Someone once said you don’t get into journalism for the money, you do it for an interesting life.
I started out working for women’s magazines in Asia. Singapore to be specific. My first job as Fashion and Beauty Writer at Her World (the country’s biggest selling women’s magazine) was a great training ground on a small editorial team. My role involved not only writing copy, from news snippets to long-form features, interviewing ‘real people’ and celebrities and attending press conferences and launches but also casting models, styling photoshoots, calling in clothes for fashion shoots and schlepping around shops on the hunt for interesting products to feature before hauling it all back to the office. In heels.
Later I became Contributing Editor at The Bangkok Post as part of the team which launched themagazine, the national newspaper’s glossy weekend supplement.
Since then, the lure of the freedom of freelance life has taken me from Shanghai to Soho; from backstage at London Fashion Week to a beauty launch in a Malaysian rainforest; from a Chanel art installation in Seoul to unveil a lipstick; to behind the scenes of the Shiseido museum in Tokyo…