CELEBRATING THE INDIVIDUAL

Empowering Women

Even without any prior experience in running a charity, housewife Uma Balji knew that she wanted to do more to help. With some friends, she raised nearly $100,000 for a women’s programme, which was then discontinued. However, that prompted her to start Project Smile, a charity to uplift and empower women from all walks of life.

Shining From Within

At age 16, most of us are simply worrying about our exams and focusing on doing well in school. However, for the founder and owner of local jewellery brand By Invite Only, Trixie Khong, that was when she started her own jewellery business.

Of Help And Healing

Ming Bridges, founder of clothing rental company, Rentadella, was just 19 when her struggles with food and her body began. At the time, she was pursuing her singing career, but constant scrutiny of her looks on social media sent her into a downward spiral of bingeing, purging, and starving. Now a firm and vocal advocate of body acceptance, Bridges is determined to make a change.

Minding The Gender Gap

Low Chin Loo, inaugural head of Asia Pacific for EDGE Certification and former president of the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore, believes female progress in the workplace is a societal issue where men’s involvement is critical. With the pandemic hurting women’s careers more than men’s, she wants organisations to step up and shift the needle towards gender parity.

Refashioning Heritage

Artiste and drama teacher Oniatta Effendi turned her passion for batik into a clothing business that pays homage to the traditions, stories and artisans behind these timeless textiles. In a shophouse across from the Malay Heritage Centre in Kampung Glam, homegrown label Baju by Oniatta has found a new home. Or, as founder Oniatta Effendi prefers to see it, the…

Buy Right

Tattoo artist Kat Von D has unveiled her latest vegan-friendly beauty offerings in the form of XO Vinyl Lip Cream and Everlasting Blush. The lip gloss and blush consist of six shades to match any skin tone and is inspired by the rosy shades of peony and dahlia flowers. Ear buddiesThe purveyor of luxury goods recently launched the Louis Vuitton…

Sixty Years Strong

By Justin Harper I have never been a big fan of special edition cars as they are usually gimmicks made on the back of an already popular model. But now and again, something special comes along – like the Mini 60th anniversary special edition. As Mini fans will probably tell you, the latest models are unrecognisable from those that rolled…

The Arts Must Go On

Perhaps never before has the world truly appreciated the arts as it has right now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the number of confirmed cases grow — currently 2 million and counting — people are staying at home to curb the spread and the arts have been a comfort to many. Despite the tough times, CEO of…