Forget Star Awards – enter the age of Instagram

Who cares about Star Awards when you have Instagram? Besides, Star Awards is a yearly affair, while you’re bound to check Instagram everyday. Don’t deny it – we know you do.

Just for the fun of it, we rank the top 15 female local artistes according to their popularity based on Instagram. Some might argue this is actually a way more accurate form of measurement than the mysterious star awards.

15. Huang Biren (@huangbiren)

Number of followers: 9,121

Looks like the tiger mum is lagging in the popularity contest for now. Perhaps she portrayed the role of a tiger mum too convincingly she intimidated some fans? Nonetheless, Huang is nothing like the role she played in real life.

Just check out the jump shot:

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That’s just… woahhh. I can’t even jump that high!

She likes to indulge in new year goodies, like the arrow head chips:

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She pouts when she’s feeling low too:

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14. Xiang Yun (@xiang_yun_)

Number of followers: 27k

Did you know MediaCorp’s first ah jie, Xiang Yun has Instagram? She is also rather active on it, sharing personal updates frequently.

There’s nothing not to love about the humble actress, who gives her all to her dramas and is willing to step out of her comfort zone:

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A bit auntie here, but better than Tin Pei Ling.

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Guess women just love their bags.

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See? Even animals love her <3

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13. Zoe Tay (@zoetay10)

Number of followers: 30.2k 

Being the Queen of Caldecott, we’re surprised that the veteran actress has only amassed 30.2k followers on Instagram. Even Patricia Mok has 27.9k followers!

Okay la, to be fair, ah jie might be too busy to update Instagram. After all, she only hopped onto the Instagram bandwagon four months ago with 102 posts.

The nosy parker in us can’t help but ask  – what could she be busy with?

Filming You Can Be An Angel Too

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Catching up with BFFs Chen Han Wei and David Gan

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Visiting Madame Tussauds Singapore

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Seems like ah jie is very much up to her neck running a life.

12. Dawn Yeoh (@iamdawnyeoh)

Number of followers: 33.6k

One of Caldecott’s seven princesses, Yeoh was known for her cutesy image and having a penchant for anything kawaii, like Hello Kitty. Now a decade later, she seems to have shrugged off her cutie pie style, opting for a more mature look.

Decked in that LBD every girl needs:

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Or just looking demure…

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Doesn’t matter if she looks like a watermelon.

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11. Kym Ng (@kym_ng)

Number of followers: 57.8k 

A familiar face on television throughout the years, the petite host has been hosting since 1995. More recently, she was seen in Channel 8 drama Good Luck. She also managed to win the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award this year. Every year, Ng turns up at the Star Awards with a different hair colour.

We find out what else Kym Ng likes to do, apart from changing hair colours. She likes to…

…drink Anlene milk:

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…go running:

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Who says you can’t run with short legs?

…take selfies from a weird angle

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At least she still looks good.

1o. Carrie Wong (@carriewst)

Number of followers: 58.3k 

Wong may be the new kid on the block, but her popularity is on the rise. Merely a year into showbiz, Wong has already bagged her first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award. The Hey Gorgeous second runner-up also rubbed shoulders with heavyweights in the industry, like Christopher Lee and Li Nanxing while starring in blockbusters like Against The Tide and  The Journey: Tumultuous Times.

Apart from acting, she also graced magazine covers, a considerable feat for a newcomer:

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Her fan club, carrieteristic has 2.5k followers on Instagram now. They are also quite on about organising meetups:

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Maybe her resemblance to Jesseca Liu also played a part in her fast-growing fame?

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9. Vivian Lai (@veravivian)

Number of followers: 59.2k

Lai, who started out in 1999’s Star Search as an actress, eventually forayed into hosting and has been recognised for her hard work. At this year’s Star Awards, she received the All-Time Favourite Artistes Award.

On her Instagram profile, Lai wrote in Chinese that she is an artiste who enjoys working while holidaying. As the saying goes: do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Does that mean she loves her job?

Well, it looks like Lai is clearly having fun on the set of filming, even if it means wearing a wig and a mole to look auntie:

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Doesn’t matter if her co-workers are half her age either:

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Just foolin’ around and getting votes for fellow host, Quan Yifeng.

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The host’s love for her job is evident from her photos – everyday seems like a Friday with her having fun, fun, fun, fun at work (*cues Rebecca Black*).

8. Michelle Chong (@immichellechong)

Number of followers: 59.8k

We know her as Barbarella, Leticia Bongnino, Adrianna Wow, Lulu and more. But underneath the comedic facade, who is Michelle Chong? A casual Instagram stalk reveals Chong to be…

… a foodie:

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The photos of #foodporn she instagrams just never stops. This begs the question – how does she stay so slim despite eating so much???

… a klutz: 

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Whutttt – 852 people actually liked this photo. Guess her injured toe’s more popular than all the likes on my Instagram photos combined. *shrugs*

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This one lagi worse. 1221 liked it. Maybe her toes can be the next big thing on Instagram.

…a fan of insects:

I almost ate this beautiful creature found in my rambutan. And I think he was so scared he pee’ed on my On Government Service letter.

A video posted by Michelle Chong 庄米雪 (@immichellechong) on

7. Priscelia Chan (@prisceliachan)

Number of followers: 65.4k Who can forget Priscelia Chan, the 1999 Star Search Semi-finalist who only got her first award last year? This win came after 15 years, despite her having acted in countless dramas. The 37-year-old still looks gorgeous, although there are some visible crow feet around her eyes. It’s okay Pris, that just means you’re a natural beauty! 65.4k people most certainly concur.

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Eight years into the marriage, Chan still looks blissful with her husband, ex-MediaCorp artiste, Alan Tern.

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Who looks this good without makeup?

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An appreciation message to her followers? Too sweet!

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Chan may not have won as many awards as other artistes, but one thing’s for sure – she’s charming her way into hearts on social media.

6. Felicia Chin (@iamfeliciachin)

Number of followers: 71.7k Probably the most fickle artiste around, Chin seems undecided about whether she should return to school or pursue a career in showbiz. Nonetheless, her fans sure aren’t deserting her, as seen from her Instagram numbers and her Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes win this year. We find out why she remains a sweetheart in the hearts of many. She still looks cute although she’s hit the big 3.  Yes, she’s 30.

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She gets excited at receiving presents:

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She looks at balloons in child-like wonder:

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5. Ya Hui (@yahuiyh)

Number of followers: 92.2k With almost double the followers Carrie Wong (see number 10) has, it was a surprise Ya Hui didn’t make it to the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes this year. Maybe Ya Hui’s fans aren’t working hard enough? No wonder Cai Jiajia (a character Ya Hui plays in drama Life Is Beautiful) wants to give them a punch.

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Just kidding…

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She’ll still be happy if you give her flowers!

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4. Joanne Peh (@joannepeh)

Number of followers: 104k

Although we might not be seeing as much of her on telly now that Peh is preggers, Instagram is a good way for us to stalk keep up-to-date with the hot mama-to-be. Don’t say we never share. Here are some snippets of her life:

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Awwww… Peh loves kids. We hope she’s seen this article of ours, in which we suggest potential names for her baby.

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Talk about getting eggcited for Easter – painting Easter eggs! We foresee this to be a good mother-daughter/son bonding activity every Easter in the near future.

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She seems to be really, really into Easter eggs. We salute her for her patience – why paint the eggs when you can just crack it open and slurp the yolks?

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Feeling energized the beginning of this week after pilates this morning. Have a lovely week ahead! #healthymama



A #healthymama is a radiant mama.

3. Jesseca Liu (@jesssseca)

Number of followers: 106k The Malaysian beauty may have left MediaCorp, but she’s by no means forgotten. Just last year, she starred alongside Shaun Chen as the female lead in Blessings. However, after that drama, we haven’t seen much of her apart from the Star Awards. Here’s what she’s been up to: Playing the piano…

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…and feeding Batman ice cream.

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Or even measuring her height to check if she has shrunk:

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Nope, apparently not.

2. Julie Tan (@julietan_cxq)

Number of followers: 151k

Hot on the heels of Jeanette Aw is Julie Tan, who won her first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes this year. The actress lives by the mantra: in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Just how different is she from other celebs? Not only can she balance a pair of chopsticks with her lips…

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…she also has the ability to make anything a prop to camwhore with…

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…and eats Cheezels in an interesting manner too!

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Guess her photos aren’t the typical pretty selfies celebrities usually upload, but showcases a quirkier side of her.

1. Jeanette Aw (@jeanetteaw_xuan)

Number of followers: 159k

Emerging the winner on our list, Aw is a strong contender with 159k followers. In this year’s Star Awards, she won the Most Popular Regional Artiste Award in Indonesia, Malaysia and even Cambodia. Frequently utilising social media as a platform to interact with her fans, we wonder – what makes her so endearing to her followers?

Could it be because of how good she looks even when drenched in sweat?

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Or because she’s prettier than flowers?

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Or cuter than a chinchilla in a bowtie?

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BTW, she replies some fan comments too:

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Yup, even if you’re a 12-year-old enquiring about the spesies of the pet she’s holding. Ou Xuan jie jie does not discriminate.

This social media savvy artiste is truly befitting for the Social Media Awards she clinched in two consecutive years since last year.


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