Often, how much you know about someone is only skin-deep. So in our profile of Singapore’s fresh faces—the entertainers and artists making waves in their respective industries—we wanted to go a little deeper. In addition to the typical way of conducting an interview and shooting a beautiful portrait, this photo essay attempts to showcase them in layers—because, after all, we are in truth multi-faceted individuals.
Yeo Siew Hua | Director
Nylon canvas parka, by Balenciaga.
“It is too early to think about legacy questions, but with my work and my life, I try to queer it. To undo certain perceptions and certain judgements that are imposed and break away from that. So I think if people remember me as someone who tried to push things, that would be pretty nice.”
Shak’thiya Subramaniamm | Musician
Shearling jacket, by Burberry; gold necklace, by Tiffany & Co.
“I don’t mind if you think that my music is not great—that’s your opinion—but I want to be remembered as a kind person.”
Constance Lau | Actress
Nylon skirt, by 1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli; silver necklace, by Hermès.
“I live by this motto that life is too short, so I think you cannot take everything too seriously. You have to take everything with a pinch of salt and let it go.”
Ilhan Fandi | Professional footballer
Leather and shearling jacket, by Louis Vuitton.
“My dad really inspires me—he is a really good footballer—and I think it runs in the blood. (laughs) Also my brothers inspire me to play better.”
Aisyah Aziz | Singer
Cotton shirt, by Loewe.
“I don’t know what I would be doing if I weren’t singing. I would still be writing songs, humming melodies in the toilet. Even if I do a day job, I would still find a way to sing. I don’t think I will be anything else.”
Leonard Wee | Artist
Cotton jacket, by Bottega Veneta; silver necklace, by Hermès.
“[About my journey as an artist,] it’s not only to tend to the intellectual part of the art world but to have lived a life. To focus on the emotional part of the work. As much as I love art theory and history and teaching it, it’s living life, accepting and embracing who you are as a person. Sometimes it may not be what you want to hear, or what you want to know, but going with it and owning it. That’s something that I have learnt, self-acceptance.”
Words by Eugene Lim
Photography by Ronald Leong
Artwork by Ernie & Bert
Hair and make-up for Constance Lau, Ilhan Fandi and Shak by Greg’o using Tom Ford and Keune SG.
Hair and make-up for Aisyah Aziz, Leonard Wee and Yeo Siew Hua by Nikki Fu using Redken and Giorgio Armani Beauty.