The New Paper
16 October 2015
She had the honour of being FHM Singapore's last cover girl for their final issue last month, but local actress Jae Liew has mixed feelings about it.
"It's great that I got the chance to pose for FHM. But I got a shock when I found out I was actually their last cover girl, as I had no idea when I was doing the (actual) shoot," the 25-year-old told The New Paper over the phone.
She added with a laugh: "In fact, my friends have been teasing me, saying, 'Oh my gosh Jae, FHM closed down because of you!'"
Liew got her showbiz break in 2013 when she was cast as the female lead in actress-director Michelle Chong's movie 3 Peas In A Pod and is currently starring in Channel 5's long-running drama Tanglin.
She revealed she had conditions on how she would pose for the magazine.
"I was worried about having to wear a G-string or something like that. I told them that honestly, I don't really have boobs to show, and I don't have a particularly fabulous body. Fortunately, they took that into consideration and found less revealing clothes for me.
"In fact, the stylist (at the FHM shoot) told me that mine was the most difficult shoot he ever had to source for, as he needed tops and skirts instead of the usual bikinis and lingerie!"
Liew's cover picture features her wearing a scarf with a teddy bear print, twisted artfully into a bikini top. The picture spread inside has a dollhouse concept.
She sheepishly confessed that as a Year 12 (equivalent to junior college) student in Melbourne, she found a stack of vintage Playboy magazines for sale at a flea market and flipped through them out of curiosity.
"I was pretty shocked. Seeing the centrefold girls was a real eye-opener for me," she admitted.
Liew feels that the end of lad mags in Singapore is "a step in the right direction", as society is changing.
"Sex sells, but it needs to be tasteful. Personally, I don't judge girls who choose to pose nude as I feel it's their prerogative, but it's not something I would do personally."
Local freelance model-turned-actress Melody Low has also posed for FHM Singapore, having finished first runner-up in the Singapore FHM Models 2012 competition. She was most recently seen in Ah Boys To Men star Tosh Zhang's music video Lingo Lingo and will star in the sequel to last year's erotic slasher flick Lang Tong.
When contacted, the 22-year-old said she was "not particularly sad" about the magazine's closure.
But she feels lucky to have been part of the era of lad magagines, as appearing in FHM has helped her modelling career.
"It was good publicity to be an FHM girl and it definitely contributed to my popularity," said Low, who now has over 64,000 followers on Instagram.
"I was very comfortable posing in a bikini. It's a pity that girls in Singapore will no longer get that chance, but then again, there are plenty of opportunities to post their pictures on Instagram and Facebook."