Edi­tor's Let­ter

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - KEN­NETH GOH Edi­tor-in-Chief KENNIEBOY

It was kind of a eureka mo­ment when we de­cided to work with Chrissy Teigen for our Au­gust is­sue. Tra­di­tion­ally a month when we cel­e­brate all things Sin­ga­pore, since it’s our coun­try’s Na­tional Day on 9 Au­gust, I had to think, what mat­ters most to our read­ers and Sin­ga­pore? Well, I looked to my team for in­spi­ra­tion: What were they talk­ing about? What were they look­ing at? First, they all had some­thing in their mouths—some were munch­ing on mac­arons while oth­ers were try­ing the var­i­ous tid­bits from the team’s global trav­els. Food clearly is a na­tional ob­ses­sion shared by all. Pak­kee Tan, our Se­nior Dig­i­tal Writer, squealed, “Guys, you have to try this!” “This” be­ing the sakura mac­aron from TWG. Next was the ex­cited clamour around the com­puter screens as Lip Sync Bat­tle was brought up. Nat­u­rally, ev­ery­one had some­thing to say about Chrissy Teigen. How she looks is a ma­jor talk­ing point, and I must ad­mit she has a body made for sin. I didn’t re­alise she is so loved by women and that her red car­pet looks are a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion and com­men­tary. I’d al­ways thought she was a lit­tle crazy with her can­did tweets and mad an­tics on TV. But clearly, crazy works for to­day’s mil­len­ni­als. Add the fact that Chrissy is in the midst of work­ing on her sec­ond cook­book, and it only made sense to have her on the cover of our food is­sue. Many ne­go­ti­a­tions later, I flew up to L.A. to shoot Chrissy in May. I didn’t ex­pect some­one so warm and down-to-earth to ap­pear on set. She walked into the stu­dio on time, dressed in a loose ki­mono, over­sized white t-shirt and nude thigh-high suede boots. Barefaced, smil­ing and nurs­ing a bruised cheek from a fall a few days ear­lier, many a lesser star would have can­celled the shoot but Chrissy trusted Yu Tsai, our won­der­ful pho­tog­ra­pher, to make her look in­cred­i­ble.And just how cool is she on our pages? Hon­est, too. Chrissy was so can­did about life with John—when they have sex; and food, food, food! She’s also funny and bril­liant at mak­ing fun of her­self. When I con­fessed that I’m ob­sessed with Thai food, Chrissy, be­ing part Thai, started chat­ting to me in bro­ken Thai and be­fore long, we were rolling on the bed laugh­ing. Spon­ta­neous and ef­fer­ves­cent, she even brought her daugh­ter Luna on set to share a mac­aron. This was prob­a­bly my most fun shoot ever and if you see our video to­gether on BAZAAR’s web­site, I think you will agree.We also have our own foodie girls in Sin­ga­pore, from chef/host/ac­tress An­gela May to COMO Shamb­hala’s res­i­dent di­eti­cian, Eve Per­sak. Read what they have to say about their food trails and tri­als on page 114.This month, it’s about a cel­e­bra­tion of food, fashion and fun—what bet­ter way is there to cel­e­brate Sin­ga­pore? So kick up your heels and en­joy what these pages bring you—it’s lip-smack­ingly yummy.

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