What It Means To Be Self Empowered

Do you see yourself as empowered? Fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam tells you how she changed her destiny, and that if you’re brave enough to start, you can too.

Edited-DSC07528Singaporean fashion designer, Priscilla Shunmugam

Founded by Singaporean fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam, contemporary womenswear label Ong Shunmugam launched its debut collection in 2010. Today, it is one of Singapore’s most successful fashion brands, celebrated for its unconventional take on the conventional cheongsam and the integration of traditional Asian textiles into modern silhouettes.

But being a fashion designer was not the natural path that Priscilla has set out for herself and of what her family had expected of her. “I graduated from law school. (The) strangest thing was, I felt that I achieved something (but) at the same time I felt that I had nothing,” she professed.

“At that point of time I felt that the best thing to do was to follow my instincts so much to the disappointment of everyone around me. I left the legal industry, and I decided that I had enough.” Accomplished yet purposeless as she was, Priscilla was determined for change. She left for London to pick up dressmaking, but that only signalled the beginning of her true destiny.

Edited-DSC08004Priscilla Shunmugam with pieces from the Ong Shunmugam label

What does it mean to be self empowered? It is only when you become more aware of yourself as a unique individual that you will flourish and develop the confidence for an unconditional transformation. You are, after all, who you want to be. You are your own destiny.

From law books to sewing machines, Priscilla forwent the seemingly comfortable life of a legal profession to embrace her true destiny. Watch as Priscilla tells you how she believes you can #changedestiny, just like she did.

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