More than 150 teenage girls received express makeovers, tried coding and created their own tote bags yesterday at the inaugural Just The Girls! event hosted by the Singapore Muslim Women's Association (PPIS).
Student Nur Qamielyah, 14, was one of the many girls who had their faces made up for the first time.
"I was scared at first, but after my makeover was done, I was so excited to see myself with foundation, lipstick and eyeliner for the first time," she said.
The half-day event at Scape targeted girls aged 14 to 19 and carried the theme - Everyday Girls, Extraordinary Possibilities - in a bid to help teenage girls build self-confidence while navigating the world of social media.
The PPIS is a non-profit organisation focusing on community services. It provides support and developmental programmes at centres islandwide for women and their families.
Guest of honour for the event, MP for Jurong GRC Rahayu Mahzam, said: "With girls, and even boys their age, the teenage years are the most challenging because they face peer pressure and are also trying to understand more about themselves.
"It's good to let them know that insecurities are normal and to help them make sense of it and give them support."
Madam Rahayu added that young people also need help navigating the challenges of their generation, such as social media and cyber bullying.
She shared that she had low self-esteem while in secondary school, but all that changed when she began believing in herself after scoring the same marks as the top girl in her school in a test.
"I realised that I wasn't as bad as I thought. I also learnt to work hard and to forgive myself for my weaknesses and embrace my strengths."
Besides hands-on activities, personalities such as Ms Farisha Ishak, singer-songwriter and winner of 2013 reality singing competition Final 1, gave talks on their experience with issues of self-confidence.
Said Ms Farisha: "I want them to know that they're not alone in facing the challenges of growing up and chasing their dreams.
"As someone who is still chasing hers, I hope to inspire them to keep fighting for their dreams and to be unafraid of the obstacles that come their way."
Tan Tam Mei