Style Evolution: Zoe Tay
Ah Jie, who turns 54 today (Jan 10), is not just the Queen of Stars Avenue, but also a fashion icon.
Zoe Tay is not only the Queen of Stars Avenue, the chameleon actress is also known for her versatility and ever-changing style, so it might surprise you when the mother-of-three, who turns 54 today (Jan 10), says her motto when it comes to fashion is simplicity, preferring to stick to monochrome tones. Here are some of Ah Jie's most iconic looks over the years.
Star Search 1988
We wonder how much hairspray went into creating that gravity-defying quiff.
“Oh, no biggie, just standing looking like a goddess in my boyfriend’s oversized work shirt.”
Pretty Faces (1991)
Zoe’s head of unruly curls and her turn as the sexy and materialistic Bobo in Pretty Faces catapulted the actress into iconic status.
Zoe looked like she was 25 going on 45 with those curls.
Crimped hair was all the rage in the 90s. Too bad it aged Zoe by ten years.
Zoe's wedding (2001)
This may have been 20 years ago but Zoe’s timeless and elegant gown would not be out of place at a wedding today.
Star Awards 2005
Was Zoe trying to copy Nicole Kidman’s 2005 Golden Globes look, which the Hollywood actress decorated with peacock feathers herself? Because the similarities are uncanny.
Zoe’s eldest son Brayden’s full month party (2005)
Zoe flaunted her new curves (and flat stomach!) in a smocked dress just one month after giving birth. WOW!
Not only did Zoe regain her figure after giving birth, she exercised her way to a six-pack.
Star Awards 2007 Show 1
Even Zoe wasn't immune to the belt craze in the mid-2000s.
It’s so annoying how we didn’t even look this good at the age of 25.
Star Awards 2009 Show 2
Who needs elaborate hair and million-dollar accessories when you look this hot in a simple mini?
Zoe’s Barbie pink bodycon dress was the must-have party dress in the late 2000s.
Love Cuts press conference (2010)
The usually sunny actress dabbled in goth motifs at the Love Cuts press conference in 2010.
Love Cuts meet-the-cast session (2010)
Zoe may be basking in pregnancy glow, but we can’t help but cringe at that coral satin pussybow dress that she's wearing.
Star Awards 2011 Show 2
While we love the zesty colour and simplicity of this gown, the cinch at the calves reminds us of a sweet wrapper.
Double Bonus press conference (2011)
We may be ten years late but we’re so going to try this camisole-toga look.
Star Awards 2012 Show 2
Zoe and her Donna Karan geometric gown look like a work of art on the red carpet.
Drama 30th Anniversary Show (2012)
Zoe stole the show when she arrived in this sexy metal bustier gown from Versace that cost and weighed a tonne.
Star Awards 2013 Show 1
Zoe made a bold fashion statement when she skipped her usual gowns for this edgy androgynous outfit.
Star Awards 2013 Show 2
Despite keeping it simple, Zoe was a picture of grace in this strapless canary yellow Gucci gown at the Star Awards 2013. In fact, she liked this look so much that she had her Madame Tussauds wax figure styled in the same way.
Telemovie Recipe press conference (2013)
Now this is how you wear gingham without looking like a picnic mat.
Asian Television Awards 2013
Zoe looked plenty comfortable in a peach-coloured Grecian gown at the Asian Television Awards in 2013.
Star Awards 2014 Show 2
Zoe looked stunning in her pixie cut and studded Gucci dress. Hands down one of our favourite Star Awards looks.
Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)
Zoe shined in this sparkly midnight blue plunging gown that is sexy, elegant and edgy.
Star Awards 2015 Show 2
Zoe’s Carolina Herrera gown was one of our favourite looks at the 2015 Star Awards. It’s fresh, it’s mature, and the skirt is a feast for the eyes.
Star Awards 2016 Part 1
The red carpet has nothing on the regal-as-always Ah Jie, who stepped out in a scarlet Valentino gown.
Road to Star Awards Show 1
How apt was it that Zoe was dressed in this lush, dramatic gown when she was crowned Best-Dressed at Star Awards by the industry's fashion stylists?
Star Awards 2017
Zoe won both the fashion and the acting game at the 2017 Star Awards, since she looked stunning in this hot pink Schiaparelli Haute Couture jumpsuit which was specially flown in from Paris and $500,000 worth of Cartier jewels.
Zoe's 50th birthday bash
It's only fitting that a queen like Zoe would celebrate her 50th birthday in a royal blue one-shouldered gown from Michael Kors.
A Million Dollar Dream press conference (2018)
Zoe attended A Million Dollar Dream press conference in a full red skirt and a Prada shirt that gave us a double take. Yes, it's basically like a deconstructed men's shirt, worn with the buttons at the back and the sleeves tied in the front. BRB, going to try this at home and breathe new life into our button-downs.
Star Awards 2018
Zoe lived up to her queenly status at the Star Awards, dazzling in this Toni Maticevski gown and more than $1 million in Chopard bling.
Zoe doubtlessly made several jaws drop in this shimmering Ferragamo dress. With all its radiance, there is no need for extra accessories — save for a swipe of crimson lipstick.
Ah Jie looked flawless when she showed up at a Cartier store opening in this sophisticated number from Ferragamo — red is undoubtedly her colour.
Star Awards 2019
Zoe looked resplendent in this dramatic gown by Carolina Herrera gown.
Star Awards 2019
Zoe slipped into her second outfit of the night before picking up her Best Actress trophy: a body-hugging number from Tom Ford that flaunted her curves in all the right places. That diet she went on before the awards was all worth it.
Maldives trip (2019)
Ah Jie never fails to look camera-ready wherever she goes. While on a trip to Maldives, she wore this sleeveless polka dot jumpsuit that reminded us of famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Dots Obsession.
Star Search 2019 finals
Ah Jie shined at the Star Search finals in this floor sweeping skirt and tuxedo combo by Ralph Lauren, and topped it off with some Cartier bling.
Star Search 2019 finals
After the dramatic look, she changed into something more minimalist, but no less stunning. This Versace gown is classic, classy and chic.
Chinese New Year (2020)
Ah Jie didn't just look huat but also boardroom-ready in head-to-toe red during Chinese New Year.
President's Star Charity (2020)
Zoe looked stunning in this intricate two-piece costume for her modern Indian dance performance at the President's Star Charity show.
Unveiling of wax figure at Madam Tussauds
Zoe’s wax figure at Madam Tussauds Singapore got a refreshed look and is now clad in the ultra-sexy Versace number that Ah Jie wore to the Star Search Finals in 2019. For the unveiling of her updated wax figure, Zoe was spotted looking equally stunning and youthful in a sheer fringe frock by Fendi.
River Hongbao 2021
Someone cast Zoe in a period drama already.
Louis Vuitton fashion show
Clad in all black, Zoe exuded an air of mystery and understated glamour. Her Louis Vuitton trench coat definitely reminded us the better days of travelling to colder climates.
Star Awards 2021
Not only did Zoe win Best Actress at the Star Awards, she also won in the style stakes in this gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown that features a dramatic bow and floral skirt.
Double trouble? No, more like double the fashion prowess. Ah Jie took power dressing to the next level, sporting a sharp and structed coat, sock heels and Fendi handbag, providing a stark contrast against her Madame Tussauds wax figure.
The Heartland Hero
The Heartland Hero
The puffy sleeves, gold tone prints, pearl necklace and statement bag combine to pile on the glam for Zoe’s #OOTD.
We love how effortlessly elegant Zoe looks in this Fendi satin frock. The long scarf adds an extra feminine touch to her Greek goddess-like OOTD.
2021 President’s Star Charity
Arguably the best dressed at the recent President’s Star Charity, Zoe shined bright like a star in a long, asymmetric frock by Ralph Lauren. Plus, its extended train made sure that the glam and drama were through the roof.