A Lit­tle Bit Awks

CLEO (Singapore) - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

I’m a lit­tle bit late to the whole Awk­wa­fina party. The coolest of kids will have known her since she started rap­ping about her lady bits back in 2013. I, on the other hand, was work­ing at a teen mag­a­zine at that time; which means while I’m ba­si­cally a walk­ing en­cy­clo­pe­dia for One Direc­tion and can re­cite the en­tire time­line for Justin and Se­lena’s re­la­tion­ship by heart, I’m sadly lack­ing in the comedic rap knowl­edge de­part­ment.

But, while I may be late to jump on the Awk­wa­fina band­wagon, now here I am mak­ing up for it with en­thu­si­asm. She's hi­lar­i­ous, has a unique take on things and isn’t afraid to tackle the big is­sues, speak­ing out on di­ver­sity and mak­ing sure her voice was truly her own be­fore she re­leased her new­est al­bum. Don’t take my word for it, though – read our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view on p24 and you’ll get what I mean. Then pre­pare to join me on the fan club band­wagon, be­cause this is the sum­mer of Awk­wa­fina – with two ma­jor movies ( Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians) and the men­tioned al­bum all drop­ping in the space of three months.

It seems apt that Crazy Rich Asians will be re­leased here in Au­gust, the same month the en­tire coun­try gets decked out in red and white. The hype around hav­ing Sin­ga­pore ap­pear in movie the­atres around the world is build­ing, so as Na­tional Day rolls around, we de­cided to take our dec­la­ra­tions of love be­yond the usual “Ma­ju­lah Sin­ga­pura” – we asked three lo­cal writ­ers to pen love let­ters to Sin­ga­pore on p56, and got eight artists to tell us what it’s re­ally like to be a cre­ative here on the lit­tle red dot on p70. I hope all these ex­cel­lent women leave you feel­ing as in­spired as we were!

Claire Starkey Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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