Dee Hsu on life after Mr Con & Ms Csi

Dee Hsu showered herself with praise at the opening of iROO's store at Raffles City.
Dee Hsu showered herself with praise at the opening of iROO's store at Raffles City.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Taiwanese host Dee Hsu was worried about her career going downhill after quitting talkshow Mr Con & Ms Csi

Taiwanese host Dee Hsu's trademark confidence was on full display as she showered herself with praise at a fashion event last Friday evening.

"I have a new title. Listen to my self introduction. I'm an international professional superstar," declared Hsu, 37, who is better known as Xiao S.

She was in town for the opening of Taiwanese fashion label iROO's store at Raffles City, where about 1,000 fans turned up to catch a glimpse of the vivacious celebrity.

But Hsu admitted to the media on the sidelines that she did experience a bit of self-doubt after quitting the popular long-running talkshow Mr Con & Ms Csi last year. Her co-host Kevin Tsai also quit the show.

She said in Mandarin: "I found out that netizens commented that I must be really free to post so many photos of myself exercising and cooking. They called me unemployed.

"I did panic for a bit. I was worried that my career would go downhill after I quit the talkshow. Who knew that I would get plenty of offers? Though I couldn't bear to part with Mr Con & Ms Csi initially, I'm now raring to take on a new project."

I walked in on my youngest daughter putting on my lipstick. I'm not sure what overcame her. Maybe she got mad. She suddenly told me that her friend's mother - with or without make-up - was prettier than me.

DEE HSU

Producers have been reportedly clamouring to get Hsu to host their variety shows.

She has also become a front row fixture at fashion shows for luxury brands such as Gucci, Moschino and Salvatore Ferragamo. The New York Times featured her as one of the rising Asian stars making a splash at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

Still, fans are awaiting the day when Hsu reunites with Tsai. There has been talk that she will star in his upcoming directorial movie debut.

Hsu said: "Kevin's movie project is shrouded in mystery. All I know is that I am the female lead, Chiling Lin will make a cameo and that Kevin will be the director. I don't know who will be my co-star, nor do I know when we will start filming. But there's a good chance that the project will take place."

These days, the yummy mummy says she is enjoying spending time with her family.

She regaled reporters with stories about her daughters, Elly, 10, Lily, eight, and Alice, four. She is married to businessman Mike Hsu, 46.

Her children love digging into her home-cooked curry rice and find it fun to raid her shoe cabinet to try on her high heels.

And it looks like the razor- tongued Hsu is no match for her straight-talking youngest child Alice.

She recounted in jest: "I walked in on my youngest daughter putting on my lipstick. I'm not sure what overcame her. Maybe she got mad. She suddenly told me that her friend's mother - with or without make-up - was prettier than me.

"I told my husband about my daughter's words. He replied that kids don't lie."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline ''Superstar' Hsu had doubted herself'. Print Edition | Subscribe