Calista Cuaca (Singapore Influencer)

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Calista Cuaca
Calista cuaca.png
BornDecember 1998
EducationIB Diploma
Alma materISS International School
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in)

Calista Cuaca (born December 1998)[1] is a Singaporean influencer and the daughter of the socialite, Jamie Chua. In 2019, she launched a jewellery collection called IAMLIMITEDITION that she co-designed and curated with her friend-turned-creative partner, Dyon Foo. As of September 2020, Calista has 288,000 followers on Instagram and over 28,000 subscribers on YouTube.

Background

Early life & family

Calista (left) and her mother, Jamie Chua in 2019. Photo from Vestiaire Collective.

Calista Cuaca was born in December 1998 to Jamie Chua and the business tycoon, Nurdian Cuaca who have since separated. Calista and Jamie occasionally make YouTube videos together that showcase their close mother-daughter relationship.[2][3][4][5] When Calista was nine years old, Jamie bought a heart-shaped solitaire pendant and matching ring amounting to $300,000 for her daughter’s future wedding.[6] In 2019, the mother-daughter pair wore matching dresses for a photo shoot along Orchard Road to commemorate Calista’s 21st birthday.[7] In an interview with Vestiaire Collective, Calista shared that:

"My mother and I have very different tastes when it comes to fashion. When I was a kid my mom would always make me wear these frilly dresses which I absolutely disliked. I explored fashion on my own over the years as well as through my circle of friends, and developed my androgynous style of dressing that I am most comfortable with."[8]

Calista also has an older brother named Cleveland.[9]

Education

Calista Cuaca was a student at ISS International School where she graduated with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in 2016.[10] She then furthered her studies at James Cook University where she studied marketing.[11] Calista has also taken a one-month fashion styling course at Istituto Marangoni in London.[1]

Influencer

According to a 2015 feature article by Vulcan Post, Calista Cuaca had about 21,000 Instagram followers at the time.[12] By 2020, her following had multiplied by over ten times. As a fashion influencer and the daughter of an established socialite, Calista Cuaca has made appearances at prominent social events such as the ICON Ball in 2018 and 2019.[13] As of 2020, Calista is an active content creator on both Instagram and YouTube. She is managed by Gushcloud Singapore.

YouTube channel

The thumbnail for Calista's channel trailer.

Calista Cuaca started posting video content for YouTube in May 2020. Her channel predominantly features fashion, beauty and lifestyle content although she has also released a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare gaming video in July 2020.[14] As of September 2020, Calista’s most popular video titled ‘ROOM TOUR 2020’ has over 230,000 views.[15]

Features

Calista and her friend, Dyon Foo pictured for Tatler Singapore. Photo from source.

Due to her influencer status, Calista Cuaca has been featured by several established fashion and lifestyle publications. In 2019, Calista was a featured personality in MU/SE magazine’s anniversary issue. The following is a list of Calista’s media features over the years.

Year Publication Refs.
2020 Tatler Singapore [16]
Tatler Singapore [17]
MU/SE [18][19]
2018 CLEO Singapore [20]
Tatler Singapore [21]
2017 Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore [22]
L'OFFICIEL Singapore [23]
2016 Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore [24]

Other endeavours

IAMLIMITEDEDITION (2019)

In 2018, Calista embarked on a creative venture with her best friend and business partner, Dyon Foo, where they designed over ten pieces of jewellery consisting of statement earrings and necklaces.[25] Dyon Foo is the son of Jessie Foo, the founder of a fine jewellery business in Singapore called Yuli Inc. Fine Jewellery.[26] The duo's collection officially launched in 2019.[27] Among those who attended IAMLIMITEDEDITION's launch event was Mae Tan, Sonia Chew, Arissa Cheo and Kim Lim.[28]

References/ Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Calikins. "Q&A (ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS) | CALISTA CUACA". YouTube. May 13, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  2. Jamie Chua. "CALISTA HAS BEEN KEEPING SOMETHING FROM ME | SPILL THE TEA, SIS EP 4". YouTube. September 10, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  3. Jamie Chua. "IS THIS HOW THE GEN Z SPEAK? | JAMIE CHUA". YouTube. June 25, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  4. Jamie Chua. "BAKING FOCACCIA BREAD WITH CALISTA | JAMIE CHUA". YouTube. May 21, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  5. Calikins. "BAKING LAVA CAKE WITH MY MUM (IT WAS CHAOTIC!) | CALISTA CUACA". YouTube. August 19, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  6. Hidayah Idris. "Jamie Chua Bought Her Daughter $300k Worth Of Jewellery When She Was 9". CLEO. May 9, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  7. Jamie Chua. "TWINNING W/ CALISTA FOR HER BIRTHDAY! | JAMIE CHUA". YouTube. December 19, 2019. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  8. "Seller series: Jamie Chua and Calista Cuaca". Vestiaire Collective. February 27, 2019. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  9. Cheow Sue-Ann. "How real is Crazy Rich Asians' portrayal of the crazy rich in Singapore?". The New Paper. August 27, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  10. xcalikins. "Finally 🙌🏻🎓". Instagram. May 22, 2016. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  11. Chan, Cheryl. "Meet The Real Crazy Rich Asians: Calista Cuaca". Singapore Tatler. September 5, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  12. Dawn. "Apps I Live By: Lifestyle Instagrammer, Calista Cuaca". Vulcan Post. 2015. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  13. Ho Guo Xiong. "15 Of The Best Dressed Influencers And Socialites At This Year’s ICON Ball". Her World. April 15, 2019. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  14. Calikins. "CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE: WARZONE BATTLE | CALISTA CUACA". YouTube. July 22, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  15. Calikins. "ROOM TOUR 2020 | CALISTA CUACA". YouTube. May 20, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  16. Tatler Singapore. "#GucciJackie1961: Calista Cuaca, Dawn Koh, Dyon Foo, Tan Min-Li and Suhina Singh". YouTube. September 15, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  17. Tatler Singapore. "Calista Cuaca, Mae Tan and friends dance in Ferragamo's new Viva shoes". YouTube. March 28, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  18. MU/SE TV. "MU/SE Inside Calista Cuaca Louis Vuitton Trunk". YouTube. January 29, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  19. MU/SE TV. "MU/SE 5 things you didn't know about Calista Cuaca". YouTube. January 29, 2020. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  20. Hong, Sophie. "We Hung Out With Singapore’s It Girls Of Instagram For A Day". CLEO. January 5, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  21. Tatler Singapore. "The REAL Crazy Rich Asians' Guide To SG | Singapore Tatler x Dick Lee, Peggy Jeffs & Calista Cuaca". YouTube. August 20, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  22. Harper's BAZAAR Singapore. "BAZAAR Stylish Women 2017: Calista Cuaca". YouTube. December 20, 2017. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  23. Tay, Grace. "Peckish Feeling". L'OFFICIEL Singapore. August 2017. Accessed on 25 September 2020. Retrieved from Magzter.
  24. Koh, Dana. "The Chic Clique: Jamie Chua And Calista Cuaca, The Queen & Her Princess". Harper's BAZAAR Singapore. May 25, 2016. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  25. xcalikins. "This has been months in the making...". Instagram. November 13, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  26. Zhang, Hayley. "Social elite next-gen share their passion for jewellery design". ICON Singapore. November 13, 2018. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  27. Zhang, Hayley. "Social elite Dyon Foo, Calista Cuaca launch new jewellery line". ICON Singapore. August 23, 2019. Accessed on 25 September 2020.
  28. Zhang, Hayley. "Social A-listers turnout at Dyon Foo and Calista Cuaca's latest jewellery launch party". ICON Singapore. September 6, 2019. Accessed on 25 September 2020.