At Laneige we believe that beauty is more than skin deep: it’s also in the positive qualities that shine through from within us. Read stories of inspiring Malaysian women who believe in being more - and share your stories of how you personally #startglowing.
I was a journalist before joining SOLS 24/7 in Timor Leste as a teacher, continued my journey as an educator in Malaysia with SOLS, and then moved on to run things behind the scenes. Now I’m Managing Director. I would never have thought that a few years down the road, I would have been able to play such a big role in an NGO. The best part of the work is definitely getting to meet such amazing people from all over the world who are passionate about something that goes beyond material things, whether it’s about building something or working...Read More
Vivian Toh, 30
Co-Founder, Tsubaki Studio and CutOut magazine
My family upbringing was vital in shaping who I am today. I learned to be independent, listen before making judgments and make my own decisions. My father and I became very good friends when my mom was working abroad as a certified nurse. He taught me business skills since I was very little. We became each other’s pillar of support.
After I graduated with a bachelor’s degree, I did freelance writing for a publication for about a year before I moved on to bigger things. It was about the same time that my then boyfriend Jay Lim (now husband) brought
Jennifer Teh Yin Li, 29
I used to be a very shy girl who would rather stay hungry than tell the canteen aunty I wanted a plate of rice! So in my first job, I joined the sales line. Not because I loved sales, but because I wanted to learn how to deal with my fear. Friends around me used to ask me where i actually got my positive attitude from. I guess I have my job to thank for that! I give my all when comes to work.
But being diagnosed with the big C, it was very hard for me to accept it
Raeesa Sya, 26
Co-founder of Bfab (Brand development & Strategic Partnership)
I always knew I liked to dabble in tech and smartphones. I studied multimedia, coded and played with apps, and I always had the idea of building an app and selling it. I wanted to open a spa with a friend but instead, I made a joint venture with a tech company and built an app to discover individual beauty professionals nearby. That app was called LULU. but when I got an offer to join a new team, I sold it off and co-founded Bfab, an e-commerce platform for beauty services where you can book and find the best salons
Michelle Yesudas, 28
Human rights activist, Legal/campaign co-ordinator for Lawyers of Liberty
I started volunteering at various NGOs during university and I was truly inspired by the work of tireless human rights defenders. I had the privilege of finishing my chambering in an incredibly supportive firm that balanced both commercial and public interest work. As soon as I saw that Lawyers for Liberty were looking for a legal/campaign coordinator, I eagerly applied because it was exactly the type of lawyer I really wanted to be. I have been told that Malaysia is not the place to champion legal reforms, but it is possible to make small changes providing legal assistance and advice...Read More
Chin Xin-Ci, 28
I’m the founder of two safety-related mobile apps, Watch Over Me and Walky. Our flagship app, Watch Over Me, was launched in 2013 after an incident that happened and since I wasn’t doing much at the time, I thought, “Why not use what I know - technology and marketing - to try and do something about safety?” That’s pretty much how it started.
My team and I just launched our second safety-related app: Walky, which is available only in the USA (for now!). Walky takes crime and safety-related data and overlays it on a map to generate the shortest
Rachel and Marilyn Ang, 25
Cofounders and designers, Flint and Steel Borneo stationery
We’re identical twins from Kuching, but our paths took us to different places for a while. Marilyn was a graphic designer and Rachel was a sales and marketing executive. After we suffered the toughest loss of our lives, we found our escape in our bedroom, spending hours doing projects and creating things together after office hours. One thing led to another and eventually we quit our day jobs and went on to pursue this dream full-time.
It’s been a ride full of long working hours, late nights in front of the computer, mental blocks, new responsibilities, never-ending first times and
Nicole Tan, 34
Creative director, Mint Events and Soirées
I am very passionate about design and enjoy the highs of working in a creative field. I started my career in the advertising industry and subsequently dabbled in jewellery design. These stints spurred on my interests into a different area of the creative field: events. I stumbled into this new venture together with my partners by chance, born out of our collective love for DIY, design and detail. I am incredibly blessed to be doing what I love: designing events for people by offering experiential fun through conceptual and style-focused events.
Our biggest challenge was when we had to roll out
Prue Eian, 25
I decided to be my own boss at the age of 19, and co-founded Studio71 Malaysia in year 2010, running a bridal business together with my partner both here in Malaysia and abroad. I work more on the business side of the company, handling the company’s marketing operations and business development.
At the start it was interest and curiosity that made me join the field. I worked as a wedding planner with another company, and slowly realised the job was very meaningful to me. My partner (our current art director) and I both understand each other’s strength and weaknesses,
Foo Bihzhu, 32
I’m making music because I feel like I’m an instrument of love when I perform. That’s kinda like my mission in life. I quit my job in 2009 to focus on my music, but soon after that my band disbanded because my bandmate moved away to Singapore. In 2011 I decided to become a solo artist, and here I am! My career hasn’t blown up in a major way but it has a steady trajectory - I think that’s worked out for me as well. The local music scene is actually really supportive. I’m sure there’s drama and politics in
Careen Tan, 27
Lifestyle blogger, emcee and new mother
I started blogging since my high school days, way back when there was no Facebook or Instagram yet. It’s been a good 11 years journey so far. It started with the intention of documenting my life moments to share with my friends and family, then more and more people started reading and following my blog. Most of my regular readers have journeyed with me since my dating days to my wedding preparation, pregnancy experience and now, into motherhood! It still humbles me knowing that there are people out there drawing inspiration from what I do, even if it’s just the
Leong Mun Yee, 31
I’ve been diving for 21 years now. I started at the age of 10 in Ipoh, Perak, then got selected to join the national team for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
It hasn’t always been easy. When things get tough, I think of my goals and all the good things in life to stay optimistic. I think about why I started in the first place. When I’m doing what I love, and when I achieve my goals and targets, that’s when I’m happiest. Outside of my training I like to spend time with my family, friends and pets, catch a movie,
Goh Ke Pei
Life does not always give you what you want, but if you look closely you will see that it gives what you needs for growth.
I am Ke Pei, a typical third year chemical engineering student. My life was always smooth and I did not face any failures before. I had excellent results, protection from my parents, and a comfortable life. However, when entering university, I started to think: was I going to lead such a life until the end of my days? Getting good results just to get a good job in the future and secure my life? This was
Rachel Puen Chui Wen
Customer Happiness Executive
I had always been an overweight kid. My mouth could never seem to stop munching. I love food. I love exploring and tasting different kind of food. However the people around me couldn't seem to understand. I have been called all kinds of nasty names such as paus (whale in BM), fat dinosaur, mouth gym, fatty and many others. This really left a very deep scar in my confidence as the little Rachel took these comments and verbal attacks very personally.
Why did people say nasty things like that? What's wrong with me enjoying my food? What's wrong with eating
Chua Xue Li
As the saying goes, life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. I'm born with a so called not healthy body. I had my first, second and third operations when I was just 5 months old. I have been frequently admitted to hospital with all the needles, pokings, drips and so on and my parents had to close their factories for days just to care for me. Although I do not exactly remember anything from those times, listening to the experiences of both of my parents while taking care of me really gave me
Jochebed Isaacs, 33
Director, Senior Supervisor and Psychologist, EAP Malaysia
Growing up, my siblings and I were always encouraged to look out for the disadvantaged and to help others as much as we could. I started visiting orphanages at 4 years old and held my first “fundraiser” at 7 years old with the help of my parents. For my tertiary education, I had decided to pursue a degree that would help others and so I chose Psychology. I started working with children with autism as a part-time job and was blown away by the progress the children were making through the ABA programme. I’ve continued with this field ever since!
I'm a handicapped person. I have eye problems and only can see on one side. When I was growing up, everything upset me. I can't deny that I felt so bad. Then I lost my confidence when I got to know that certain people including my family underestimated me. I knew they were worried about me, so they didn't allow me to go anywhere or do anything alone. But the effect was that I couldn't do anything by myself and even if I wanted to, I didn't know how.
So criticisms always came to me. At school, they said I
I was a single mother at age 22. During college, I found out I was pregnant. Everything was ruined when the guy told me he didn’t want this unexpected surprise and I had to face all the stress from my family and the people around me. I used to be timid and easily hurt, but to protect my baby, I choose to follow my own way without listening to my family and friends.
Now my boy is 13 years old, healthy and well. I have my own career in the insurance industry now, and I feel thankful and lucky that I
Tan Zhi Shan
"People around me always kept on asking the same question: “What made you become a teacher?” Still, I could not give a relevant answer to that question. When I was just a little girl, I did ask my parents, ‘What will I be?’ A drastic change in my family turned me down. As the eldest daughter in my family, I knew that I should abandon my dreams. Everything I wanted to fulfill was not on the right timing. Becoming a doctor? It was the joke of the year. Perhaps, during my youth, I thought that the only way to inspire
Jaymee Tan Yee Ming, 30
Founder and CEO of Cheer Aspirations, former Team Malaysia cheerleading coach
I started off as a cheerleader back in high school. While I was a shy, quiet student, somehow I fell in love with the sport! I kept on cheering after graduation and went on to become one
of Malaysia’s first internationally certified cheerleading coaches and judges in - all while completing my degree and masters in engineering.
There was no such thing as a cheerleading company back then, or even anyone coaching cheerleading as a job. We had no clue how to turn it into a career, but we did know that we were crazy for cheerleading, and it was what