A millionaire socialite known as Singapore’s unofficial ‘Instagram Queen’ has told fans the secret to her ageless skin and shared a glimpse at her most expensive possession – a diamond encrusted crocodile skin handbag worth $330,883.
Jamie Chua, 46, fills the feeds of her many social media accounts with snapshots of her lavish lifestyle, an existence in which private jets, palatial mansions and star-studded soirees are par for the course.
The founder of skincare line Luminous1 answered her followers’ most frequently asked questions in a YouTube video last Thursday, revealing her favourite fashion labels, holiday destinations and the luxurious essential oils that maintain her youthful radiance.
Millionaire socialite Jamie Chua is known as Singapore’s unofficial ‘Instagram Queen’
The most expensive item in her wardrobe is this $330,883 AUD Hermes Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin handbag
The most expensive item in her wardrobe is a $330,883 AUD Hermes Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin handbag.
Covered in crocodile skin and glittering with diamonds, the exceptionally rare Hermes Himalaya Birkin is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of handbag collections, according to auction house Christies.
Ms Chua is rumoured to own the largest collection of Hermes bags in the world, surpassing even those of Hermes super fans Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham.
She houses her vast array of accessories in a cavernous 700 square foot fingerprint-protected closet, which cost $120,000 to build.
Ms Chua owns over 300 pairs of shoes, the most expensive of which are $4,600 AUD Christian Louboutin Strass stilettos.
Her most treasured piece of jewellery is a nine diamond necklace, a replica of the one given to Carrie Bradshaw by her Russian beau Alexander Petrovsky in the final season of Sex and the City.
‘I was immediately obsessed with it and I knew I had to have it!,’ she said.
It’s not clear how much Ms Chua’s necklace is worth, but similar pieces from Canadian luxury jeweller Minichiello start from $850 AUD online.
Ms Chua is rumoured to own the largest collection of Hermes bags in the world, surpassing even those of Hermes super fans Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham
She cited money as her biggest motivation, a driving force which stems from growing up in an underprivileged household where her family had ‘less than average’
While she has many favourite cities, she has a special place in her heart for Paris – the ‘City of Light’ – for its food, architecture and fashionable people.
‘I always go back to the Eiffel Tower, because I promised myself that each time I go to Paris I will find a new way to shoot [photos] at the Tower,’ she said.
The Maldives in the Indian Ocean is another of her favourite destinations, for its turquoise seas and matching skies.
‘There’s nowhere quite like the Maldives,’ Ms Chua said.
She cited money as her biggest motivation, a driving force which stems from growing up in an underprivileged household where her family had ‘less than average’.
The mother-of-two – who shares daughter Calista and son Cleveland with ex-husband, Indonesian millionaire business tycoon Nurdian Cuaca – started her working life as an air hostess, but she’s now an entrepreneur in her own right.
Ms Chua says ‘there’s nowhere quite like’ the turquoise skies and seas of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean (left), and has a special place in her heart for the food, architecture and people of Paris (right)
Ms Chua owns over 300 pairs of shoes, the most expensive of which are $4,600 AUD Christian Louboutin Strass stilettos
Ms Chua is the founder of Luminous1, an upscale skincare label based in Singapore, and invests heavily in her own skin to maintain its youthful radiance.
Her favourite skincare product is the $235 Dior Prestige la Micro-Lotion de Rose, a face cream made with rose oil which promises to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours, making your face appear smoother and younger.
Ms Chua applies the luxurious oil to her face and neck at night to fill her bedroom with the scent of roses, and credits it for her ‘supple’ skin.
‘It feels like having rose petals all over your face,’ she said.
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On facials and maintaining her youthful appearance:
‘I swear by relaxing facials to keep my skin and pores clean, and use rose oil in my skincare as it promotes youth and radiance,’ Ms Chua told Daily Mail Australia in July 2018.
‘With a healthy lifestyle and a conscientious daily skincare regime, it really helps to maintain your skin and keeps wrinkles at bay. Aromatherapy is also a very big part of my life.’
Ms Chua usually starts her day with a body forming treatment and facial massage.
The beauty mogul makes her own bath soap and face serums, declaring she ‘cannot live without’ neroli, lavender and frankincense oils.
On relieving stress:
‘I love massages and every time I get a body treatment done I take a short relaxing upper body massage to ease the tension from the pressures of my daily life.’
On exercising and healthy eating:
‘I barely go to the gym and prefer to work out alone at home doing HIIT or yoga. I enjoy my food a lot and desserts make me very happy!’
She laces her pillow with rich essential oils like lavender, rose, peppermint and neroli, a citrus fragrance which comes from orange blossom, to lull her to sleep.
Ms Chua shared her skincare routine with Daily Mail Australia in 2018, revealing aromatherapy oils and regular facial massages as her secret weapon for maintaining her age-defying appearance.
‘I swear by relaxing facials to keep my skin and pores clean, and use rose oil in my skincare as it promotes youth and radiance,’ she said.
She also makes her own bath soap and serums, declaring she ‘cannot live without’ neroli, lavender and frankincense oils.
Ms Chua promised to offer light relief to her followers as the coronavirus crisis by posting video tours of her wardrobe and garden.