To celebrate two decades of empowerment and our 20th Anniversary, The Weekly in partnership with PANDORA, zooms in on 20 fierce, focused and forward-looking women who and inspiring and encouraging others to reach their full potential. Welcome to 2020 Vision!
When thinking of fashion, one doesn’t immediately associate lace dresses, mini-skirts and thigh-high boots as empowering. But that’s exactly the myth that Elizabeth, a second generation Singaporean business owner, aims to dispel.
“I want women to remember that fashion is liberating,” she declares. “Historically, clothes serve as a conduit of popular expressions and personal views, be it political or artistic. So, for me, fashion is absolutely about empowerment.”
As Managing Director of Heatwave shoes, a family-owned business started by her father in 2001, Elizabeth wants to spread the message of fashion as empowerment further than it has gone before.
“When a woman wears our shoes, she walks a little more confidently, stands a little taller, struts a little more sexily,” she says. “Can a pair of shoes change someone’s life? Maybe it can’t but a reliable pair of shoes sure can make a woman’s journey towards empowerment more comfortable.”
It is unthinkable that on top of her day job, this mother-of-one also finds time to help others. In her role as co-founder of healthcare non-profit, Sight To Sky, Elizabeth helps to bring mobile clinics that treat conditions like dry eye, conjunctivitis and cataracts to remote Himalayan communities.
“I saw first-hand how much medical attention was lacking when I travelled to Ladakh in 2009,” she recalls. “When I came back, I joined forces with a local NGO to launch medical missions to the region because when you’re in a position of privilege it’s really hard to turn your back on helping others.”
It’s wonderful being a woman because… women are not defined by the roles they play in life, but rather, their life journeys.
Elizabeth took part in a photoshoot with us to showcase some of PANDORA’s latest offerings. Scroll through the gallery below to see what she’s wearing:
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