Year in Review 2019: Most searched international female celebrities in Singapore

Reta Lee
Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
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SINGAPORE – Ah, celebrities, what do we do without them? This year, these female celebrities are trailblazers in their own right. Some made a name for themselves, whether through their own business enterprise or acting projects, or just well, being interesting. We take a look at the international female celebrities that you, our Singapore readers, just can’t get enough of in 2019.


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WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 10: Nicole Kidman arrives at the Special Screening Of Liongate's "Bombshell" at Regency Village Theatre on December 10, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

10. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has had quite a stellar year on TV; the second season of her series Big Little Lies raked in 2.1 million total viewers on HBO, and she’s reportedly paid US$1 million per episode for her role in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers

Not to be contented with television work, she’s also gone on to star in Bombshell, a Fox News drama circling around the #MeToo movement, alongside Charlize Theron and Megyn Kelly. There’s no stopping this mother-of-four any time soon!

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Premiere Of Netflix's "Marriage Story" at DGA Theater on November 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

9. Scarlett Johansson

We last saw the red-haired Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: End Game last April, as she reprises her role as the Black Widow. This month, she takes on a milder, less-action packed role as a wife who undergoes a tricky separation and divorce in Netflix’s Marriage Story. In a recent interview, she opens up about her last marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds, which provided an intimate look at the actress’ life. 

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 10: Kim Kardashian attends the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on November 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)

8. Kim Kardashian

Ah, where do we begin. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, whose antics are captured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, spoke openly this year about her struggles with pregnancy. She has since used surrogates for the birth of her two children, thus raising the number of her kids to four. 

When it comes to supporting her husband, Kanye West, Kardashian says she doesn’t care anymore about the singer supporting President Donald Trump, whereas in the past, it used to give her anxiety (oops!). That’s what family is for.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 27: Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner attend the Travis Scott: "Look Mom I Can Fly" Los Angeles Premiere at The Barker Hanger on August 27, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix)

7. Kylie Jenner

This young beauty mogul has both beauty and brains. At the age of 21, Forbes Magazine awarded her with the title, youngest self-made billionaire ever, thanks to her Kylie Cosmetics empire. 

Whilst her work keeps her busy, drama doesn’t ever leave her side; her best friend Jordyn Woods made headlines for kissing her half-sister Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend, Tristan Thompson at a club. All h*ll broke loose, and the squabbles can be seen on - but of course -  Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Last Christmas" at AMC Lincoln Square on October 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

6. Michelle Yeoh

Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, 57, is not resting on her laurels any time soon; the martial arts-trained actress spends her time acting and raising awareness on climate change. She continues to go strong in Hollywood, where she steered the ship in Star Trek: Discovery, and manned a store in Last Christmas. We can’t wait to see if there’s more of her in the sequel of Crazy Rich Asians!

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

5. Meghan Markle

What a roller coaster year for the Duchess of Sussex! Earlier this year, the world got to celebrate the beautiful birth of Archie on 6 May, together with his parents, Meghan and Harry. But the tabloids continue to be unkind to Markle, as they hound her with fictitious, printed stories. Apparently having had enough, she launched a lawsuit on UK tabloid The Mail last Sunday, after they illegally published a personal letter that she wrote to her father. 

HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 03: Singer/actress Sammi Cheng Sau-man attends a Hong Kong Cancer Fund event on September 3, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

4. Sammi Cheng

Singer Sammi Cheng hasn’t had an easy year; she got dragged into a public scandal when her husband Andy Hui was snapped behind a taxi, kissing someone that’s not her! Hui reportedly admitted to cheating on the singer with actress Jacqueline Wang. Cheng, hurt by the incident, moved out of the home she shared with Hui

Cheng then took a break from showbiz and spent some time travelling solo. Soon after her return to Hong Kong, she was hospitalised for severe heartburn. We hope she’ll get better soon!

SANYA, CHINA - JULY 06: South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo attends Sulwhasoo event on July 6, 2019 in Sanya, Hainan Province of China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

3. Song Hye-kyo

K-drama fans were left reeling with shock when news of their favourite couple Song-Song, filed for divorce in July. Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo were married after 20 months and their wedding was a star-studded affair, graced by celebrities like Zhang Ziyi, Yoo Ah-in, Choi Ji-woo and Park Bo-gum. After the divorce, Hye-kyo returned for a public event with beauty brand Sulwhasoo, which she is an ambassador.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JUNE 14: Actress Jacqueline Wong attends Le Temps Chanel exhibition on June 14, 2018 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

2. Jacqueline Wong

American-born Hong Kong Canadian actress Jacqueline Wong has suffered her fair share of embarrassment this year - she was caught frolicking with singer Sammi Cheng’s husband Andy Hui, at the back of a taxi. Not only did she cause a riff between the star couple because of the scandal, she broke her boyfriend, Kenneth Ma’s trust, too. She has since returned to Hong Kong months after hiding in the US, but we don’t know if the industry will be forgiving of her misdeeds.

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1. Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu is a well-known Chinese-Filipino actress, singer and television host from the Philippines. Besides busying herself with acting gigs, the actress is into vlogging and social media, where she constantly shares updates about her travels and boyfriend, Xian Lim. As a fashionista, the effortless Chiu made it to the best dressed list for a backless gown she wore to ABS-CBN ball in September.

In November, several news reports say she was rushed to the ER after being bitten by a small dog. She was discharged without any major complications, and the actress took to social media to share her updates: "Lesson learned never pet a ‘stranger’ dog, just because they’re cute and small.” Ouch, but glad to hear she’s okay.