Think Patricia Mok, and words like gangly, homely and loud come to mind -- but not anymore.
The local actress-comedienne still has no qualms about shooting her mouth off with refreshing honesty, but she's no longer a plain Jane. Meet the new Mok, who's 40 and looking more fabulous than ever.
After leaving her employer MediaCorp of six years earlier this year when her contract expired, the Fly Entertainment artiste said she wanted to start "a new life", reports The New Paper.
Besides posing for a series of fresh publicity pictures for Fly, she recently did her first bridal shoot for the July to December issue of Blissful Brides Magazine. And the photos stunned her - she appeared sweet and feminine.
Mok insisted that her makeover was not done to snag a potential groom. She declined to say how long she has been single, only that she has had three relationships with Singaporean Chinese men.
She said: "I love myself too much, I'm self-obsessed. That's why I am still single.
"After seeing the photographs, I thought, 'Wah, Pat Mok can also be sweet and sexy!' Although it was warm wearing the wedding dresses, I enjoyed posing with (fellow Fly artiste) Stephanie Carrington. I felt beautiful. I like how I look now and feel confident and happy."
But she admitted that she had been very unhappy at work for the last two years. She was happy during her first four years at MediaCorp, she said, but in the last two years, she had been assigned to do hosting jobs for both live events and pre-recorded shows and she didn't like it.
Said Mok: "I understand that the sponsors of the shows wanted me (to host) because they liked me and I got the jobs because of them. But standing in front of an audience and being an emcee really make me uncomfortable. I can't strike a balance between being serious and funny, which really upsets me.
"I'm no Kym Ng or Quan Yifeng - they are natural as hosts," added Mok, who felt she is better at acting in dramas and sitcoms and her talent is her brilliant comic timing.
Read the full report in The New Paper.
Photos: ST, TNP, Zaobao, Alex Chua