10 things that make Singaporean women beautiful

In the last month, you’ve probably come across Dove’s “Real Beauty” ad, which was created to show women that they are more beautiful than they think. 

10 things that make Singaporean women beautiful
10 things that make Singaporean women beautiful
11 Mar 2015

10 things that make Singaporean women beautiful

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In the last month, you’ve probably come across Dove’s “Real Beauty” ad, which was created to show women that they are more beautiful than they think. Following the success of the video, Dove surveyed 30 women across Southeast Asia to find that only 2 percent of women in Singapore would describe themselves as beautiful. Of the six Asian countries polled, Singapore ranked second to last for women’s confidence in their appearance. Rather than calling themselves pretty, women here were more likely to describe themselves as “natural” or “average.” 

While one can argue that it’s more culturally appropriate for Singaporean women to speak modestly about themselves, they’d be perfectly justified in calling themselves beautiful – and we can think of at least 10 reasons why: 

1. They’re hard-working
1. They’re hard-working
11 Mar 2015

1. They’re hard-working

Women in Singapore might be a lot of things, but we can all agree that there’s one thing that they are not: lazy. From their primary school days to their careers as mothers and working women, Singaporean women show motivation, dedication, and a commitment to doing a job well. In fact, a study released by The Conference Board’s Total Economy Database in 2010 showed that the average Singaporean worked over 2000 hours in 2009 (compared to around 1500-1700 in other developed nations like the United States). 

2. They can dress professionally in tropical weather
2. They can dress professionally in tropical weather
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2. They can dress professionally in tropical weather

People say that in Singapore, there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. Whether it’s hot and sunny, hot and rainy, hot and smoggy, or hot with 100 per cent humidity, you can count on women working in the CBD to conjure an outfit that lets them cool off while looking professional. Looking stylish isn’t always easy when your climate doesn’t allow for classic items like trench coats, leather boots, cardigans or scarves, but Singaporean women are uniquely skilled to pull it off.  

3. They’re multi-lingual and multi-cultural
3. They’re multi-lingual and multi-cultural
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3. They’re multi-lingual and multi-cultural

As one of Asia’s most prominent cultural melting pots, you can count on Singapore to produce women who can speak a variety of languages, eat cuisines from different cultures, and who know about an ethnic heritage other than their own. On a superficial level, the Malay, Indian, and Chinese women here might look completely different, but thanks to intermingling in this tiny city, they share an above-average understanding of how to co-exist alongside various races and beliefs. 

4. They’re well-educated
4. They’re well-educated
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4. They’re well-educated

Over the past several years, Singapore students have developed a formidable reputation for earning top scores on math and science exams. While the rigid and sometimes overly-competitive school system has stirred up controversy among concerned citizens lately, we can appreciate those who persevered through the system to become smarter, more disciplined, and more capable out in the adult world. 

5. They’re awesome at eating spicy food
5. They’re awesome at eating spicy food
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5. They’re awesome at eating spicy food

Wimps beware. While lots of people would have second thoughts about eating spicy Asian food, plenty of Singaporean women can take their sambal, their chili crab, and their curry with gusto. What would be an adventurous meal to an average person would probably be just another lunch to a Singaporeans who grew up requesting red chili with every meal. 

6. They’re stylish
6. They’re stylish
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6. They’re stylish

Not only does Singapore have a lot of malls for being such a small city, but Orchard Road’s garnered acclaim as a “must-go” destination for shopaholics ‘round the globe. In fact, a survey conducted by Presence Mystery Shopping, a Parisian market consulting company, put Orchard Road in first place as the best place to shop. With a shopping culture this great, how could the women here not have a keen sense of style?  While Singapore might not be Paris or Soho in terms of style innovation, the industry’s been paying attention to our city’s potential as a hub for fashion – evidenced by Chanel’s decision to launch their 2013/14 Cruise Collection here for the first time (presented by none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself). 

7. They’re well-traveled
7. They’re well-traveled
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7. They’re well-traveled

While plenty of people bemoan Singapore’s small size, you can’t deny that it’s in an ideal location for overseas travel, as its Asian neighbours are only a short distance (and a couple hundred dollars!) away. Most Singaporean women have been to at least two or three countries other than their own, meaning that they’ll have plenty of stories and exposure to other cultures to share while conversing. 

8. They know their coffee
8. They know their coffee
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8. They know their coffee

If you think Singaporean women are just your average 3-in-one packet drinkers, you’re wrong. The coffee culture – and the people, by extension – is a lot more creative than that. Women here can take their coffee. We don’t just mean Starbucks or artisanal blends either (although there’s plenty of that in town). Sit inside a kopitiam during the breakfast hour and you’ll hear women ordering endless varieties of coffee other than the default kopi: kopi-o, kopi-c, kopi kosong, kopi peng, kopi-o peng, kopi-o siew dai, the list goes on. And don’t even get us started on teh (tea). 

9. Tech-savvy
9. Tech-savvy
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9. Tech-savvy

Singapore constantly makes the news for having the most smartphone users in the Asian Pacific region, for having high tablet ownership, and for being extremely well-connected. Elsewhere, technology prevails: the airports in Changi Airport come equipped with electronic rating systems, while tech giants like Google and Singapore have offices here. Likewise, the women are extremely tech-savvy and have no problem exchanging their comfortable old phones for the latest gadgets on the market. If you’ve ever wanted a woman who’s in tune with technology and unafraid to try new things, you’ve come to the right place. 

10. They care for their families
10. They care for their families
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10. They care for their families

Despite being busy, overworked, and filled with their own ambitions, Singaporean women know how to put their families first when the need arises. A study released by Save the Children earlier last month revealed that Singapore is the best place to be a mother in Asia, and the 15th best in the world. The organisation measured results based on the mother’s health, education and economic factors, as well as the child’s health and nutrition – and on more macro scale, talk to just about any young working woman, and you’ll know that one of the reasons she works so hard is so that she can save up for her future. Sure, the marriage age is a bit high here (and the birth rates are low), but that is largely because Singaporean women want to wait until they are fully capable of giving their children the best opportunities possible. They wait until they can find the best life partner, achieve stability in life, and earn enough money to pay for the kid’s schooling, home, and other luxuries. 

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