Woman of the Hour

Malaysia Tatler - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

Datin Dian Lee

It is hard to be­lieve that Datin Dian Lee last graced our cover in 2007—when she was in her mid 20s, fresh af­ter her wed­ding to busi­ness­man Datuk Jared Lim. “That was be­fore chil­dren, the BC era,” she laugh­ingly termed it, dur­ing a video in­ter­view we filmed last year for Malaysi­atatler.com. This month, Datin Dian is re­turn­ing to the front page of Malaysia Tatler, as the face of our 29th an­niver­sary is­sue and the re­cip­i­ent of our Most Stylish Woman award. Dressed in a loose white shirt, denim shorts and jacket, Datin Dian looked ef­fort­lessly chic as she ar­rived for our 9am call time for hair and makeup. She had just re­turned from a div­ing trip with her fam­ily and sported a slight tan from the sun-soaked hol­i­days. Her eyes lit up as she spot­ted the wardrobe full of the lat­est out­fits from lo­cal de­sign­ers, oohing and aahing at the fab­rics, de­signs and sil­hou­ettes. “It’s an ex­cit­ing time for Malaysian fash­ion right now and I am proud to be able to wear th­ese pieces,” she says ex­cit­edly. To warm up for the photo shoot, she re­quested for pho­tog­ra­pher Aaron Lee to play a Spo­tify playlist she has been ob­sessed with— the Crazy Rich Asians sound­track. Datin Dian, who had a two-sec­ond cameo in the film, vis­i­bly perked up when the play­ful tune of Jas­mine Chen’s Wa Yao Ni De Ai came up on the speaker. “It’s been a won­der­ful, emo­tional l year for me. Be­ing able to be a part of this Hol­ly­wood movie, cel­e­brated for its all-asian n cast, tops it all off,” says our cover star. We then chat­ted about how she felt about t win­ning our Most Stylish Woman award, to which she replies, “I still can’t be­lieve that Tatler picked me. But I am flat­tered to know that the award recog­nises style in terms of more than just clothes and fash­ion. That’s a phi­los­o­phy that I be­lieve in and there­fore it makes this award even more spe­cial to me.” Turn to page 148 to read about her jour­ney of re­birth and rein­ven­tion in the past decade.

Datin Dian’s bril­liant per­son­al­ity is ri­valled only by the Cartier jew­ellery she is wear­ing: Trin­ity de Cartier neck­lace, Cac­tus de Cartier ear­rings, and Coup d'éclat de Cartier ring

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