BAZAAR commemorates 10 years of bringing breast cancer awareness to the fore with chic collaborations, familiar faces, and high spirits, in an effort to spread one very important message. By Emmilyn Yeoh. Photographed by Aaron Lee. Styled by Mughni Che Din.
Since the birth of the first Harper’s BAZAAR Pink Project in 2008, BAZAAR has delved into a subject that was once considered taboo, and has pledged to raise breast cancer awareness in one way or another. From collaborating with Nick Munro, award-winning British designer and pewter collaborator at Royal Selangor, to an exclusive pink T-shirt partnership with LA fashion label, T-Bags, the message of courage over adversity has never been stronger. Ten years later, and the conversation continues as BAZAAR turns to some of Malaysia’s most prominent fashion designers to be a part of a project that’s dear to our hearts. The result is nine exclusive pink merchandise, from pearl-studded ribbons to batik-inspired tote bags in a show of solidarity and a symbol of empowerment. With proceeds going to Breast Cancer Foundation, BAZAAR invites all women of strength and character to join us on our journey of highlighting breast cancer awareness through our series of fashionable images, which capture the essence of pride, love, and life. With each turn of the page, remember: wear a ribbon, make a difference.
Shen-Tel Lee, Sereni & Shentel; Bowerhaus
Female empowerment starts with … Good upbringing and education. As a new mother, my greatest job to date is to educate my boys on gender equality, as well as to empower them to live a life that is true to who they are.
Going over the top with pink is … Having your hair up in a pink gingham scrunchie whilst slurping down a bowl of Sarawak laksa.
The perfect pink outfit starts with … A ballet-pink Repetto dress, a sleek ponytail with a nude lip, pearl earrings, finished off with a pair of pale-pink ballerina shoes—by Sereni & Shentel, no less.
Elizabeth Lee Yong, Bowerhaus
Fashion weakness … Handbags!
Favourite pink things … Vintage pink Chanel tweed jacket passed down from my mother, baby-pink Kelly from Hermès, and OPI Nail Polish in Bubble Bath.
Female empowerment means … Having the confidence to follow your dreams in an environment that encourages you to do your best and doesn’t hold you back.
When wearing the Bowerhaus pink ribbon … Women should feel the positive power that love can give a person. We want women to feel proud and special when they put it on; proud that they are helping to find a cure, and honoured that they’ve contributed to a worthy cause.
Sereni Linggi, Sereni & Shentel
Pink styling means … Having different shades of the hue from head to toe.
Pink reminds you of … My lovely daughters who are into anything that is pink.
The ultimate pink outfit is … Marilyn Monroe’s dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
The Sereni & Shentel pink ribbon signifies … Female empowerment in the brightest way possible. We chose our signature silver flower, sewn onto a blush-pink ribbon to represent the growing awareness of the disease. The shiny petals symbolise a bright future for those affected by breast cancer.