Comeback queen: Called names by her husband for being XXL, she shed over 40kg in 8 months

Investment director Esther Ho turned a personal blow in her marriage into motivation, and now hopes to inspire other women.
Investment director Esther Ho turned a personal blow in her marriage into motivation, and now hopes to inspire other women. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ESTHER HO, DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Behind their bright smiles and elegant poses are inspiring stories of resilience and strength. Calvin Yang speaks to Mrs Singapore & Classic Mrs Singapore pageant contestants and past winners ahead of the 20th iteration of the contest on Saturday.

At her heaviest, Ms Esther Ho tipped the scales at 95kg and could fit only into XXL dresses. She said her husband was so embarrassed by her appearance he rarely took her out and would call her names.

Her marriage eventually broke down and the 1.68m-tall investment director filed for divorce in June 2016. The experience was a blow that led her to spend her one-hour lunch breaks working out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Comeback queens'. Print Edition | Subscribe