Dominating the realms of style, beauty, entertainment, arts and culture, design, food and beverage, sports, sustainability, and technology, these extraordinary women are breaking new ground in their unique ways. Meet our 2023 GRAZIA Game Changers.
The GRAZIA Game Changers initiative recognises the people who have been creating meaningful impact in Singapore and throughout Asia, and in this inaugural edition, we spotlight those that have led the charge to create radical change that challenges the status quo and inspires others to dream and achieve.
As we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the 2023 GRAZIA Game Changers, we delve into
the highs and lows of their respective journeys, the indelible lessons they gleaned along the way, and their words of wisdom for the next generation seeking to make their mark.
Here, our game changers share their best pieces of advice to live fearlessly.
The 21-year-old home-grown singer, songwriter and producer Shye has achieved results of immense breadth over just five years, most recently performing at the South by Southwest music festival in March and emerging as a finalist in the Chinese reality television series Youth π Plan. But though she has gone from recording and releasing tracks from her room to singing on some of the world’s biggest stages, this rising star is just getting started.
“As much as it is important to work hard to hone your craft, it’s just as important to know when to take a break.”
Pat Kraal, the first Singaporean model to walk the runway for Givenchy, has a new feather in her cap—Platinum Angels Management, which is Singapore’s first agency for models and talents above 50 years old.
“Make use of your platform to raise awareness of social issues and support causes that promote positive change.”
Farhanna Farid, the Asian power lifting champion and six-time world record breaker, also finds strength in empowering people to find their own.
“Be bold, brazen, and don’t be afraid to go against the grain to challenge the status quo.”
The sustainability consultant and founder of The Weird and Wild, Woo Qiyun breaks down the complexities of climate change with colourful visuals that are as entertaining as they are enlightening.
“Bring your whole self to tackle the many challenges we still have in society. We need everybody’s unique point of view!”
Aeron Choo, the chef-owner of Kappou since 2016, has built a formidable legacy as a pioneer in the traditional realm of Japanese dining.
“Defy cultural norms and break out of the stereotype that society or your industry places on you.”
Nurul Jihadah Hussain
The founder of The Codette Project, a non-profit organisation that gives Muslim and other minority women a chance to upskill through technology, Nurul Jihadah Hussain wants to create more diverse definitions of success.
“Don’t work on changing a lot of things for a lot of people. Make one long-term change for one thing for one person—that’s more than most people will ever make.”
Tang Tee Khoon
The violinist Tang Tee Khoon founded Chamber Music and Arts Singapore to broaden the reach of chamber music and support the emotional well-being of youths and children.
“Deep thought is vital to make proper good change.”
The beauty doyenne who pioneered cosmetic research in Singapore at the Estetica Group, Karen Lam is seeking her next success: helping people achieve self confidence through skin confidence.
“Be adaptable, daring, relentless.”
Sanchia Tan, co-founder of Tanchen Studio with Amber Chen, creates functional and artful objects, decor and accessories based on textiles and weave.
“Be brave, and be willing to just create in a way that feels honest. Your unique perspective is your biggest asset, so cultivate it.”