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Singapore Tatler - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

The Sin­ga­pore Tatler team gets up-close and per­sonal with for­mer pres­i­dent Tony Tan Keng Yam

t is not ev­ery day you find your­self in a pres­i­den­tial suite with a for­mer pres­i­dent. The Sin­ga­pore Tatler team found our­selves en­sconced in the swanky Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore with Tony Tan Keng Yam for a very spe­cial 35th an­niver­sary cover shoot, and just be­fore the cam­eras started rolling, we screwed up the courage to ask a ques­tion (he later told us) no one had ever asked him be­fore: “Dr Tan… do you think… we could try chang­ing your hair part­ing?” We held our col­lec­tive breaths. In the split sec­ond be­fore he an­swered, you could have heard a pin drop. “Oh, no. No­body would recog­nise me,” he replied, mild but firm. Some­thing about the tim­ing of his re­sponse and that gen­tle tone was so en­dear­ing that the team broke out into peals of laugh­ter, re­lieved that our quest to cre­ate a strik­ing por­trait of Sin­ga­pore’s sev­enth pres­i­dent had not been mis­taken for im­per­ti­nence. In any case, there is some­thing to be said for a man who knows what he likes. Tan ap­peared in the first is­sue of Sin­ga­pore Tatler in 1982 with the ex­act same slicked

EX­TREME FO­CUS The Sin­ga­pore Tatler team scru­ti­nises each im­age as the shoot gets un­der­way at the lovely Four Sea­sons Pres­i­den­tial Suite

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