As the first ever Malaysian to win the Mrs. Universe contest, where the aim is to find the most honourable married woman who has looks, a family, a career and a cause, Carol Lee does not believe that a woman cannot have it all.
By: Shakila Rajendra
Carol believes that ‘having it all’ is all about interpretation. “People might say you have good looks, you have money, and you have a kid and a husband…Therefore, you have everything but for some women, their priorities might not encompass any of these things. However, if ‘having it all’ means having a career and a family with some time for yourself and to contribute to society then yes, it’s defintely achievable as I am a living example of this!”
Carol’s advice on using beauty to get ahead:
“I have always believed that alleviating women’s status in society is through intelligence. If a young woman wants to get ahead simply by looking beautiful then she would have to ask herself what she wants for her future. If beauty is indeed everything to her, then I’d say look into going into the beauty industry and see how you can move forward from there. There are so many areas where you can carve a niche for yourself.”
Carol’s tip for the weary working woman:
“You have to recharge and rejuvenate. Acknowledge your achievements and think about how far you have come. Set a time simply for yourselves because you deserve it. If you can’t take time off for a holiday, take a few hours off and go for a massage, read a book or have a coffee. Time for yourself is very important.”