Starting over at 51

Starting over at 51

She is in her 50s but life is taking a new turn for former Singapore supermodel Pat Kraal.

After two decades as a housewife in Paris, France, she is getting back into the workforce again.

Kraal, 51, has been working as a model talent scout with Global Faces Management, a France-based company, for the last seven months. She has been mostly promoting Carrie Models International talents from Singapore, Hong Kong and China in Paris and pushing them for an international career.

This keeps her busy while she continues to juggle household chores like cooking, cleaning and driving her four children - Aurea, Anton, April and Ashley, aged between 13 and 22 - to school.

It might seem like a sudden decision. But for Kraal, it was a necessary move.

She is in the midst of divorce proceedings - an eight-year ordeal hampered by "complications" that she hopes will come to an end soon.

It will dissolve her 23-year marriage to a French businessman, now in his 50s.

According to her, a third party was involved. The alleged affair was a blow to her, resulting in her losing 7kg in a few days.

Kraal then filed for divorce.

She told The New Paper yesterday at Oasis Lounge in Jurong Point: "I have to learn to provide for myself and for the children.

"I did wonder what I would do - I'm 50-odd years old and looking for a job.

"But the opportunity to work as a booker came at the right time and I was very grateful for that."

The former Carrie Models talent was approached by its managing director Linda Teo last year and she gladly took up the offer.

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