SER­ENA ADSIT, 40

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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.

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