I Am Her: Cheryl Wee Weighs In On Her Beauty, Her Call | Clozette
This month of March, we embark on a new feature series called “I Am Her” – where we feature the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.

“I want to become an inspiring entrepreneur than, say, a super money making one.” Singaporean actress and entrepreneur Cheryl Wee may have had a head start in life as the daughter of Singapore’s beauty empire, Jean Yip Group’s founder and chairwoman. However, head start or not, it only made her work harder in a bid to prove her worth to everyone, including herself.


To kick-start the first of our 'I am Her' stories, we looked to Vaniday's #MyBeautyMyCall campaign, where they featured five women – including Cheryl Wee – from different walks of life to shed light on female empowerment. Also, to complement the online beauty and wellness platform's inspiring campaign, Vaniday will donate SGD50cts for every booking made on their app or website from 8 March 2017 to 14 March 2017. The donation made will support SCWO's Star Shelter, which provides a temporary refuge for women and their children who escaped domestic violence.

Ahead, we chat with Wee about dealing with her weight management problems, making good her social voice, and her Clozette essentials.

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Fill in the blanks: I am an actress, an entrepreneur, and I am ___________.

I am an extremist [when it comes to food]. I love everything from the very healthy – you know, healthy desserts, your juice cleanse, the super clean stuff – all the way to the other extreme – the unhealthier stuff like molten chocolate cake with ice cream. What I love about food is [that it is a] universal language that has no boundaries – whether you’re from India or China or America or Singapore, or whether you’re 50 or 20 years old.



You have battled with stress and weight management problems. Share with us about the lowest point in your life, and how you overcame it.

There wasn’t really a specific low point I could remember. I was literally a jail in my own brain, I couldn’t think of anything. All my dreams and aspirations were gone, only the thought of wanting to lose weight [remained]. Ironically, because I studied Psychology, I was well aware of my ups and downs, and my eating disorder, at that point in time. I actually [left the] entertainment [industry] for a bit because I thought that it will help me.

There was a combination of things [that picked me up]. I had to learn to say, “this is enough. Get out of it”. At the same time, I needed good people around me. That’s one important thing: people who don’t give up on you. People who don’t spoil you – so that you become a victim of self-pity – but instead are there to support you.

Sometimes I think you have to step out of your comfort zone, to see things in a different perspective. Sometimes it’s just the timing. When it’s time to get better and you tell yourself that I’m just going to get out of this. Just keep working at it.

What do you think makes your voice very powerful, especially among the millennials?

I’d like to think that I do have a positive and powerful influence on them. I embrace and acknowledge the fact that I’m very lucky compared to a lot of people. But at the same time, I feel that my voice would make a difference because I experience very real things too. In fact, I work even harder to prove to others because people might already have pre-conceived ideas of me. Whether you have a head start or not, there is no escaping.

I have this desire in me to spread positivity to people, because everybody will definitely go through a difficult time. I think that people should go through whatever their challenges may be. Know that there are people like myself, [that] there are people out there who are ready to be there for you and let you know that whatever it is, you will get through it. 



You’re the definition of looking good while doing what you do. How do you stay inspired and empowered to make that happen everyday?

My mother always says: “Cheryl, you never dress up enough.” She is always very well presented [while] I am not. I have my days too, because I like a no makeup look, but I think it helps that my mom is always so well primped. I think you just really have to be very excited about life and show up.

Once, someone [said to] me: “Even if you don’t feel like dressing up for the day, think about [how] you’d envision the future Cheryl to be. How will she dress? How would she do her makeup?" That really helped me at that point. You start creating this whole new persona that is you, but a better version of you. I think that inspires me to look good everyday.


What are five essentials in your Clozette?

I have a rosary bracelet. It’s a wooden rosary bracelet from the Vatican. Somehow it makes me feel a lot better when I’m travelling or when I’m on the road. I bring my own bottled water everyday.

I am a big fan of white shirts. I have a billion of them. I think that is a fashion must-have. It is so easy; you can wear it with jeans, wear it as a shirtdress, or wear it with shorts. A white shirt is very versatile. You must have that. If I have to own one makeup, it’s mascara.

I condition my hair with the SuperShine hair mask everyday, cause’ you know how much we colour and perm our hair. That is one must-have [and] it’s exclusively at Jean Yip. 

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Find out more about Vaniday’s #MyBeautyMyCall campaign here.


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Fashion is keeping up with the trends; style, on the other hand, is finding your own voice in the pieces you wear. But putting on an ensemble and calling it your own is no easy feat. It's all about your own personality, preferences, and hey, even budget comes into play, too! 

So the question remains: how can you find our own style? 

Don't fret! We asked Clozette Ambassadors Juliana, Samantha, Jamila, and Monica on the challenges they faced as they went on to live and breathe their own style, and they share how they overcame them. 

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Juliana


"I struggled to find my personal style in my early teens. I could be a bohemian one week and a gothic fashionista the next. Sometimes I would even wear more androgynous clothes for some added masculinity in my style.

To be honest, even to this day today, I'm still trying to find my way in creating a style I can call my own.

However, I also think that the better you know yourself, the better insight you have into what is important and what is of value to your life. Finding your own style is no different; it's about being true to yourself.

It hasn't always been easy to find a voice when there are so many intelligent and beautiful souls around, but I think I've carved a style niche for myself through my passion for life and love and all things Disney! Today, my style is largely influenced by how I feel and what inspires me.

It's okay to commit a fashion faux pas once in a while. Fashion is all about experimenting anyway. The most important thing is to be comfortable in our skin no matter what we're donning for the day. Carpe diem!"
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Samantha


"Just like other girls, I struggled with my sense of identity when I was a teenager and referred to new media to learn how to dress, act, and speak. As I grew older, I realised that conforming to societal norms do not reflect one’s true style. I believe that, first and foremost, women should be comfortable in their own skin and it is through this that they can allow their personality to shine regardless of what they’re wearing.

Choose something trendy, choose something classy, choose something casual, choose something extravagant — whatever. Just remember to own your outfits with your attitude."


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Monica


"The only struggle I encountered when it came to my personal style was that I wasn't confident enough to wear what I really like. I was afraid of what other people will say, and so I settled with plain [and safe] ensembles. But then, I overcame it by learning to love myself and my imperfections. It was then that I realised that being able to dress the way I want [by my own rules] boosted my confidence.

Fast forward to my style now, I learned to love experimental ensembles. You would mostly see me going for classy and sophisticated pieces without any more inhibitions."


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Jamila


"Style is personal. There are no rules. Style comes from knowing who you are and who you want to be, but of course, there are struggles. And to me, it was the fact that I love mixing fabrics and shapes in different ways. I like to dress up in a playful, flirty manner, and be girly with flouncy skirts and cinched waists. But sometimes, I worry about people judging me because of how dynamic my style is.

I used to encounter people staring at me as if I'm from a different planet, and their eyes are all on me, and it made me feel so conscious about myself and my style. But I told myself, hey, my business is my business. I feel like it looks good on me, and I know how to work with what I’ve got, and I’m ready to flaunt it without looking like I'm trying too hard. It made me realise that I can’t please everyone to like what I'm wearing. It's all about having confidence in knowing that you can pull off whatever it is that you're are wearing."

So to everyone, I encourage you to take risks and follow your true style to keep your wardrobe modern, fun, and exciting!"


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They say that self-confidence is innate, and we can't agree more. But it never hurts to equip ourselves with an empowering outfit that shows off our unshakable poise, don't you think?


In conjunction with International Women's Day – where we honour and celebrate female empowerment – we share three easy tweaks and tricks in your wardrobe that will add the 'pow' in your power look. Watch the video, then read on to catch the looks, as worn by Clozette ambassador Laveena Bhansali, up close.

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Tip 1: Streamline your silhouette



Blouse & pants, Dorothy Perkins


Streamlining your silhouette doesn't have to mean wearing body-hugging clothes. Look out for tailored pieces that feature a clean cut for a polished finish.


Tip 2: (Jump)suit up



Jumpsuit, blouse & bag, Dorothy Perkins


Forget that predictable dress and pick this one out instead – say hello to our new favourite onesie: the jumpsuit. Layer on with an inner blouse or throw over a blazer for instant chic factor.



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Tip 3: White out



Blouse & skirt, Dorothy Perkins


Pulling off an entirely white ensemble can be daunting (coffee spills, anyone?), but isn't this what empowerment is about? Confidence is key, ladies, and going all-white could just be what you need to perk you up and give you that sartorial boost to power you through the day.


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Love yourself more and dive in to being more body positive with our top tips.

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