I still wonder what’s next?
You inspire a lot of people with your healthy and positive lifestyle. Who inspires you?
I always say that social media is what you make of it. If you decided to engage with encouraging, like-minded people, it serves as a source of inspiration versus envy. I’ve met so many fitness enthusiasts who are lacing up for the first time since a major injury or for the first time in their lives. Their courage and perseverance keep me thankful to have a functioning body and inspired to move it every day.
We think it’s so rad to have you represent dancers as an Adidas ambassador. What valuable lessons have you learned since you started being intensely involved with that community?
Adidas is all about the versatile female athlete. Rather than being interested in me and my career as a dancer, they’re interested in the effort that surrounds it. I train in so many disciplines, dance being one of them, to constantly challenge my mind and body. This is how I’ve spent my life - though I’m a dancer I’m all of these other things - a business woman, a home cook, a traveler, a doodler, a music lover and an athlete. Adidas and I value the well-rounded, multi-talented, and strong female. I’ve learned to trust my path, never underestimate my strengths, and to live fiercely.
What advice would you give your 12-year-old self?
People don’t care about what you’re doing as much as they care about what they’re doing.
Also, persist. If it feels right, it’s right.
What is your definition of a YGTGirl?
She’s the hand on my shoulder that’s with me at every move. I got you too girl. :)