Retired swim star Russell Ong shares his fashion style and future plans

Retired swim star Russell Ong shares his fashion style and future plans
National swimmer Russell Ong

Local swimming's golden boy Russell Ong needs no introduction.

The winner of nine South-east Asian (SEA) Games medals retired from the National team in March and has plans to join showbiz.

The New Paper on Sunday gets Ong, 26, to model for us and share his personal style and preferences.

A swimmer's physique makes it a) easy b) crazy c) impossible to find clothes. Why?

Easy. I've heard the female swimmers complaining about not being able to find fitting clothes but guys have it easier.

What are your sartorial choices on the weekends like?

I like to keep my outfits casual but dress up with accessories like bracelets. It is tough to layer in a tropical climate, so usually I'll go with a plain T-shirt or nicely-pressed shirt. I'm not exactly a fan of prints.

What if you're going to hit town on a big night out?

My friends and I usually head out after dinner or functions, so we lose the blazers and head to the clubs in our dinner shirts and pants.

What's your best feature?

I would say my confidence. I believe that confidence cannot be bought but cultivated. It creates an aura of positivity that people can feel.

How do you dress that up?

I feel that confidence helps you pull off anything. If you believe in yourself -that's all that matters.

What is the biggest turn on?

I value intelligence. Nothing is sexier than a woman who can hold her own.

Biggest turn off?

Divas. Girls who feel that the world owes them everything really gets to me, and I try to stay clear of them.

You decided to retire from your career as a national swimmer recently. What is your next step in life?

Retiring from competitive swimming was something I had tried to prepare myself for since two years ago. It was hard. But since then, I've been kept busy. I recently signed with Beam Artistes and am currently dipping my toes into the entertainment industry.

I don't want to reveal too much at this moment, but you'll probably be seeing me on your TV screen soon!

This article was first published on May 17, 2015.
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