It is evening in New York and Singapore-born jewellery designer Lynn Ban is kicking back at home in the American city, enjoying her last few days of relative anonymity.
Her name might not ring a bell with most Singaporeans now, but this has since changed with her debut on Bling Empire: New York.
“I’m just trying to kind of get my rest before everything next week,” she tells The Straits Times over a video call, referring to the highly anticipated show, a spin-off of Netflix’s hugely successful Bling Empire series (2021 to present).
Ban, a mother of one who celebrated her 50th birthday with her family in Morocco last May, is the quintessential Asian beauty, with long, black tresses and a sculpted body.
“I exercise every day. I dance, play tennis and do pilates and yoga. I work out so I can eat,” she says, laughing. “I usually eat six meals a day when I go home to Singapore.”
Ban’s parents live in the Orchard Road area, and she returns to visit them every summer. A property tycoon, her father David Ban, 79, is the executive director of Kuala Lumpur-based developer Venus Assets, which owns Four Seasons Place in Malaysia, an integrated development comprising a mix of private residences, hotel and retail space. He also launched Japanese eatery Genki Sushi in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Related article: Shop Kane Lim’s Favourite Fenty Products As Seen On ‘Bling Empire’