From personal trainers and fashion designers, to musicians and mixologists – these high-flying women are pushing the boundaries from our lil’ red dot
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, get to know these leading ladies who are elevating the game in fashion, beauty, music, food, drinks, fitness, and conscious living from Singapore. Spoiler alert: don’t be surprised to spot a certain Honeycombers cameo in here!
Anita Kapoor – TV Host, Speaker, Advocate
She’s witty, charismatic, and full of fire. But she’s also one of the humblest people we know; she made waves in the news when she volunteered to live in a nursing home for two weeks to witness the struggles of its elderly residents.
Stephanie Chai – Model, Entrepeneur
From glamorous model to hard-working tech startup CEO, Stephanie Chai inspires us to just ‘have a go’ and try something new. As the founder of travel sales website, TheLuxeNomad, Stephanie raised funds from venture capitalists to get her business up and running. Since it launched in 2012, the site has become one of the most successful in the industry. We also love that she did all this with an all-female team when she launched.
Ginette Chittick – Musician, DJ, Fashion Designer
Not only is this dynamite gal a respected authority in the local fashion circuit, but she’s also the kickass frontwoman of shoegaze band, Astreal, that recently rocked out at the Laneway Festival.
Stephanie Dickson – Entrepreneur, Advocate
Aside from being the founder of The Wedge Asia, Stephanie is also the inspiring leader behind the conscious lifestyle movement that is Green Is The New Black.
Claire Jedrek – Race Car Driver
She’s easy on the eyes, and hot on the asphalt as Singapore’s only female race car driver. She’s also a gutsy #girlboss, and a familiar face on sports news channels. Check out Claire Jedrek’s Lust List.
Elika Mather – Café Owner, Health Coach
Coffee is important to us, as are the owners behind some of our fave cafes. Elika is the co-owner of the health-conscious Kitchen by Food Rebel, and she even introduced us to the Bulletproof Coffee phenomenon.
Tjin Lee – Fashion Entrepreneur, PR Guru
What isn’t inspiring about Singapore’s most fashionable female entrepreneur, mother, business mentor, PR guru and all round woman-supporting powerhouse, Tjin Lee? As the founder and CEO of one of Singapore’s top PR and marketing firms, Tjin has influenced everything from Singapore Fashion Week to what types of wines you like to drink. She’s also the co-founder of the very innovative CRIB Society (you can read more about it in our feature of eight amazing organisations empowering women around the world and here in Singapore) that’s dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs, plus she created Trehaus ‒ Singapore’s first co-working space with childcare and learning facilities … what more can we say?
Ivy Singh-Lim – Farm Owner, Political Activist
She’s notorious as the Gentle Warrior of Singapore – some might say the de facto ‘Queen of Singapore’ – and owner of the Bollywood Veggies farm in the Kranji Countryside. Read our interview with Ivy Singh-Lim… if you dare.
Priscilla Shunmugam – Fashion Designer
Ong Shumugam is a name synonymous with the cheongsam, and this woman is the brain behind the brand. In the six years since its debut, the homegrown label has slowly and steadily dominated the local fashion scene with its contemporary, never-before-seen interpretations of the traditional Asian garb. Check out our Behind The Seams interview with Priscilla Shunmugam.
Eileen Chan – DJ, Promoter
Famously known as CATS ON CRACK in the dance scene, Eileen is a house and techno DJ who always dares to push the limit. Case in point: she co-founded one of Singapore’s best clubs at the moment, Headquarters By The Council. Check out our interview with the feisty feline.
Cynthia Chua – Beauty & Lifestyle Maven
As CEO of the Spa Esprit Group – one of Singapore’s largest lifestyle and beauty empires (it runs Strip, Browhaus, Tippling Club and Ding Dong, amongst many others) – Cynthia is the #ladyboss that many others wanna be. Check out her fave hidden gems in Dempsey.
Kino Soh – Bar Owner, Mixologist
Kino’s made quite a buzz in the bartending scene, thanks to her stint at FRESH! and for co-founding the playful, local-influenced Hopscotch. But the Diageo World Class finalist of 2016 is hardly resting on her laurels, having recently founded a brand new concept called Highball. Read our interview with Kino Soh.
Tan Su-Lyn – Food Entrepreneur
As the co-founder of popular food blog, Chubby Hubby, and The Ate Group, one of Southeast Asia’s top food and beverages services group, Tan Su-Lyn has the life lots of us would love. Eating for a living? What could be cooler? What’s also really inspiring about Su-Lyn is that she has made her way from food journalist and editor to owning her own food-related business, all while staying passionate about what she loves.
Linying – Singer-songwriter
She’s Singapore’s answer to Lucy Rose or Birdy, and she’s already conquering the world with global tours at such a young age. Read our interview with Linying.
Symphony Loo – Mixologist
Holding the court behind Neon Pigeon’s bar, Symphony is one mixology maestro who never fails to elevate our tipple experience. Her interview with us was music to our ears.
Jasmine Danker – Personal Trainer
With her toned physique, easy-going charm, and spirited ‘can-do’ attitude, Jasmine Danker is the definition of #fitnessgoals. She may be petite but make no mistake, this personal trainer (with nearly a decade of experience under her belt) knows how to kick ass on and off the gym mat. Check out her home workout tips.
Samantha Lo – Artist
She has a reputation that sticks (yes, we threw in that pun ’cos she’s the ‘Sticker Lady’), and it’s all thanks to her carefree attitude, artistic chops, and guerrilla-styled antics that are both courageous and controversial.
Pat Law – Entrepreneur
The founder of a major independent digital marketing firm (winner of many, many awards) and The Damn Good Shop (full of fun, nostalgic Singapore stuff), Pat Law has been described as ‘an unapologetic badass’ which is basically why we think she’s so inspiring. When it comes to standing up and standing out in Singapore – especially as a woman with a very distinct point of view – Pat is absolutely inspiring. She’s so inspiring, in fact, that she’s even been parodied on The Noose!
Elim Chew – Fashion & Food Entrepreneur
Although she started out in the fashion and retail industry ‒ remember 77th Street? – Elim Chew has now moved on to everything from food outlets (I’m Kim Korean BBQ, Kokomama cafe, GoroGoro Steamboat and Korean Buffet) to social enterprise-slash-disruptive technology (FastFast is an app which is the courier service equivalent of Uber). Why is she so inspiring? Because she never gives up. Despite have lots of ups and downs in her varied entrepreneurial career, Elim remains positive and focused on the next exciting opportunity. Plus, she does a lot to support young Singapore talent by acting as a mentor.
Chris Edwards – Entrepreneur, Honeycombers Ladyboss
What can we say? Chris is the founder of Honeycombers, HoneyKids, HoneyKidsGo and HoneyBrides, and she juggles it all while being a proud supermum of three. Even the folks behind Facebook agree, having featured her in their #SheMeansBusiness campaign.
Inspired by these ladybosses? Then check out our feature on amazing organisations empowering women all around the world and here in Singapore. Also check out our 12 female DJs in Singapore you really need to know.