Asia's Most Wanted: Malaysia's Most Eligible Ladies
Editors of the Asia Tatler titles scoured the region to find them—the sort of jet-setting, merger-making, brainy beauties that any man (or woman) would fawn over. But between managing funds and running hotels, restaurants and fashion empires, as well as being philanthropists and politicians, these high-flying singletons barely touch the ground. They are undoubtedly the most swipe-right of city slickers, stars and socialites, but the question is: can anyone pin them down?
NATURAL HABITAT: Being the boss in the kitchen.
PERKS: Tables at two of Kuala Lumpur’s premier restaurants and, of course, mouth-watering food.
2/9Lee Yin Yen
This health-conscious hottie branched out from her family’s natural healthcare business, Lo Hong Ka, to launch her own brand, Point Free, which uses traditional ingredients (think bird’s nest, red dates) and packages them for the modern consumer.
LIKES: Travelling, training and trying new food spots.
Not only is this powerhouse the corporate finance manager of her family firm, YTL Corporation, but she’s also a member of the Global Shapers Community and has even pioneered her own social projects: Nimble Fingers Cambodia and Recyclothes. Multitasker is her nickname.
NATURAL HABITAT: Indoor cycling—she can be spotted regularly riding the hardest RPM classes.
She founded her clothing brand, Twenty3, when she was only—you guessed it—23 years old. The brand has grown from an e-commerce business to designing and manufacturing its own pieces, which have been showcased at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week and are now stocked in boutiques across Malaysia.
NATURAL HABITAT: The office—success doesn’t come easy.
PERKS: She has the voice of an angel.
5/9Yunalis Mat Zara'ai
Her single Crush featuring Usher peaked at No. 3 on the US R&B chart, and its music video gained more than 30 million views, so it’s safe to say this songstress has arrived on the international scene. As a Muslim woman in a sexualised industry, Yuna refuses to compromise her beliefs and has achieved success in the US against the odds. She launched her clothing line, November Culture, last year.
PERKS: Did we mention she’s mates with Usher?
This Duke University graduate put a degree combining child development psychology with minors in markets and management to good use by founding a kindergarten that integrates different learning approaches.
NATURAL HABITAT: Art exhibitions, music festivals or anywhere that gets the creative juices flowing.
DID YOU KNOW? She was a national sprinter at the age of 16, so watch she doesn’t run circles around you.
Valerie, like dad Eric Ong, is big in property. As a director of the KIP Group, she’s a major force behind its move into the hotel business.
NATURAL HABITAT: Picking out sunnies from Lapiz, a brand she helped bring to Malaysia.
PERKS: Given her previous experience at a travel agency, holidays with the hotelier are bound to be world-class.
8/9Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor
Since being crowned the 8th Miss Teen Malaysia, Neelofa has appeared in an impressive array of television shows and movies. Alongside her career in entertainment, she founded Naelofar Hijab, now one of Malaysia’s biggest headscarf brands.
PERKS: She’s got a whopping 4.8 million followers on Instagram, so if you’re lucky you’ll score a regram or two.
This queen of accessorising founded The Bag Atelier—an online emporium of customisable crystal-embellished clutches—while simultaneously nailing a career as executive director of her family’s business, SKB Shutters.
NATURAL HABITAT: Scouting the stores for some edgy arm swag.
PSST: She’s got a penchant for all things sparkly, so don’t hold back on those gifts that come in little velvet boxes.
PERKS: You’ll never be short of quality aluminium shutters or super-sparkly arm candy. What more could you need?