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Monah Li
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Born in Vienna, Austria, it seems that I have designed fashion all my life. I remember myself as a teenager with a flashlight under my blanket frantically sewing my new outfit for the next day. I moved to California
in the late 80 ies and I managed to turn my collection "Monah Li" into a very successful business with my own retail store in Los Feliz, many celebrity clients and accounts all over the world.
I became a writer during the last few years, not only because I was married to a writer - and I'm not going to say who, because he is a little notorious - but because I needed another medium to express my creativity.
After writing for the LA-Weekly and the Huffington Post on style and fashion and after writing a few screenplays, I realized that what I really wanted to write about was way more serious. So I wrote a book, called "Showroom of Perfections" about my addiction to various Eating Disorders, but mostly bulimia and to love and sex that cost me my sanity, business, career and my life.
I'm in recovery from all of it now and enjoy sharing this experience. There are not many women who live to tell about bulimia. I don't mind hitting raw nerves by telling the truth about something that is very common, but so secretive that there isn't much out there to read about.
You can hate this or love it - I'm writing it, because the only way to make those lost years count, is by turning them into art.

Blog Entries by Monah Li

Rehab Factory

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 11:38 AM

For the last few years, I've watched with sadness how the garment business has almost disappeared from Los Angeles. An idea formed in my brain about my dream factory for women who come out of rehab and need jobs. After attending a few workshops at "Community Partners" and learning all...

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Review of The Victim

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 3:36 PM

I just had the opportunity and immense pleasure to see this independently produced movie. I have never written a movie review, but this movie touched me in so many ways, that I want to give this a try.

My friends, some of whom I've known for 20 years, made The...

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The Scale in the Sky

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 2:52 PM

After almost 19 years of every day bulimia, I stumbled into recovery. It hit me and was way stronger and bigger than the bulimia and I did not expect it at all. I certainly did not expect it to last. But it did, it stuck.

This is how it...

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Keep your G-Strings on (and Everything Else)

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 6:51 AM


KEEP YOUR PANTIES ON (and everything else)

MY good friend is an extremely successful "Love-Coach". She teaches women how to flirt, make contact, dress sexy (but not slutty) and play their cards right - so they snag the guy and hopefully walk down the aisle with him.

She's...

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Divorce, One Year Later

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 12:21 PM

Looking back, I view my 15-year relationship/ marriage as an addiction. My boyfriend/ husband was my drug and I acted like a crack addict, pursuing him with a compulsion and urgency that is easily comparable to a woman who will do anything, absolutely anything to get crack or heroin.

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My New 'All Good'

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 10:39 AM

It's been more than four years that I haven't had to battle bulimia. This is such an unbelievable miracle, and I still wake up every morning with the grateful realization that I'm not living in hell anymore.

I have scars and serious wounds from it, like osteoporosis and teeth that...

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Men in Clothes

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 5:36 PM

Since I'm a fashion Designer, men always ask me for advice.

From "How would you dress me?", "What do you think of this T-Shirt?" and "Am I stylish enough for your taste, I mean you're the expert...?" to outright "Would you take me shopping?" I get all that and everything...

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Cultivating a Different Type of Beauty

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2007 | 4:43 PM

Recently, I have started to take pictures of women over 40, who have that 
certain spark that we get when we are happy to be who we are. What I noticed unfolding in front of the camera, is when they put on a shirt, both tailored and feminine and the...

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Illusions

(10) Comments | Posted August 29, 2007 | 4:34 PM

Are we just a computer game of a powerful evil entity? This is very likely, said the NY-Times Science section a few weeks ago. Or as one of the comments to my last post said, "As the Buddha would say...this is delusion, pure and simple."

My first husband, I mean...

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Garments of Light

(7) Comments | Posted August 20, 2007 | 4:00 PM

Coco Chanel said: "Look for the woman in the dress. Without the woman, there is no dress".

Monah Li said: "I realized that on young women I notice the dress first. With the older women, I notice the personality first and the dress second".

My friend Lisa said: "I want...

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Observations from a Rockstar Wedding

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2007 | 12:17 AM

Justin Warfield, one of the lead members of the band She Wants Revenge, married his very pregnant girlfriend, Stephanie. She Wants Revenge is in high rotation on KROQ, as cool and hip as a band can be right now. I was a guest at their rock-star wedding.

The mix...

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What's a Mother Who Designs Fashion for a Living To Do?

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2007 | 6:49 PM

Recently there was an article in the LA Times about the Iranian Fashion Police. Ali Kadkhodazadeh, a social scientist who writes for Iranian newspapers said, "The irony is that as long as a crackdown or enforcement of the code-of-dress law is seriously underway, we can see obedience. But as...

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Baby-Doll Just Doesn't Fit

(9) Comments | Posted July 22, 2007 | 8:31 PM

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It's the name that makes me squirm: Baby-doll. Smock? Infantilism? As much as I don't want to shave my crotch and look like a nine-year-old from the waist down, I don't want to dress myself in a top that balloons on top of my...

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Presentation is Everything

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2007 | 11:36 PM

My friend Brett told me how she used to be very close with another writer. She felt that they really had their communication going and that she could share anything with him. So, one day, when she sensed that he was stuck in a troubled and joyless state, she sent...

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Dress Yourself in Confidence

(10) Comments | Posted July 7, 2007 | 1:04 AM

How I dress affects the conversations I have. A black, tight, severely cut dress makes me feel grown-up and confidant. It enables me to access the part of myself that is a demanding and sexually experienced woman. I become conscious of how I move and how my posture has to...

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