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Some of Singapore’s brightest music and lifestyle personalities are pretty darn talented in acting and modelling too. FEMALE ropes in Iman Fandi, Aisyah Aziz, Benjamin Kheng, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, Naomi Yeo, and Huda for our cheeky parody of today’s paparazzi-plagued celebrity culture to show off Spring Summer 2024’s hottest looks.


IMAN FANDI

Big news for Iman Fandi fans: She’s working on her debut album due out later this year. While the 23-year-old could not reveal too much at the point of writing, she lets on that the unnamed LP has been conceptualised to showcase a more personal side to her, adding to the anticipation, considering that she’s one of Singapore’s most in-demand celebrities and influencers who has grown up in the public eye. Next month, she will reveal the first single from it: an upbeat number about falling in love yet holding back due to pride. It’ll also mark the first time she’s collaborating with a guest singer from the region whose name she’s keeping a secret for now. We’re all ears. 

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Iman wears cashmere and silk coat, silk knit bodysuit, wool pants, cotton terrycloth cap and calfskin sandals, Hermes

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Iman wears fantasy cotton tweed jacket with jewelled buttons and matching bermuda shorts; leather handbag on metal chain and leather strap; metal earrings with strass and resin; and metal necklace with strass and matching bangle, Chanel

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Iman wears tweed jacket with sequins and jewelled buttons, cotton knit top and matching skirt, cotton and polyamide tights, lambskin crossbody bag on metal chain and leather strap, and cotton Mary Jane flats, Chanel

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Iman wears Celine by Hedi Slimane Racer lambskin jacket, Triomphe silk cropped top, Marco denim jeans, Monochroms 06 acetate sunglasses, Triomphe brass earrings and matching necklace, Tilly medium calfskin shoulder bag and Marco large calfskin belt with strass, Celine

AISYAH AZIZ

The velvet-throated chanteuse Aisyah Aziz has been pouring her energies into other artistic disciplines lately, including theatre. She counts her role as a doctor in the intimate and well-received Teater Ekamatra play Potong as a key highlight of 2023, sharing that acting in theatre has helped to ground her. That introspectiveness is evident, too, in her personal life: She recently started wearing a hijab and dressing modestly, a move sparked by “all that has happened around the world and things that have happened in my life”. “This is still unknown territory for me, but it’s very fun for me to see how I’ve evolved and to be able to focus on what’s important. I have so much more clarity now,” she says. This year, the 29-year-old will continue expanding her acting portfolio, taking part in a musical that will debut at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in May. Long-time fans can also look forward to a new EP later in the year. 

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Aisyah wears Ralph Lauren Collection charmeuse silk blouse and jersey maxi skirt; silk jacket (draped over arm) and Polo Ralph Lauren suede leather boots, Ralph Lauren; and her own nose ring and bangle. Leather clutch and metal earrings, & Other Stories. Cotton head scarf, Kaifiyyah. Stockings, stylist’s own

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Aisyah wears embellished silk-blend dress, Prada; and her own head scarf and nose ring. Metal fringe earrings with crystals (attached to head scarf), & Other Stories. Top (layered under dress), stylist’s own

NAOMI YEO

We’re firmly of the opinion that the comedic skits of Naomi Yeo’s husband Benjamin Kheng wouldn’t be half as funny without her – see the uber-viral “guess my fart” video that has racked up a whopping 9.6 million likes on Kheng’s TikTok account. The 29-year-old Yeo, however, holds her own as one of Singapore’s most beloved stars. With her honeyed vocals and winsome-meets-sophisticated personality, she’s the go-to voice artist and emcee among leading lifestyle and beauty brands here and in the region. The long-time yoga practitioner is also a force to be reckoned with in the wellness sphere and was anointed a Lululemon ambassador last year, going on to model for the athletic apparel retailer’s global and Asia-Pacific campaigns. Her plans for 2024? “Call it gravity, but I’ll take this year to delve deeper into a sense of self and contemplation. It’s not a simple task, but I believe this will help me stay present with friends, family and my environment. I look forward to evolving.” 

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Naomi wears wool cape, denim jeans and Toy suede ballerina flats with strass, Loewe; and her own tank top. Dolce & Gabbana acetate sunglasses with mirrored lenses (held in hand), W Optics

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Benjamin (left) wears silk shirt, leather shorts, and Fendi Lab leather and rubber clogs, Fendi; and his own earrings. Naomi wears cotton and silk dress, Filo mini metal ear cuffs with crystals, and Fendi First leather sandals, Fendi. Symbole acetate sunglasses (held in hand), Prada

BENJAMIN KHENG

In recent years, Benjamin Kheng has cemented himself as one of Singapore’s most brilliant and well-loved comedians through the skits he releases regularly on his eponymous Instagram and TikTok accounts. In 2023 though, the 33-year-old returned to his roots as a singer-songwriter in a big way, releasing Gloomy Boogie – his introspective debut solo album in which he addresses his over-a-decade-long career in the public eye (remember The Sam Willows?) as well as his struggles with mental health. This year will see the jovial multi-hyphenate flexing another kind of muscle: He plays a boxer fighting for money in the new period drama The Last Bout, which hits MeWatch this month. 

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Benjamin wears canvas overcoat and matching pants, and wool mesh top, Fendi; and his own earring and ring. Helux O Matter and acetate sunglasses (held in hand), Oakley

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Benjamin wears wool jacket, and matching waistcoat and pants, Gucci; and his own earrings and shoes. Cap, stylist’s own. GG canvas duffle bag with leather trim (on Benjamin’s manager in the background), Gucci

HUDA HELLRU

She first hit the pages of FEMALE five years ago as a budding rapper by the name of Huda Hellru, and then again when she changed her moniker – and sound – to the more lilting Akasha. Since then, this stunning 25-year-old of Malay and American heritage has gone by the mononymous Huda – her birth name – and dialled back on the music career, focusing instead on modelling as well as other endeavours, including exploring spirituality. Of course, music remains a core part of her life: Her fiance is rapper Yung Raja, whom she has been dating since 2016. 

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Huda wears silk dress and satin mules, Prada

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Raja (left) wears recycled nylon jacket, cotton shorts, Symbole acetate sunglasses and leather loafers, Prada; and his own scarf (worn on head) and socks. Huda (right) wears wool blazer and matching shorts, and wool and acetate skirt with brass eyelets, Prada; and her own jewellery and boots

YUNG RAJA AND FARIZ JABBA

At the point of writing, the hyper-fashionable rappers Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba had just moved into the new studio of their independent music label and creative agency Samabloc, which they co-founded last October with fellow artistes FlightSch, Riidem and Flo. “We created Samabloc to have the space necessary to create our best work and to continue pushing the creative envelope here in Singapore and Southeast Asia,” says Raja, 28. Inspired by the likes of A$AP Rocky’s own agency AWGE, the idea is to work with promising musicians and help elevate their craft, fulfilling the gap between signing to a major label and going completely indie. And as Fariz points out, there’s plenty of talent in Singapore. “It’s a matter of bringing people out of their silos and building connections,” says the 27-year-old.

Walking the talk, the five behind this hopeful venture will release a joint album in the middle of this year, all while working on their own projects. Fariz, for example, is focused on writing material for his debut album to be released in the second half of the year, while Raja is rebranding his nearly three-year-old clothing label Peace Oeuvre, expanding it beyond tees and hoodies to include a wider range of separates that “you can rock for any event”. 

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Fariz (second from left) wears acetate sunglasses and polyester mesh boots, Dolce & Gabbana; and his own Youths In Balaclava shirt, T-shirt and accessories, and pants. Raja (far right) wears Damier cotton and polyamide overshirt, cotton cargo shorts and leather sneakers, Louis Vuitton; and his own accessories and socks. Their musician pals YAØ (far left) and Tengy (second from right) wear Giorgio Armani polyamide sunglasses with mirrored lenses, W Optics; and their own clothes, shoes and accessories

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Fariz wears Giorgio Armani polyamide sunglasses with mirrored lenses, W Optics; and his own Youths In Balaclava jacket and accessories. Headphones, stylist’s own

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Raja wears Damoflage denim jacket and matching skate pants, and leather sneakers, Louis Vuitton; and his own sunglasses and scarf (worn on head)

COORDINATION KENG YANG SHUEN PHOTOGRAPHY STEFAN KHOO STYLING DAMIAN HUANG PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANTS ALIF & CHRISTOPHERWONG STYLING ASSISTANT DANESSA TONG HAIR & MAKE UP FOR BENJAMIN KHENG & NAOMI YEO SHASHAMSI, USING KMS & SHISEIDO HAIR & MAKE UP FOR HUDA, YUNG RAJA & FARIZ JABBA SHASHAMSI, USING KEUNE & DIOR BEAUTY HAIR & MAKE UP FOR IMAN FANDI & AISYAH AZIZ TAN ENG CHONG/KIZUKI + LIM MAKE UP FOR IMAN FANDI & AISYAH AZIZ WEEMING, USING CHANEL BEAUTY 

This article first appeared in the March 2024 Celebrity Edition of FEMALE