Glamorous Game Changers

These fierce and fabulous Malaysians continue to be trail blazers in their respective fields.

Fazura

With over five million followers on Instagram, actress, singer, TV host, fashion designer, VJ, reality star and entrepreneur, Nur Fazura Sharifuddin does it all. She shows no signs of slowing down even after tying the knot with actor Fattah Amin in 2017. The couple welcomed their first child – a baby girl – in October 2020.

Fazura debuted her English single Can’t Forget Me in early 2019. By September 2020, the song officially hit more than seven million streams worldwide. One of its main themes is self-empowerment. “This song was inspired by so many amazing women I know who still manage to find the strength to celebrate themselves, despite going through immense pain and heartbreak.” Winner of Best Actress at the 2015 Malaysia Film Festival, Fazura plans to release new music in the year ahead.

Datuk Zang Toi

Toi was born in Kuala Krai in Kelantan on 11 June, 1961. He left Malaysia at the age of 18 and landed in New York City a year later where he attended Parsons School of Design. In 1989, with a modest collection of bright sarongs, strong suits and regal dresses, he opened his own atelier. In 1991, he won the Mouton-Cadet Young Designers Award, which recognises the top young US designer of the year.

He has dressed famous personalities such as Sharon Stone, Pattie LaBelle, Kirstie Alley, Ivana Trump and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. Asked to share his secret of success, Toi replies: “I’ve always thought of myself as a free thinker who always led his own path. My advice to young aspiring designers is to always stay true to your dream, and work hard and smart to turn the dream into reality.”

Ling Tan

Born Tan Mang Ling and raised in Kuala Lumpur, this 178cm-tall model was no stranger to fashion growing up. “My mother was a seamstress, and I’ve been exposed to fashion ever since I was young. I helped her with the sewing and measuring.” Tan later enrolled herself in a vocational school to study fashion.

Her big break came when she was scouted by an advertising executive. It wasn’t long before her career skyrocketed, making her the first international supermodel from Malaysia. Tan has graced the covers of fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle and New York Times Magazine. She’s done commercials for Emporio Armani, Ford and Pantene. And she’s even appeared in a George Michael music video, Fast Love and an episode of Sex And The City.