When I see lovers’ names carved in a tree, I don’t think that’s romantic. I think, ‘who brings a knife on a date?’
Sherine Tan hails from Malaysia, but her reason for coming to Singapore, to stay and to work, is as pragmatic as it is Singaporean. “When it comes to moving to a new place, Singapore is the closest,” Tan says. Her parents, however, are used to their daughter living apart from them: after secondary school, she studied in another Malaysian state. They know she can take care of herself. Besides, Singapore affords other opportunities for Tan. As a pageant veteran in her hometown of Penang, she decided to give the ones here a go. Since partaking in FHM Models 2015, The New Paper New Face 2015 and Miss All Nations 2014, she shows no signs of letting up, but has she ever thought about venturing into modelling? “I never really put myself out there for that. Pageants, yes, but it’s usually enter, try to win, join another pageant,” she says. Tan may have the fundamentals for posing and poise down pat, but feels she’s “too short anyway.” But clearly, that hasn’t stopped her, because last we check, she is now a talent for her friend’s burgeoning modelling agency, Absolute Models International. Take that, obstacles.