From tai tai to sole breadwinner

Former Classic Mrs Singapore winner Betty Yu ran her own beauty business while her Filipino-American husband was a bigwig in his firm.
Former Classic Mrs Singapore winner Betty Yu ran her own beauty business while her Filipino-American husband was a bigwig in his firm.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

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.

Former Classic Mrs Singapore winner Betty Yu used to lead a tai tai's life in Indonesia. She resided in a posh serviced apartment - complete with a golf course on site - and had three maids and a driver.

She ran her own beauty business while her Filipino-American husband was a bigwig in his firm. They also owned a condominium unit in Upper East Coast Road. "I lived a tai tai's life. We lived well and travelled a lot," said the 56-year-old, who has two sons aged 13 and 17.

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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 'From tai tai to sole breadwinner'. Print Edition | Subscribe