With the recent rise of local models finding the spotlight overseas, Singaporeans have much cause to celebrate. Layla Ong, for example, walked the runway at Milan Fashion Week for Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2018 show, while Jean Yong walked for Antonio Marras. But did you know that they are not the first?
Just two decades ago, there were Singaporean models who also were superstars in the international circuit, fronting major global advertising campaigns and walking the runways at fashion capitals Paris and Milan. In fact, the ’80s and ’90s was the Golden Age for the local modelling scene, with the likes of Hanis Hussey, Ethel Fong and Junita Simon making waves. Back home, these amazing ladies were household names, gracing the covers of many a magazine here.
We look back with nostalgia at the top models of that bygone era and celebrate those that made it in recent years.
Text: Sean Tham
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
Image: Sheila Sim’s Instagram