At the age of 44, most Singapore women are still raising young kids. But Laura Lee is already a grandmother – of five.
The young grandma was named first runner-up at this year’s Mrs Singapore & Classic Mrs Singapore Pageant. Laura Lee will be representing Singapore in the Mrs Tourism Queen International Pageant in Thailand in November.
She has a 24-year-old daughter and two sons aged 23 and 21, and five grandchildren – four girls aged seven, five, three and one, and a two-month-old boy.
The Mrs Singapore beauty queen told The New Paper: “People are usually in disbelief when I reveal the number of grandchildren I have, asking if those are my god-grandchildren instead.
“Also, whenever I go partying or shopping with my kids, people always think I am their sibling.”
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Paying it forward with her grandkids
Laura Lee got divorced 13 years ago. Despite being financially unstable back then, she raised her children on her own.
Now, she is happy with her business partner and boyfriend of 12 years and is able to shower the little ones with activities such as ballet and swimming lessons.
“I couldn’t show a lot of care and concern for my children in the past as I was busy working to make ends meet. But I’m glad that I now have the means to make it up with my grandchildren,” she says.
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On how she maintains her looks and figure, Laura says she avoids eating carbs for dinner and takes beauty supplements daily. She also stays active by playing netball and doing yoga and salsa weekly.
As the managing director of Trade-Pro Trading and the director of five other frozen food companies, Laura is slated to receive an SME100 Awards Singapore award in October.
She says: “There were a lot of hardships when we started the business in 2009 but we’ve overcome them and things started to look good from there. It was tough but I’ve learnt that nothing is impossible.”
Watch the finals of the Mrs Singapore pageant below:
A version of this article first appeared in The New Paper.