The "Ah Jie" of local showbiz Zoe Tay picked up an award for being an outstanding fashion icon at the inaugural #styleXSG50 Awards last Friday, but the Queen of Caldecott Hill revealed that she can be "quite dumb" when it comes to keeping up with fashion trends.
Speaking to The New Paper at the event held at Wisma Atria, the 47-year-old actress said: "I think I am actually quite dumb, yet quite smart. I try to keep it simple, I go for timeless and basic pieces so that I can still wear them even when a fashion trend has passed.
"I can put on some accessories to mix and match with the basic pieces. They won't go wrong for me, as it is classy and classic.
"So I would say that I am not so smart, but maybe smart at the same time when it comes to fashion."
Tay joined close to a hundred invited guests at the event, which was organised by local actress Sharon Au and her team at local fashion portal styleXstyle.
MediaCorp artists Ian Fang, Felicia Chin, Bonnie Loo and others were at the event, which recognised 50 movers and shakers in fashion, music, food and the arts in Singapore over the years.
Other winners who showed up included chef Willin Low, fashion/creative director Daniel Boey and radio deejay Chris Ho.
Tay looked stunning in an all-black ensemble, complete with a black leather jacket.
Her A-list status was evident, as well-dressed guests swarmed round and asked for photo opportunities when she turned up.
The veteran TV star, who has looked ageless over the years, said: "I am very fortunate as I have many advisers around me to give me good tips on fashion and good beauty advice.
"I also look at people around me and observe how they dress. Social media is so common now, so I can go online to see how people around my age carry themselves well."
SHE'S ALL REAL
Tay also does not believe in turning to plastic surgery to preserve her looks.
She revealed that a few years ago, several people had asked her to go under the knife and it made her wonder: "Do I look that bad?"
She said: "But in these (past) two years, I've received many compliments from people saying that I manage to look this good at my age and I felt relieved and lucky that I didn't do anything to my face back then.
"Most importantly, we must have enough rest, keep a positive mind, drink lots of water and exercise. It really makes a huge difference to your health."
Besides, she believes in ageing gracefully, adding: "Sometimes, you might look better as you get older because your personality changed - you become sexier and more confident.
"It's beauty from inside out."
With her svelte figure, one would think that the mother of three would look good in any outfit.
However, she said matter-of-factly: "I don't think I can carry off funky-looking dresses.
"Perhaps I could still wear them in my earlier days, but I am not the type who wears such outfits.
"My stylists would also not dress me in funky clothes unless my character in dramas require it. (They) know what looks good on me."
Work-wise, Tay flew to Cambodia on Saturday to promote her Channel 8 drama You Can Be An Angel Too, which is airing there. It was telecast here in January.
In the second half of the year, she will be busy filming the sequel to the highly-rated Channel 8 blockbuster drama The Dream Makers.
Despite her hectic schedule, Tay always tries to make time to exercise.
"I am trying to exercise more, starting this year. I really felt the difference. I feel more energetic and my skin is more glowing and feels tighter."
This article was first published on May 25, 2015.
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