Whether you love the Kedah-born lass for her honest jazz-infused tunes, or her imaginative modern take on traditional style, Yuna Zarai is a success story that bridges international waters. Having been scouted and signed to a US label as of 2011, her style star has only risen each day. Among her plaudits include nominations as one of MTV Iggy’s Best New Band in the World in 2011, “Favourite Asian Act” at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards 2012, collaborations with Pharrel Williams, as well as features on international fashion sites like Marie Claire and Refinery29. A mark of how far she’s come? A dedicated f*ckyeah Tumblr that is on 24/7 Yuna watch. Fresh from her appearance on Conan O’Brien, TIC had a chat with the lady on style icons and pet peeves.
Yunalis Zarai, 25, Singer/Songwriter
Who is your style icon?
I don’t really have one, but I’ve always loved Agyness Deyn funky and colorful androgynous look.
I will never be caught dead in …
I splurge on …
I skimp on …
accessories! the cheaper the better!
Describe your personal style in 3 words.
Comfy, bright, layers.
What are your personal style rules?
Be as comfortable as you can with your clothes. Treat it like your second skin.
What is your most treasured possession?
My YSL arty ring. Its my first(and only) designer jewelry. I wanted it so bad, so I got it as my birthday present.
When are you at your happiest?
When I’m writing something new, e.g. music.
What is your beauty regime?
Moisturize, cleanse, moisturize, moisturize…
What is your favourite scent / smell?
Coconut cream pie! That’s what my apartment smells like now.
Yay or Nay? Stilettos.
I’m more of a wedges kinda girl!
I hate it when a man ….
I love it when a man …
cooks for me.
What’s currently playing on your iPod?
Lana Del Rey, Washed Out, Gotye..
My idea of a perfect holiday is …
Doing absolutely nothing, being indoors and watching DVDs and eating Milo cereal straight from the box.
What’s inside your bag?