Here at Sassy, we’re constantly inspired by smart, boundary-pushing women who thrive and get ahead in life. And believe us when we say that we’ve met our fair share of Superwomen. In light of International Women’s Day this 8 March, we’re showing some love to these amazing powerhouses who are embarking on life-changing adventures and producing innovative and empowering work that are setting the bar for women everywhere. From a social media powerhouse to a baker and mountaineer, these are 10 power players in our little red dot that we should all know on a first name basis. This is an all girls club only, boys – not allowed.
This multi-hyphenated rockstar of a woman is who we want to be when we grow up. As one quarter of Singapore’s folk quartet The Sam Willows, Sandra is famously known for stealing hearts with her melodious voice. As Creative Director of an online collective, she also curates a range of handmade accessories, calligraphy and art and a personal art collection that’s put up for sale on www.rileyartofficial.com. And did we mention she’s a yogi? Opening up the first home-concept yoga studio here in Singapore, Sandra and her partner Pamela Yeo aspire to make people feel right at home in their studio and hope to use the space to support the local market. How does she juggle so many passions in one plate you might ask? Well, that’s the reason she’s on our list.
Tracy Phillips has played a big role in shaping the nightlight and cultural landscape in Singapore thanks to her hefty number of years as Marketing Manager of Zouk Singapore. Further establishing herself as a style icon and tastemaker in the local fashion scene, Tracy then set up her own creative consultancy called Present Purpose to combine two of life’s essentials for a more fulfilling existence – being present and finding purpose. Gotta love an intelligent woman!
Who: Girl Boss of Fluff Bakery
This spunky lass is the founder of one of the best halal cupcakes in town. Cupcakes so good that there’s a line even before the store opens for business and it stretches for hours on end on some days (true story). Her life is full of rainbows and an endless cascade of flour, sprinkles, and cake. Lots of cake. Spending much of her time mixing flavours up to create eclectic combinations from Pandan Kaya to Green Apple Yakult, Syaira has established her cupcake house as one that pushes the envelope when it comes to whimsical flavours and recipes.
Being the first woman from South East Asia to complete seven summits in the highest peaks of seven continents, Jane Lee is one fiercely determined individual. After successfully scaling Mount Everest, Jane quit her job to become a full-time mountaineer. At just 31 years of age, she’s pushed the limits of physical and mental endurance and has weathered through the stormiest of winters and hottest of summers. With mental and physical strengths unlike any other women we know, Jane also regularly gives talks at schools to encourage kids to find a passion and follow it with every ounce of grit. Because “it’s important for everyone to clim their own Everest.”
This bright-faced dimpled beauty has a massive following on Instagram and it’s not hard to see why. This poised femme co-founded one of the pioneering online stores in Singapore and it has now grown into a business that’s worth a seven-figure sum. With her foot set in business, Velda heads on to open a lobster restaurant called Pince & Pints with her husband, Freddy Yap.
Hani & Aisah Dalduri
Who: Girl Bosses of Creative Textile and Printing Company, Fictive Fingers
We like to call them the authorities of silk-screen printing here in Singapore. Born out of a casual dinner conversation between sisters, Hani and Aisah are a complementary pair that brings joy and love to every endeavour that they take on. With a love for textiles and the joy of handmade products, this talented duo employ self-trained precision and traditional printing methods to create a small-scale production of bags, pouches and homewares that has now amassed a huge global following. The warm sisters also believe in the strong bond of the community and conducts regular workshops and events in their studio.
Who: Jewellery Designer
This local innovator creates beautiful jewellery for her label, By Invite Only. The forward-thinking designer Trixie produces pieces that are hand assembled in her studio and constantly incorporates intriguing materials into her designs like semi-precious stones and crystals. Trixie creates jewellery for people who’d like to bring out their edgy inner rebel. Her brand is stocked at several multi-label boutiques in Singapore as well as stores around the world from Hong Kong, to Osaka and London.
Who: Girl Boss of Social Influence Marketing Agency, GOODSTUPH
A respected individual in the creative field, Pat Law is a force to be reckoned with. Nominated in Women’s Weekly Singapore as “Women of Our Time” in 2010 and “50 Most Inspiring People under 40” by Her World, Pat makes her clients look cool through social media. Her creative campaigns and direction are sought after by many and if you’d just pay a visit to her quirky and wacky site, you’d understand why.
Who: Professional Rower and a SEA Gold Medalist for Rowing
Clinching the first-ever individual Gold Medal at the Southeast Asia Games, Saiyidah Aisyah was the only competitive female rower at the Games in 2013. The winner of the women’s 2,000m lightweight single sculls race prove her non-believers wrong because nobody thought an ordinary Malay girl could bring glory to the country.