GIRL POWER: Female celebs who are also entrepreneurs

These ladies can indeed do it all

GIRL POWER: Female celebs who are also entrepreneurs
GIRL POWER: Female celebs who are also entrepreneurs
13 Jul 2019

GIRL POWER: Female celebs who are also entrepreneurs

Everyone knows how busy the life of a celeb is. Apart from the time spent in front of the camera, there’s also the preparation that they do behind the scenes, along with all the other little things it takes to be an all-rounder.

Some ladies, however, have kicked it up a notch by becoming towkays in their own right – take our most recent example, radio DJ Sonia Chew, who is now the proud #girlboss of mod-Sin izakaya Izy Fook.

Further away from home, Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh not only launched cosmetics brand Sh, but has also become a swimsuit designer in her latest collab. Seriously though, what can’t she, along with these other ladies, do?

Read on for more.

Sonia Chew
Sonia Chew
13 Jul 2019

Sonia Chew

Labour of love: Mod-Sin izakaya Izy Fook

Sonia has always wanted to set up a side business, but fell victim to procrastination until this opportunity came by.

Though she was concerned about the "financial and reputational risks" involved, the self-proclaimed workaholic shared that she is excited to have something fresh to work with, and is enjoying the process of interacting with the people who visit Izy Fook. 

She's also been reminded of the importance of teamwork and the ability to listen after becoming her own boss, and hopes to introduce more people to her edgy, cool new hangout spot for every occasion.

Kayly Loh
Kayly Loh
13 Jul 2019

Kayly Loh

Labour of love: Florist Bucket Full Of Roses

Kayly started Bucket Full of Roses by playing around and designing a bucket to package seasonal flowers, and her pet project soon became a full-fledged business that she juggles with her acting projects.

These days, she's still trying to strike a balance between her two passions, and explained that even though some have asked her to give up one of them, she simply can't.

"I love both and I count myself luckier than most to be doing things I love compared to people who are stuck in jobs they dread," she told Toggle. "I can’t have everything but I will make the most out of it."

Hong Ling
Hong Ling
13 Jul 2019

Hong Ling

Labour of love: Birds’ Nest importer House of the Swiftlet

Hong Ling and boyfriend Nick Teo started their business late last year, with each of them investing a five digit sum into the biz. Months after becoming her own boss, Hong Ling has not only become better at managing her time, but has also the confidence to take risks.

"If we do not take risks, we’ll end up always staying in our comfort zone and not move forward and be a better version of ourselves," she shared with Toggle. Her business has not only given her extra funds to travel more often, but is helping her achieve her goal of having her own house.

Charmaine Sheh
Charmaine Sheh
13 Jul 2019

Charmaine Sheh

Labour of love: Cosmetics brand Sh

Charmaine's career might have shot to new levels after starring in Story of Yanxi Palace, but did you know that the Hong Kong actress had such a hard time finding the right lip colours for her character that she ended up creating her own line of lipsticks?

As her character made the transition from consort to empress, she was unable to find the correct shades of lipsticks, and had to mix several shades to get it just right.

She launched Sh with 12 shades of red lipstick for every occasion, and has hinted that there will be more to come in the months ahead.

Julie Tan
Julie Tan
13 Jul 2019

Julie Tan

Labour of love: Artiste management 1Wolf Entertainment, restaurant Botany

Julie, who has called herself "constantly unpredictable" during previous interviews, shared that she goes into her business ventures prepared for the worst.

Her businessman father was initially not the biggest fan of the idea of her opening a restaurant, and Julie mused that while others might think that her privileged background is the reason why she is willing to take risks, she begs to differ.

“We don’t want to lose face for our families because our parents are respectable. We don’t want to have people saying that we’re failures and can’t live up to our parents’ legacies. People might talk bad about us; I can’t stop them and I have to acknowledge that we’re privileged. I’m truly grateful for that.” 

Sonia Sui
Sonia Sui
13 Jul 2019

Sonia Sui

Labour of love: Fashion label SUITANGTANG

When you've been a model for years, you probably know a little about fashion. Sonia, who even brings her kids to work, is not only boss, designer, but also model for her label SUITANGTANG.

Most of the casual, everyday-wear pieces would seem at home in just about anyone's wardrobe, which is all part of the appeal. Did you know that local actress Carrie Wong is also a fan of the brand? Now you know where she gets some of her Insta-worthy outfits.


Cheryl Wee
Cheryl Wee
13 Jul 2019

Cheryl Wee

Labour of love: Cheryl W wellness and weight management

Cheryl has been vocal about her wellness journey as the actress went through many years ill-treating her body when she felt pressured to keep up to certain beauty standards. She struggled with an eating disorder for years, but all that has changed since becoming a mother.

Now that she's learned to love herself (what's there not to love?), she wants to help others do the same. Cheryl W is her baby, and she wants everyone to know that being fit and healthy is the new thin.

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing
13 Jul 2019

Fan Bingbing

Labour of love: Fan Beauty

Bingbing has made no secret of her love for hydrating sheet masks, which was also why the first product she launched with Fan Beauty was exactly that.

Although it's been marred with poor reviews, the actress has stood by her brand and cleared the air on some misconceptions netizens had about her masks. 

It remains to be seen if she will be able to come up with a second product which will fare better with consumers, as opinions on her masks are still largely split into two camps: love and hate.

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