Gor­geous on the in­side and out, these mother-daugh­ter duos share their def­i­ni­tions of beauty and the lessons they’ve learnt from each other. By Joyce Cheo and Dana Koh.

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - Pho­tographed by Dar­ren Gabriel Leow. Styled by Windy Aulia

Three mother-daugh­ter duos dis­cuss the chang­ing no­tions of beauty

The def­i­ni­tion of beauty is ever-chang­ing—be it Cleopa­tra of an­cient Egypt,Yang Guifei of the Tang Dynasty, or Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe of ’60s Hol­ly­wood, these women were con­sid­ered the epit­ome of beauty in the era they be­longed to. Fast for­ward to present day and, thanks to the in­creas­ingly in­clu­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of beauty, icons now span all ages, shapes and eth­nic­i­ties, em­pow­er­ing women across the world. But be­fore these in­spi­ra­tional vi­sions, a girl’s first beauty icon is of­ten her mother: From the ear­li­est mem­o­ries of watch­ing her mother get­ting primped and prepped, to steal­ing a swipe of lip­stick or a spritz of per­fume off the van­ity, these are the mo­ments that set the foun­da­tion for the beauty rit­u­als that she cul­ti­vates through her life. For many, it marks the start of the myr­iad life lessons a daugh­ter learns from her mother. Harper’s BAZAAR delves into the pre­cious bonds that re­in­force what it means to be truly beau­ti­ful through the decades. And re­mem­ber, mummy al­ways knows best.

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