2016

JENNY TAY
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DIRECT FUNERAL SERVICES

2016

SUDHA NAIR
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FAMILY VIOLENCE SPECIALIST CENTRE

2015

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD 55TH ANNIVERSARY & WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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2015

PRISCILLA SHUNMUGAM
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
FASHION DESIGNER, ONG SHUNMUGAM

2015

ZURAIDAH ABDULLAH
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

2014

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
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2014

SIM CHI YIN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

2014

RACHEL ENG
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
JOINT MANAGING PARTNER, WONG PARTNERSHIP

2013

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
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2013

DR YEO SZE LING
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, A*STAR INSTITUTE FOR INFOCOMM RESEARCH

2013

ASSOC PROFESSOR LIM SWEE HIA
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SENIOR DIRECTOR, SINGHEALTH-ALICE LEE IAN

2011/12

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
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2011/12

JANICE WONG
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
CHEF & OWNER OF 2AM:DESSERTBAR

2011/12

PROFESSOR IVY NG
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SINGHEALTH

2010

DR OON CHIEW SENG
HER WORLD SPECIAL AWARD
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, APEX HARMONY LODGE

2010

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR, YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER & SPECIAL AWARD
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2010

DR MARISSA TEO
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
RESEARCH FELLOW, NATIONAL CANCER CENTRE SINGAPORE

2010

DR CHEONG KOON HEAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD

2009

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD 50TH ANNIVERSARY & WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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2009

SINGAPORE WOMEN'S EVEREST TEAM
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
MOUNTAINEERS

2009

LIM HWEE HUA
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CABINET MINISTER

2008

YIP PIN XIU
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
NATIONAL PARALYMPIC SWIMMER

2008

LAURENTIA TAN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN ATHLETE

2008

GOH SOO KHIM
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
CO-FOUNDER & FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SINGAPORE DANCE THEATRE

2007

MELISSA KWEE
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL VOLUNTEER & PHILANTHROPY CENTRE

2007

DR NOELEEN HEYZER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS & SOCIAL SCIENTIST

2006

ESTHER TAN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
NAVAL DIVER & ENDURANCE SPORTS SPECIALIST

2006

LIM SOO HOON
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF FINANCE

2005

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
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2005

THERESA GOH
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
NATIONAL PARALYMPIC SWIMMER

2005

EULEEN GOH
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, STANDARD CHARTERED SINGAPORE

2004

LI JIAWEI
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
FORMER NATIONAL TABLE TENNIS PLAYER

2004

ANNABEL PENNEFATHER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
LAWYER & VICE PRESIDENT, SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL

2003

DR WONG TING HWAY
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
SURGEON & HUMANITARIAN WORKER

2003

HALIMAH YACOB
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT & TRADE UNIONIST

2002

ELIM CHEW
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
ENTREPRENEUR & FOUNDER, 77TH STREET

2002

OLIVIA LUM
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FOUNDER & GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HYFLUX LTD

2001

STEFANIE SUN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
SINGER-SONGWRITER

2001

CHNG SEOK TIN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
ARTIST, WRITER & COMMUNITY WORKER

2000

JING JUNHONG
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
HEAD COACH, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TABLE TENNIS TEAM

2000

DR JENNIFER LEE
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, KK WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

1999

TERESA HSU
HER WORLD SPECIAL AWARD
FOUNDER, HOME FOR THE AGED SICK & HEART TO HEART SERVICES

1999

KIT CHAN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
SINGER & ACTRESS

1999

JENNIE CHUA
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL

1998

CLAIRE CHIANG
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BANYAN TREE HOLDINGS

1997

ELIZABETH SAM
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER DEPUTY PRESIDENT, OCBC BANK

1996

FANG AI LIAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHAIRMAN & MANAGING PARTNER, ERNST & YOUNG

1995

YU-FOO YEE SHOON
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER MINISTER OF STATE & TRADE UNIONIST

1994

LEAENA TAMBYAH
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FOUNDER, AWWA SPECIAL SCHOOL

1993

HEDWIG ANUAR
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER DIRECTOR, NATIONAL LIBRARY

1992

DR KANWALJIT SOIN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON & FIRST WOMAN NOMINATED MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

1991

PROFESSOR CHAN HENG CHEE
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE & CHAIRMAN, NAC
2001
STEFANIE SUN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER

At just 23, the local singing sensation is already a colossal hit in Taiwan, Beijing and Hong Kong. In less than two years she overtook Kit Chan, Mavis Hee and Tanya Chua to become the most successful local singer. Among her many awards is the local Favourite Music Artiste title at the first MTV Asia Awards. Stefanie Sun re-defines the term “youthful spirit”

Q: How would you define achievement?
Stefanie: You don’t need an award or status to have achieved something. I would consider myself successful if I had a balanced life i.e. being happy with my work, enjoying strong family ties and having somebody to love.

Q: You’ve shot to fame in two short years, won a string of awards, what has success taught you?
Stefanie: That you can do so much in so little time! But of course, not without a lot of hard work and a bit of luck. For me, I barely get to enjoy weekends or holidays. While other people are celebrating Christmas or Valentine’s, I’m performing somewhere… Not that I’m complaining because I am passionate about music.

Q: If you could change one thing about your life, what it would it be?
Stefanie: That I could have known sooner how much I could do in a short period because I wouldn’t want to waste more time!

Q: With such huge success for someone so young, how would you cope if it were to all fall apart one day?
Stefanie: Truth is, I am not afraid because I won’t see it as a failed career. With my marketing degree and networks in the music industry, I would branch out into other music-related work, like producing or arranging.

Q: Honestly though, have you ever felt like you’re heading for a burn-out?
Stefanie: It gets too, too much when I turn on the television, flip through magazines, go on the Net and I see myself everywhere! It’s like I’m two different persons—it’s really disgusting.

Q: Have you ever suffered a breakdown?
Stefanie: There was a period when I was working non-stop and getting increasingly depressed. One night I couldn’t sleep a wink and I felt a sudden urge to leave everything and escape to Hong Kong.

Q: What stopped you?
Stefanie: I thought about the people I worked with and realised that they work just as hard, but don’t get to enjoy the kind of perks I do, so what makes me think I was so special, that I was “suffering” more than them? Everything comes with a price, even stardom, so I knew I had to deal with the responsibilities of being a singer.

Q: With so much publicity, what’s some of the biggest gossip about Stefanie Sun?
Stefanie: That I am arrogant, unapproachable, a lesbian and an anorexic.

Q: And your response to them?
Stefanie: Ignoring it, because whatever you say is pointless as it fuels more speculation. When you deny it, you’ll be labelled a liar. Either way you lose.

Q: But you’re known for your sunny nature, is that your strength and winning formula then?
Stefanie: Yes, I can be diplomatic and yet get my point across. But because I am indifferent to people who don’t matter to me, it becomes a flaw because that’s why people think I’m arrogant. I’m not the sort to schmooze at post-event parties because I don’t see the point of making new friends for the sake of looking friendly. And if I do go to a party, I only talk to whoever I want, and not act like a public relations machine.

Q: Taiwanese singer Fei Xiang observed that today’s young singers are like puppets of their music company allowing themselves to be told what to wear, say and sing. Do you agree?
Stefanie: Of course when you’re young and green in the industry, it’s only right to leave it to the experts to groom your career. They know what’s best for you. I myself leave most of the major marketing decisions to my music company because I trust that they know what’s best for me, after all they are the ones who are most in touch with what the audience wants.

I don’t argue about small things like choice of clothes or which shows I have to go on. But when it comes to my music, it’s important that my opinions and ideas are respected, and they usually are.

Q: Stardom comes at a price you say, how has your fame affected your family?
Stefanie: I get really upset if they get harassed. For example, one sister was asked why she wasn’t as successful as me, and another sis was approached by a guy who handed her my CD to take home so I could sign it. That’s unnecessary pressure I don’t appreciate.

Q: How do your parents keep you grounded?
Stefanie: My dad always reminded me that a person who is short-sighted will always suffer setbacks. It just means that I need to be less impulsive, which I am, and look beyond the immediate stuff and understand the repercussions.

Q: What must you do when you come home?
Stefanie: I must eat dinner at home with my family—and I must have steamed fish and oh, yes, drive. I miss not driving in Taiwan, so I’ll get my dad to let me drive his car!

Q: And what do you do to chill out?
Stefanie: I used to be a party animal, wearing flamboyant wigs and going clubbing with my girlfriends. Now, I’m happiest hanging out with them at home, playing games like Monopoly and Taboo—I guess I must be growing old!

Q: Not so old that guys aren’t beating down your door with proposals!
Stefanie: No romance la… And fans are different, that’s adoration! That’s why I’m still looking and hoping for a boyfriend.

Q: What kind of guy qualifies?
Stefanie: Someone with a good sense of humour, and he must be capable, especially in his work, because I must respect someone before I can love him.

Q: If you had to give one piece of advice to youths today, what would it be?
Stefanie: To work as hard as you can towards your goals when you are still young. That when you have the energy and spirit of youth on your side, it’s an advantage against someone older. When my friends grumble about knocking off work an hour later than usual, I remind them of that. I didn’t get to where I am now by sitting around. HW

ALBUMS
July 2000: I am Sun Yanzi
Dec 2000: My Desired Happiness
July 2001: Kite
Jan 2002: Start

2001: STEFANIE’S BIG YEAR
12th Taiwan Golden Melody Awards: Nominated in six categories, Stefanie swept three awards for Best Newcomer (for Sun Yanzi album), Best Composer (for “The Happiness I Want”) and Best Composition (for “Dark Days” in Sun Yanzi album), edging out big names like Na Ying, Karen Mok and Jay Chou. China, General Evaluation for China Original Music Popularity List: Stefanie clinched awards for Best Newcomer in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and Best Taiwan Female Singer.

STEFANIE IS BEST NEW ARTISTE… MANY TIMES OVER
– Hong Kong’s TVB 8
– Beijing’s Channel V Music Awards
– Entertainment Weekly, China Times
– Singapore’s 93.3 Golden Melody Award
– CCTV-MTV Music Award
– 1st Universal Mandarin Top 20 Award
– 1st International Golden Melody Awards in Malaysia

STEFANIE IS QUEEN OF ADS:
2000-2002: Carefree sanitation pads
2000-2001: Motorola mobile phones & Subaru Impreza
2001: Lux hair products
2000: Real Taste (GuDao plum green tea in Taiwan) & Hang Ten apparel for autumn/winter