SERENA ADSIT, 40
Model and owner of her own modelling agency, Mint Singapore, which specialises in commercial modelling where “people work with their own age, size and shape”. “After 25 years of modelling and having been in eight agencies, I have seen how nasty people can be, and how they put you in a certain box and dictate that you have to be a certain weight and certain size. The last thing I want to be is to be a person who does that. We build people up rather than break them down or judge them on ridiculous ideals.”
Through Mint, Adsit is now working on a project which she hopes will “let both women and men know that it’s okay to not be perfect, and to love ourselves”. “It will either be a photo exhibition or an interview-style dialogue with pictures. Everyone has issues with themselves, and flaws, hidden or not. We want to bring attention to those flaws and show them off. It’s about letting go of that urge to be perfect.”
At home, Adsit is working on natural living and preparing more home-cooked meals. While she lives in a high-rise condo, she has been raising three ducks at home since May. They laid their first eggs in mid-October. The urban farmer also grows her own fruits and vegetables like bitter gourd, kang kong, and chia seed sprouts at home, which mostly all go to the ducks.
“I want to be my authentic self, and to live a life that is more efficient. I don’t want to be made up, filled with chemicals, or live in a way that governments and society tell you to. Doing the 15-step skincare routine is not for me.”
Embroidered mesh dress, $6,410, Chloe.