Style Evolution: Ya Hui

Happy birthday, Ya Hui! In light of Ya Hui's 30th birthday, we look back at the actress' iconic looks over the years. 

Style evolution: Ya Hui
24 Feb 2016

Style evolution: Ya Hui


Happy 30th birthday, Ya Hui! Ya Hui first caught our eye when she took part in the 2007 Star Search competition and suffice to say, she's come a long way in the past decade, both career-wise and fashion-wise. 

Click through for Ya Hui’s most iconic looks over the years.

Star Search 2007 Press Conference
23 Feb 2016

Star Search 2007 Press Conference

Everything, from Ya Hui’s blunt bob, to her striped highlights, to the plastic-y waist belt, brings us straight back to the mid-2000s. 

Star Search 2007 Semi-Finals
22 Feb 2016

Star Search 2007 Semi-Finals

Yikes! This ruffled, bejewelled mess aged Ya Hui by a decade. 

Star Search 2007 Finals
22 Feb 2016

Star Search 2007 Finals

Kudos to Ya Hui’s hair and makeup artist, whose work upgraded Ya Hui from a schoolgirl to a star almost instantly. If it weren’t for the coral gown and Desmond Tan at the background, we never would have guessed this photo was taken almost ten years ago. 

2008 photo shoot
23 Feb 2016

2008 photo shoot

At the tender age of 21, Ya Hui’s wardrobe was still very much….Forever 21.

Photos: Ya Hui

My Buddy press conference (2009)
22 Feb 2016

My Buddy press conference (2009)

Remember when people used skinny scarves as a substitute for jewellery? While the Ya Hui we know and love today isn’t exactly big on the bling, going bare-necked is preferable to this scraggly mid-2000s accessory.  

Mr and Mrs Kok press conference 2009
24 Feb 2016

Mr and Mrs Kok press conference 2009

Accessory overload. There are so many things screaming for our attention in this picture, but there was only one thing on our minds: Girl, you need a stylist.

Star Awards 2009
23 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2009

In between the spidery lashes, abundance of blush, and the confusingly textured dress, this certainly isn’t one of Ya Hui’s strongest looks – she looked a decade older than her 22 years! It’s safe to say she’s done some MAJOR Benjamin Buttoning since then. 

Star Awards 2010 Show 1
23 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2010 Show 1

While this wasn’t the only time Ya Hui wore bright yellow to the Star Awards, we can safely say that her later efforts showed a lot of improvement (keep reading). 

Photos: Ya Hui

Star Awards 2010 Show 2
22 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2010 Show 2

Ya Hui doesn’t look bad per se but we can’t get over that Something About Mary-esque hair. 

Star Awards 2011 Show 1
22 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2011 Show 1

Sorry Ya Hui, but that dress looks like a cheap Greek goddess costume.

Bountiful Blessings media conference (2011)
22 Feb 2016

Bountiful Blessings media conference (2011)

The hair and makeup are perfection (doesn’t she remind you of a young Gigi Lai?), but we can’t bring ourselves to look beyond the neck. Major avant garde fail.

An Instagram post from 2013
23 Feb 2016

An Instagram post from 2013

Whoa! Who knew that the fresh-faced actress used to be such a punk? Now that pastel hair’s back in, we’d love to see Ya Hui wear this colour again. 

Star Awards 2013 Show 1
22 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2013 Show 1

Even before the Mediacorp’s Dukes started spamming us with printed suits, Ya Hui was way ahead of the trend when she turned up with Bieber hair and a Carven toile suit - with matching shoes - to the 2013 Star Awards. A bold and unexpected move by the actress but unfortunately, she doesn’t look very confident in it. And that little heart-shaped cutout isn’t helping. We can’t help checking for her belly button. 

Gonna Make It press conference (2013)
22 Feb 2016

Gonna Make It press conference (2013)

The actress started pushing her style envelope when she turned up at the media conference for Gonna Make It rocking a sheer top. Definitely the most flesh we’ve seen Ya Hui display.

Star Awards 20 Show 1 (2014)
22 Feb 2016

Star Awards 20 Show 1 (2014)

Ya Hui looked part of the fashion elite when she turned up at the 2014 Star Awards in this Balmain sequinned mini dress – hands down one of our favourite looks! 

Star Awards 20 Show 2 (2014)
24 Feb 2016

Star Awards 20 Show 2 (2014)

Black doesn’t have to mean boring. Ya Hui stepped out at the Star Awards 20 Show 2 red carpet in a simple, yet stunning Calvin Klein gown. 

Star Awards 2015 Show 1
23 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2015 Show 1

We distinctly remember giving Ya Hui a HOT rating for her pale gold Jessicacindy dress, which looked so flattering against her fair complexion and trim figure. It’s looks like this that reminds us why we’re so happy that she moved away from the somber colours of her youth!

Star Awards 2015 Show 2
23 Feb 2016

Star Awards 2015 Show 2

But lest you forget her roots, Ya Hui’s black platforms added a bit of rock star appeal to this Grecian-style Roberto Cavalli gown. 

Related:
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The Courts Bonus Show (2015)
22 Feb 2016

The Courts Bonus Show (2015)

Ya Hui isn’t new to blonde tresses but when she went platinum again in 2015 for her role in upcoming drama House of Fortune, she exuded a different aura, looked spunkier, and it reflected in her dressing too. Guess blondes really do have more fun!

Photo: Team Ya Hui

Team Ya Hui’s visit to an elderly home (2016)
22 Feb 2016

Team Ya Hui’s visit to an elderly home (2016)

When it comes to local fan club tees, Team Ya Hui’s has to be one of our favourites. Athleisure is still very much on trend and we love how they cleverly incorporated the actress’ birthday into the design. 

Photo: Team Ya Hui

Star Awards 2017
18 May 2017

Star Awards 2017

Ya Hui said she skipped her meals for the day to ensure she looked good in her Couturissimo gown. Well, the sacrifice was totally worth it. The actress looked sweet yet sexy in the cleavage and back-baring dress.

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