It’s Cikgu’s turn to be chic


WE all know that first impressions count. So, in conjunction with Teachers Day on Friday, StarEducation showed its appreciation by giving a special treat to some really special teachers – a make-over session that surely had heads turning and first impressions soaring.  


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With a magic touch from sponsors Metrojaya, Hairitage Salon and Clinique, the transformation was complete for secondary school teachers Shanti Parajasingam, Anna See Tho and Zarina Ibrahim who had little or no idea what was in store for them.  

The fun-filled event kicked off at Metrojaya’s outlet in Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, where advertising and promotions division head Alice Tan greeted us and took everyone around, along with advertising and promotions executive Dean W. Zainalabidin who helped select two outfits for each teacher. 

“We have a Cool & Chic Collection for this season, which is a blend of casual and sophisticated outfits with something for everyone, including teachers,” said Tan, adding that colours play an important role in setting the mood for the day.  

Tan gave some helpful tips on dressing.  

“Teachers should try to avoid tight-fitting clothes because they need to stretch and do class activities. For plus-size women, vertical stripes and dark shades can create a slimmer illusion,” said Tan, who believes that mixing and matching is a good way to give clothes a fresh look. 

While the teachers were free to choose the clothes from a range of popular brands available, Dean was on hand with useful tips and suggestions on colours and designs.  


Body frame, skin tone and, most importantly, personality type were taken into consideration in selecting the outfits, explained Tan. 

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“You are what you wear, and teachers need not look plain and dowdy because clothes can convey a vibrant personality,” she said. 

Pick a dress, any dress 

For their first outfits, a more formal approach was taken. See Tho selected a black pinstripe blazer (RM189.90) with matching pants (RM99.90) and a beige ruffled blouse (RM79.90) from Zona.  

Shanti chose a blue-green lace-embroidered long-sleeved blouse from IKA (RM349), on top of a white sleeveless blouse (RM69.90) and a silver mermaid-cut satin skirt (RM119.90) from Emanuelle.  

Meanwhile, Zarina picked a matching top and skirt with distinctive green prints (RM109 each) and a beige scarf (RM69.90) from East India Company  

Their second selection were of more casual outfits – a pink blouse (RM69.90) and blue cotton pants (RM109.90) by Cape Cod for See Tho; a white three-quarter top (RM69.90) from Emanuelle, matched with a blue skirt with white trimmings (RM109.00) from East India Company and a necklace (RM39.90) from Metrojaya for Shanti; and a beige coat (RM99) from Passages, over brown pants (RM109.90) from Emanuelle, topped with a green scarf (RM99.90) from Somerset Bay for Zarina. 

And forget the price tag 

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No outfit is complete without the proper accessories.  

Dean suggested several handbags from Zona, ranging in price from RM46.90 to RM 79.90, and a beige Cape Cod handbag (RM79.90) that went well with the ensemble. 

Shanti’s white sandals (RM39.90) and brown slip-ons (RM59.90) were from Zona, while Zarina chose a unique elf-like beige shoe (RM79.90) from Zona and a pointy pair of brown high-heels (RM63.90) from Passages.  

“I feel like a rich lady! For the first time I’m trying on clothes without looking at their price tags,” exclaimed Zarina, who was clearly enjoying herself in spite. 

Now for the crowning glory 

After two hours of “shopping”, it was time for some serious primping and dolling up at Hairitage Salon where hair expert Linda Mah and Clinique make-up artist Sufen Teh worked their magic. 

“For teachers, it is best to have shoulder-length hair that is both easy to manage and to style,” says Mah, adding that investing in a good shampoo and conditioner and applying serum regularly is necessary in maintaining healthy hair.  

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“We removed some weight in See Tho’s hair by layering and trimming it to frame her face better. Shanti had a trim and added curls at the hair ends to complement the shape of her head,” explained Mah.  

Both See Tho and Shanti were given temporary highlights, while Zarina enjoyed a simple wash and blow. 

Meanwhile, make-up was applied, blending subtle shades of pink with earth-tones. Teh did wonders using Clinique’s Superfit Make-up (foundation), Eye-Defining Dud (shadow and liner), Line-Smoothing Concealer and its soon-to-be launched line of lipstick, Colour Surge. 

“Choosing the right foundation that matches the skin tone is one of the most important things to remember in applying make-up,” said Teh, adding that skilful blending is essential to achieve a natural look. 

“With Colour Surge, lips won’t feel dry during wear,” said Clinique senior education and PR manager, Christine Leong. This is a good thing for teachers who have to present at least eight lessons a day to several classes of energetic youngsters. 

Bringing it all together in a photo shoot at The Star’s studio was the final step.  

“I feel like a model,” Shanti enthused, while striking a pose in front of the camera. 

“I can’t wait for my students to see this. I’m sure they will be shocked by my new look,” said See Tho, who enjoyed dressing up so much that she bought all the clothes she modelled.  

While all three teachers agree that they have to be presentable at school, the make-over special certainly made them look their best. 

The results speak for themselves.  

Enjoy, and Happy Teachers Day! 


Clothes & Accessories: Metrojaya 


Stylist: Dean W. Zainalabidin of Metrojaya 


Make-up: Sufen Teh of Clinique 


Hair: Linda Mah of Hairitage Salon (100, Jalan SS24/2, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya) 

Tel: 03-7804 7045 

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