Victoria Hay joined the police force in 2013, aiming to stand up for justice to ensure all women will have someone to turn to after a nasty experience. With her good looks, she has been the face of Singapore Police Force from 2015- 2020. Recently, she quit her job to pursue her passion for arts and cake making.
What female empowerment mean to you?
Female empowerment is a woman who is not afraid, who believes in herself and doesn't back down from a challenge.
What does the International Women’s Day slogan, #ChooseToChallenge mean for you in your life?
I have a choice to be comfortable where I am or to constantly challenge myself to be a better version of myself. #choosetochallenge means to go beyond what is comfortable, be more, create more and experience more.
What barriers have you faced, as a woman, in becoming successful in your field? How did you overcome them?
Back in the Police Force, the environment was dominated by men and to overcome challenges that might arise from working in a male-dominated field, it is really important that women help out other women. Now that I'm venturing into my own business, it is a whole new ball game altogether. People may be sceptical of your determination at first but shut out the noise and push on.
Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to women considering pursuing a career in your field?
Starting your own business is never an easy feat. Focus on your purpose and always remind yourself why you chose this path in the first place.
How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?
It is important for people to lift each other up, regardless of gender. It costs nothing to your own success when you help someone else achieve theirs. It means a lot to me when I receive encouragement and guidance, and it puts me in a better position to do the same for someone else in future.
On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women?
Know your strengths and don’t be afraid to embrace them.