Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh has made history as the first Asian to win the Best Actress Oscars at the Academy Awards for her lead role in the sci-fi comedy film Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Her historic win reveals a beacon of hope, even as it affirms the striving of the hard-working women in the world, especially when she emphasised, “Ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime. Never give up!”
One woman, in particular, whom Michelle Yeoh exalted in her Oscars speech was none other than her 84-year-old mum. Letting out an emotional breath, she said: “I have to dedicate this to my mum – all the mums in the world because they are really the superheroes, and, without them, none of us would be here tonight.”
“She’s 84, and I’m taking this home to her,” she said.
As the audience burst into applause at the Academy Awards, a roaring celebration was happening in Malaysia, KL, where Michelle Yeoh’s mother, Janet Yeoh, was witnessing her daughter’s win with family and friends.
Janet Yeoh celebrating her daughter’s win
Turn back the clock a few seconds, just before the presenter Jessica Chastain announced Best Lead Actress: Janet Yeoh and others in the room held their breath in anticipation.
When her daughter’s name was uttered, cheers erupted and Janet Yeoh beamed, emotionally, with joy, as those around her clutched at her with resounding congratulations.
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Janet Yeoh’s look that evening
The reaction video has tugged at so many’s heartstrings and we couldn’t help but notice just how gorgeous and glamorous Michelle Yeoh’s 84-year-old mum looked during the celebrations.
She was wearing a magnificent floral-detailed white gown and pearly white earrings, beaming from the inside out. This is a woman, proof that women don’t have a “prime”. As Michelle Yeoh already, essentially, underlined, how dare anyone say otherwise?
Janet Yeoh signed her daughter up for Miss Malaysia
Janet Yeoh, the 1983 pageant winner’s and 2023 Oscars winner’s mum, has played a formidable role in her daughter’s endeavours in the entertainment industry, as revealed by the actress in an interview with Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show.
“She suddenly looped into this whole thing about, you should go on stage more, you should do this, because now you’re 21,” droned Michelle Yeoh. She later realised: “She had entered me for Miss Malaysia.”
“She actually signed the form, so technically,” she paused briefly, “I’m not legit.” The audience laughed with her. Norton protested, “But you think – oh terrible thing to do. You won!”
Michelle Yeoh’s “gorgeous Mum”
Michelle Yeoh, about five weeks back, had updated her Instagram feed with a post starring her vivacious mother, with the caption: “My gorgeous Mum, would never dare say shut up to her in a million years”.
Janet Yeoh, on the first slide, posed with hand on hip in a spectacular flowing white gown, the neckline lined with wispy white feathers, and with heavy earrings hanging from her lobes.
The comments section brimmed with comments about how stunning her mother is, and how beauty runs in the family.
One user posted: “Oh that’s where you got your beauty from” and another user wrote: “Asian women always forever young” with a heart-eye emoji at the end of both comments.
Netizens also made reference to Michelle Yeoh’s interview with Graham Norton, still laughing at the hilarious story of how her mum signed her up for Miss Malaysia when she was 21 years old.
So, even as we celebrate Michelle Yeoh’s momentous Oscars win, we’re taking our hats off to the beautiful woman whose shoulders she stood on all these years: her “superhero” mum.
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