When we first met Rebecca (here), she was a ball of energy. That hasn’t changed this time round, and neither has her easygoing, comfortable sense of style. She has chopped off quite a fair bit of her locks, though, and amps up the boyish factor with a cap. “Same shoes, darling!” she says, in mock dismay, when we photograph her. We think it’s simply part of her signature look.
1. Do you have any problems with the dress code at work? How do you personalise your outfit?
I don’t have any problems with dress code at work. Being an artiste doesn’t require a specific dress code. I wear simple staple clothes that are comfortable to wear.
2. Do you have any fashion pet-peeves when it comes to workwear? Or do you have any advice for dressing up for work?
I always believe in dressing appropriately for the situation and being confident in what you wear. Confidence is key and it helps to bring out the best in people.
3. How did you come to start working in your current industry? Was this something you’ve always wanted to do?
I was scouted at a very young age to become a model. When I turned 16, my mother took me into a modelling agency. Since then, I have worked my way up, and have been lucky enough to be able to work all around the world, with all kinds of talented people. The modelling world opened more doors for me to do hosting and acting. I had an interest as a young teenager, but never thought I would be where I am today.
4. If you weren’t working in your current profession, what would you be doing? Or, if you could do anything you wanted to do, what would it be?
I would be an architect or interior designer.
5. What is one piece of advice you’d give to anyone who’s just starting work? Or a lesson you’ve learnt at your time at work?
Do not be afraid to ask for help!
6. What would your dream workplace be like, in terms of the actual physical space and working environment?
If I had to work in an office, I guess the Google office would be a great environment to work in, or even home! I think people would work better if they are in a comfortable environment.
7. What is one thing you think you should be doing more of, or that you wish you had more time to do?
Seeing my family more often. Working in Asia makes it very hard to see my family, I miss them dearly.
8. Could you tell us about a personal project that you’re working on right now, or that you would love to undertake?
Every now and then I like to make/create different things for the home. I haven’t tried selling them yet, but I think there could be a good market for them.
9. As Singaporeans we often struggle with our national identity and sense of common culture. Do you think we have a Singaporean identity? What do you think it should be built on, and why?
Singapore is so unique, and I think that should be something to be embraced.
10. Can you name us something Singaporean that’s close to your heart?
I’ve always loved the Merlion! Every now and then I will go and see it. I’ve been doing this since I was a baby. I’ve watched how everything around the Merlion has changed and grown. Singapore has become a truly beautiful country.