As an introvert, Ong Bee Yan never imagined she would one day become a model. But in 2019, when a young Singaporean designer recruited her to be part of a brand campaign, Ong decided to bite the bullet.
“I’m shy in front of the camera, but I figured if a stranger trusted me so much, why should I doubt myself,” said Ong, 65.
With her eye-catching silver hair and an aura of unruffled cool, the photoshoot with Graye Studio caught the attention of other players in the fashion industry.
Soon, model offers started pouring in and since then she has been on shoots for brands such as UOB and IT Cosmetics.
She has also been featured in publications such as Her World, Today Online, Mothership, and even the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.
“I decided to face my fears, get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I told myself to embrace my age instead of letting it restrict or define me.
Indeed, this positive attitude has brought the ever versatile Ong on many adventures at a point in life where many others prefer to relax after retirement.
At the end of 2016, the former graphic designer decided to start a cold brew coffee business, 1 ° C, with her husband Richard Koh when the latter was laid off following a business restructuring exercise.