Fanty recalls having “lots of energy and zest” when she was 19. “The best part was eating lots of delicious food without worrying about putting on weight,” she says, before breaking into laughter.
It was also the year she got her first mobile phone – a Motorola, as she recalls. “It was big and heavy. Think of the phones you saw in Hong Kong movies in the ’80s. I was the cool kid because few people owned mobile phones back then.” She adds, though, that being constantly contactable was a double-edged sword, as her parents were able to more easily track her movements.
Who was your favourite song/band/singer that year?
Boyz II Men and Madonna – they were the biggest stars then.
Life plan back then?
Life as a student was carefree, but it was all about surviving the next examination.
Advice for your teenage self?
Spend your allowance wisely. Go out into the world to explore your interests and discover your passions.
Is there an item of clothing or accessory from that time that you still have?
Yes! My Chanel bags. They were great investment pieces because I still use them to this day.
Art direction: Audrey Chan
Photography: Joel Low
Hair: Christvian Goh & Zoel Tee, using Revlon Professional
Photography assistance: Alfie Pan