Halima Aden, Abby Morgan, Andrea Lisbona, Elaine Tee, Maria Molland, Salone Monet, Sheila Sim, Tengku Suzana Tengku Abdul Kadir… These are the names you should already know, if not, quickly get acquainted with. They are activists, entrepreneurs, designers, content creators, wellness advocates and models; successful women who have first empowered themselves so that they can empower others through the things they believe in. They open doors for themselves; they function as voices of influence for others; they speak up for communities who would otherwise remain unheard; they champion and invent products for women first. They are here on these pages because they hope the stories they share can inspire and encourage others on their own journeys.
Since the beginning of our revamp last September, that is how we’ve set ourselves apart. We don’t want to be just another fashion or beauty authority. Before anything else, we are a woman’s magazine first, and we hope that our readers can grow to be better versions of themselves through the stories we tell, the trends we curate and the conversations that we highlight.
On that note, last month, we posed ourselves the question on what we can do with the extra time we now have in our hands due to the pandemic. Three women, Jessica Chow, Lucia Jacky and Robin Thang made lemonade out of the lemons the pandemic threw at their life plans, careers and businesses. For me, I am taking this luxury of time to restore my health — and more. After a hard fall on my knee four years ago that led to many other injuries, including one that required a surgery, I am finally taking charge of my own rehabilitation journey that includes physiotherapy, regular exercise and healthier eating habits — all of which requires regularity and consistency, something that I wouldn’t have been achieve if not for the ample time I have now.
Grab your copy of ELLE Singapore’s November 2020 issue, out on select newsstands and bookstores today.