Greg Oh: Living in the light

Oct 15, 2019, 04:00 AM
Simone Heng met Greg Oh, our first guest on Buro's Brave Living, 15 years ago at a shoot. She had gained a bit of weight, and overheard the crew making comments about it in dialect. Greg noticed how affected she was by their comment, took her under his wing and made her feel safe — a gesture Simone that led to a life-long friendship.

As one of Singapore's most prominent hairstylists and makeup artists in Singapore, Greg has worked his magic on countless models for renowned fashion titles (including our own Buro. Large), as well as on Hollywood personalities like Michelle Yeoh and Shirley Manson.

In this first episode, she cosies up with her long-time friend, as he shares his life story as a "fairy in the forest". The pair dive into his childhood, and talk about how he found his way into the fashion and beauty industry in Europe and New York, the positive side to social media, his beliefs, and what it means to live life to the fullest.

Get ready to hit play to get inspired.

00:00: Introduction
Our host Simone Heng introduces her first guest, Greg Oh, someone whom she considers to be a “shining light to the world” and the godfather of hair-and-makeup in Singapore. They delve into Greg’s colourful life, from his parents’ divorce to how he got into the fashion industry to how he goes on to experience life beyond what is “normal”. 
 
11:51: On being a racial minority 
Greg and Simone discuss about living in different parts of the world as Asians, how their thirst for experience opened up doors to opportunities, and how social media has turned into a space for diversity to exist.
 
23:36: On finding the light
Greg shares how his mum has always allowed him to be himself.
 
25:07: What are you passionate about right now?
Simone wraps up the podcast with a final question for Greg, where he ends with a message to celebrate living and exploring all that the universe has in store for us.

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