This article gives readers an overview of famous Malaysian icons and their Malaysian glasses trend.
It is time of the year again, the time when exactly 60 years ago, Tunku Abdul Rahman chanted “MERDEKA!” three times at the Merdeka Square, signaling Malaya’s independence from the British colonization.
It is a significant day for all Malaysians, and we should all take a moment to appreciate and be thankful of the effort of our forefathers who fought hard for the people to be free of colonial powers.
Famous Malaysian Icons Who Wear Glasses
Here, as an effort to celebrate the most important day for all Malaysians, I will share my list of 5 Malaysian icons that I am proud of, and, who wear glasses!
These people are an inspiration to a lot of us, their achievements are well-know and have successfully carry the good name of our nation internationally.
Michelle was born in Ipoh and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 15 where she studied ballet at the Royal Academy of Dance. She did not give up when an injury hindered her dream of becoming a ballet dancer, instead, she got herself a degree in creative arts minoring in drama.
Her resilient spirit eventually made her who she is today. At age 20, she won the Miss Malaysia Beauty Pageant and continue on to represent Malaysia at the Queen of the Pacific 1983 (which she won again) and Miss World 1983.
From there on, her career as an actress blossomed. She got the chance to appear in a commercial alongside Jackie Chan, and eventually landed acting gigs with D&B Films in Hong Kong. Her acting career started with action and martial arts movies.
The remarkable thing about Michelle is, despite having no martial arts background, she did a lot of the stunts by herself! And her hard work sure paid off! Her role as a bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon brought her fame to the international level.
Jimmy Choo shoes are like the holy grail of shoes, not many of us are lucky enough to own a pair because they come at a hefty price. Dato’ Jimmy was born in Penang into a family of shoe makers, and was taught by his father the wonderful skill of shoe-making. To help support his college tuition fees in England, Dato’ Jimmy worked as a part timer in restaurants and as a cleaner in a shoe factory. After graduated with honors, he remained in England to further his dream as a shoe-maker.
In 1986, he successfully opened his first shop which soon gained attention in the fashion industry. Vogue featured his exquisite designs and craftsmanship in a full eight pages of the magazine. The late Princess Diana seemed to adore his shoes so much, that she was always seen with a pair of Jimmy Choo’s. What is admirable about Dato’ Jimmy Choo is that, he has a firm stand on his beliefs and motto.
Despite eventually growing his business rapidly by entering into a partnership and diversifying his brand into different fashion accessories like handbags, Dato’ Jimmy had doubts about the shoes that they were mass producing at a factory that time. So, he sold half of the company and returned to his roots of making custom-made shoes in a small shop in London. Though he does not always wear glasses, his love in glasses fashion is reflected in his designer eyewear merchandise.
Yuna is Malaysia’s homegrown singer-songwriter. This talented young lass began writing songs at the young age of 14, and even more admirable, she learned to play the guitar by herself too! While attending law school, Yuna did not give up her passion for music.
She started performing in shows and events as well as sharing her music online. Soon after her popularity soared online, an indie-pop record label in the US discovered her and ultimately gets her a contract with Fader Label which is based in New York.
That opened up a window that allowed her music to reach a greater audience. In 2012, her single Live Your Life produced by Pharrell Williams was debuted on iTunes. It served as an introductory to her first self-titled full length album. She was often dubbed “Pharrell’s protégé” because of this.
Since then, there is only success for Yuna. Her latest album Chapters made it into the Billboard Top 10 Best R&B Album of 2016. Yuna’s music is often soulful, as if she is trying to speak to you through her songs. All thanks to Yuna’s persistent in including the elements of melody and meaning to her songs, she refused to give into popular genres nowadays which seem to have forgo these crucial elements which define good music.
No one can ever talk about inspiring Malaysian icons without mentioning our Father of Malaysia and our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Without him, there will be no Malaysia, and maybe even no you and me. Tunku Abdul Rahman was born in the royal family of the Kedah Sultanate in 1903. After graduating from Cambridge, he returned to Kedah where he served as a civil service cadet, doing what he enjoyed doing, which is to help the people with their problems.
His political career started when he was appointed the president of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which ultimately formed an alliance with the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) and Malayan Indian Congress (MIC). Ultimately, in 1956, Tunku Abdul Rahman headed a mission to London to negotiate for Malaya’s independence from the British.
The negotiation was successful and Malaya was granted its independence by 31st August 1957.
As Tunku Abdul Rahman believe, unity between the different cultures is an important key in achieving a better nation. This believe holds true even till today, where there should not be any division between races, there should be only ONE Malaysia. From there on, Tunku Abdul Rahman leaded the nation as its first Prime Minister and the rest is history.
Served as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir is no unusual name to all Malaysians. In fact, he was the Prime Minister that served our country the longest, from 1981 to 2003. Dr. Mahathir started out as a medical doctor. He later joined UMNO and eventually got into the Parliament and becoming the Prime Minister. Since then, the man has made tremendous contributions to our nation’s development, he is not known as “Bapa Pemodenan” for no reasons.
He had successfully turned Malaysia from a country that relied much on agriculture into a country that thrive in trading and high tech industries. Among that, he established the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and initiated the National Car Project, which was given the name “Proton” subsequently.
Dr. M’s other large scale projects include the construction of the north-south highway, which took more than 10 years to complete. The highway cut down the time to travel in Peninsular Malaysia tremendously. Other notable projects of his are like the port of Tanjung Pelepas, Petronas Twin Towers, KLIA, Formula One Circuit, and the list goes on and on. Sure, a lot of people might have mix feelings for Dr. M, but his contributions to the greater good of the entire nation are undeniable.
Famous Malaysian Icons And Their Glasses Trend!
There you go!
My list of Malaysian Icons that wear glasses and makes me proud. Time to come up with a list yourself!
Specs or no specs, which Malaysian icon makes YOU proud?