The quintessence of the modern woman, Taiwanese artiste Kelly Liao Yi Hsuan has dipped her toes en pointe into vast waters. A soloist at the Taiwan Chamber Ballet Dance Company? Checked. The face of Uniqlo, Sapporo Beer, and Nescafe? Double checked. And soon, come February 2018, Kelly will make her acting debut on our Singapore screens in Mediacorp’s Channel 8 drama series, Doppelganger.
“My first acting role has been very fun and challenging,” shares the 33-year-old Catwalk model and actress who plays a ballerina coming between the real-life celeb couple, Christopher Lee and Fann Wong. “Ballet, modelling and acting are all forms of performance art I love.”
The graceful and lithe Kelly accredits fate to her growing career, and shows us that our Mums probably know best. “My ballet career started when my mother sent me for ballet classes. I was reluctant to start modelling, but again, it was my Mum who convinced me! I’ve since learnt to go with the flow and let opportunities take it course naturally.”
Float dreamily across the dance floor with sheer layers of organza. Gown by My Dream Wedding.
In the pockets of free time she has between schedules, Kelly prefers to escape the hubbub of city life. “Usually after filming, I’ll either be at home sleeping, or taking a walk near my house. The greenery in Singapore makes me feel so comfortable, and everything I need is just right at my doorstep.”
For the uninitiated tourist in Singapore: Spots like Sentosa or the Night Safari are enough to satiate them. But, we’re impressed to find that Kelly appreciates a more authentic experience. “The moment I look at a Kopitiam menu, I feel like I’m truly in Singapore,” gushes Kelly. “The Kopitiams here have such a cosy and relaxing vibe. The breakfast we ordered today is one of my local favourites – two soft boiled eggs and kaya toasts!”
Recently, Kelly’s life has become a pas de deux. But unlike most girls, she had never had daydreams about grand weddings. “I had always thought that a simple dinner with both families would be good enough,” she says. “What we did, instead, was my Hubby’s dream wedding.”
Her Hubby’s determination to make this wedding dream come true swept the blissful couple off to a seaside church in Okinawa, Japan. “I actually broke down in tears when I saw my Dad, even before the church doors opened,” reminisced Kelly. “It was only when I had the full wedding experience, and that I realised how significant that was to me.”
Kelly’s gowns were just as dreamy as her fairytale wedding. The 1.75m model walked down the aisle in Taiwan in a princess dress, complete with a grand train, while Okinawa saw Kelly in a sweet dress adorned with little flowers. “My personal style is very casual and comfortable. Since I already dress down so much on regular days, I wanted to amp things up with my wedding dresses.” she quips.
With seven years of modelling experience under her belt, Kelly was keen to share her wedding photoshoot tips for brides-to-be. “Couples looking for a stylistic shoot can look for references on the Internet, and try out poses together in front of the mirror! You have to find your best angles, too. Get your husband to take pictures of you while you pose – it’s quite fun!”
Kelly is all too familiar with the pre-photoshoot jitters. “Never change up your whole skincare routine for the sake of beauty,” she warns. “I had a photoshoot for a skincare brand once, so the week before, I purchased some expensive skincare products I had never used before, but were recommended by friends. I ended up having an allergic reaction to it, and my skin was peeling! My pre-shoot tips are really simple. Just be relaxed, have enough sleep, and apply a face mask.”
Even after wiping down her makeup after the Wedding Porter photoshoot, Kelly’s complexion is still flawless and aglow. Surely, she must have her beauty secrets? “Sleep! And a calm, positive frame of mind. In the past, I used to be easily agitated and anxious. But now, I take a step back and steady myself, even in difficult times. For ladies, we shouldn’t anger or cry so easily. I used to cry a lot, and now theyre’ fine lines that eye creams won’t take away!” Kelly laughs.
“A contented heart never betrays you. If you think happy thoughts, it will always reflect back in the mirror.”
Model: Kelly Liao Yi Hsuan, Catwalk Asia model and artiste Photography: Edwin Tan (Lumina Photography) Videography: Teck Lim (Lumina Photography) Styling: Daniel Goh Makeup: Ernest Lim using YSL Beauty Hair: Nigel Woo (Passion Hair Salon) Jewellery: Emperor Watch & Jewellery Singapore Gowns: My Dream Wedding Tiara: GIOIELLI Story: Nicolette Wong
Shot on location at CHIJMES Hall and Alcove at Caldwell House and special thanks to the staff at CHIJMES for their warm hospitality.