Mum, my beauty kaki

Mum, my beauty kaki
Former South African model Wendy Jacobs and her daughter Iman Fandi count bleaching their arm hair as their mother-daughter activity.

At the age of two, my mum got me my first job.

I had to pretend to be asleep for a Baygon TV commercial which featured Ben E. King's hit song Stand By Me.

This led to other modelling jobs, including one for a golf magazine, where I got to wear flower-printed OshKosh B'Gosh overalls and star alongside actor Edmund Chen.

Between the ages of two and five, mum would teach me how to pose for pictures, which she would send to talent agencies, for the fun of it. It stopped when my parents grew too busy to drive me to photoshoots.

Mum is still fascinated with the world of fashion and beauty.

Part of her daily routine is to pore over fashion and beauty magazines before bedtime. Urban has always been part of her reading list even before I joined the team.

She has a huge collection of everything - clothes, shoes, bags and beauty products.

As a child, I was fascinated by her miniature perfume collection. I remember spending a lot of time peering through the display cabinet richly stocked with at least 500 intricate and coloured bottles.

I often joke that she has single-handedly transformed our home into a department store. Her clothes, bags and beauty products have even spilled into the living-room cabinets. Poor dad has only a small section for clothes in their bedroom.

However, I'm not complaining. She's always encouraging my sister and I to use her stuff.

Even though mum has a huge stash of skincare products for me to experiment with, dad, who grew up with problem skin, has better beauty tips.

In secondary school, he taught me how to make an egg-white facial mask and to unclog my pores by placing my face over a pail of hot water. Both left me with clearer-looking skin.

With two parents who emphasise the importance of looking good, it's no wonder I've developed an interest in fashion and beauty.

To celebrate Mother's Day, we interviewed four mother-daughter pairs who bond through their shared interest in beauty topics.

Former South African model Wendy Jacobs and her daughter Iman Fandi count bleaching their arm hair as their mother-daughter activity.

As for legal counsel Lee Wan Jing, her mother's beauty business - the Citispa chain - has prompted her to take up night classes in beauty therapy.

To all mums out there, have a beautiful Mother's Day.

This article was first published on May 8, 2015.
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