10 of our favourite Yuna moments
In celebration of her 31st birthday, we look back at some of the best things she's done in recent years
Yuna turns 31 years old today! She's come a long, long way since she first started out as a singer. Now in addition to being one of Malaysia's most celebrated artists, she's also an entrepreneur, a designer and one of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. You can tell that we love her because she was our cover girl twice – in October 2016 and May 2014.
In honour of the Malaysian songbird's birthday, we rounded up the 10 best moments when she either made us laugh or cry with happiness. P.S: these moments are not ranked or in order.
1. When she performed for the 9th ASEAN Para Games
She did not sing just one song, she sang seven of her best songs – one at the opening ceremony and the other six at the closing. For both events, she wore two different sparkly ensembles by local designer Hatta Dolmat.
2. When she co-designed a collection with Hatta Dolmat
If her Instagram #OOTDs were any indication, you'd know that Yuna's got some great styling points. So when she released a collection she co-designed with Hatta Dolmat, it was all we could do to not empty the bank over every pretty piece.
3. When she reminded us that every day can be women's day
For International Women's Day last year, Yuna wrote a heartfelt Instagram post where she reminded women around the world that every day is women's day. "You are you. Be you my sweet woman," she wrote. "Don't let anybody take the softness in your heart, the light in your eyes, and your magic!"
4. When she got engaged to Adam Sinclair
Nothing made us cry happier tears than the videos and photos of Yuna at her engagement ceremony with beau Adam Sinclair. The best part is being able to watch the happy events unfold over and over again via YouTube. (Thank you, Vint Cerf and Robert E. Kahn for the internet.)
5. When she became the first Malaysian nominated for a BET Award
In May this year, the songbird was nominated for the BET Centric Award, making her the first Malaysian to be nominated for the awards. Although she didn't win, it was a hugely proud moment for all of us back here to see her song Crush featuring Usher go up against music from other amazing artists like Mary J. Blige, Solange and Kehlani.
6. When she collaborated on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games theme song
Yuna is one of the five artists who collaborated on the track The Fire. The song was originally performed by The Roots and John Legend.
7. When she organised a music festival for her friends
In February this year, Yuna and her team at Yuna Room Records hosted Lovelifest, their first independent music festival. She used her platform to then promote her fellow musicians from Malaysia.
"When I first started out, I had a lot of friends from the music industry who grew up with me," she told us. "We went through a lot together and it's amazing that we are still very good friends... it's pretty much like a reunion of friends getting together playing music, and it is also to promote the local indie music scene."
8. When she sang a Disney original song
We could NOT control our feels when Yuna posted a clip of herself belting out Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. We've lost count of the many times we've watched the video (and sang along to it).
9. When she gave us this little golden nugget
For our October 2016 issue, we asked Yuna 10 important questions, one of which was 'What is success to you?' To that she replied with: "Success is when you're able to be yourself when the whole world is trying to change you." *Mic drop*
10. When she called out racists on social media
"Isn't it weird, the biggest racism and discrimination that I've ever faced, was never from the Americans – it was from my own race," she wrote in July last year. "There I've said it. They call me 'perempuan sampah' and tell me to 'might as well go naked'. The worst, hurtful & sexist things I've ever had thrown to me, were from the lips of the Malays."
Honestly, we could go on and on and on about how much we love Yuna but we're just gonna wrap it up here. Happy birthday, Yuna!