Entrepreneur, fashion designer, public relations maven … Selina Yeop Jr is a woman of many, many talents. Her love to dabble and excel in many varied industries is obvious to anyone who’s met her.
“All of these businesses are so much of what I am doing every day like getting to dress up, organise events, imparting knowledge and using my creativity that I feel so blessed that I am being paid for it!” enthused Selina in an interview with myeppo. “The greatest satisfaction for me is helping my clients achieve their goals.”
In the following Q&A, she shares more of her lifestyle, including her beauty must-haves….
Merdeka was last month and Malaysia Day is on Sept 16. What does Merdeka mean to you?
Merdeka to me means the freedom to choose to be who I am without judgement or prejudice!
How have you and your family adapted to the new norm?
For one, the GMS (“guilty mum syndrome”) has been greatly reduced! My sons have been great as they make the most of what they can do from their bedrooms. And I started cooking more for the family too.
What is a typical WFH day like for you?
I always start the day with an hour of walking. Then planning the day’s meals. As with everyone else, it’s loads of virtual meetings till around 6pm. In between, I potter around my garden to appreciate my living space! After dinner, I catch up with some reading or Netflix.
What’s the biggest lesson learnt during the pandemic?
I learnt that we must continue to be so grateful for every little thing we have. I learnt that maintaining good friendships is crucial too. Just because we don’t meet our friends doesn’t mean that we cannot stay connected. That’s why during this pandemic I am often sending gifts or food to my friends just to show them that they are in my thoughts.
What do you love most about your career? What gives you the greatest job satisfaction?
To answer this question, I first had to think of all the different businesses that I am involved in! I own a fashion label, a public relations company, sit on the Board of a public listed company, co-founded a professional image and training consultancy and recently started a company producing Microfibre wear.
All of these businesses are so much of what I am doing every day like getting to dress up, organise events, imparting knowledge and using my creativity that I feel so blessed that I am being paid for it! The greatest satisfaction for me is helping my clients achieve their goals.
When you have free time, what forms of wellness do you indulge in?
Walking. And learning more to understand about mental health.
What is your beauty routine like?
Nothing much except for making sure my face is properly cleaned, moisturised and protected from the sun!
What are your must-have beauty products?
Eucerin Sunblock SPF 50 is a must! I also swear by the crystal scented candles by 3Rituals to help with my beauty sleep and Olaplex hair care system to manage my blonde tresses.
Proudest accomplishments over the years?
The ability to pivot my businesses amidst challenging market situations and riding out cyclical economic conditions.
What makes you who you are today?
The wisdom that my parents have given me. Courageous friends who had constantly inspired me to believe that everything is possible and that mustard seed of faith that I have in life always having my back!
What’s your advice to younger people who want to follow in your footsteps?
Surround yourself with positive people. Look for mentors. Read and read some more!
Myeppo Talks To… is a weekly series in which we profile dynamic personalities. It is out every Monday. For more on Selina, follow her @selinayeopjr on Instagram.