Professional young Singaporean men are racing to catch up with their metrosexual colleagues in other parts of the world as they latch onto the trend of unashamedly buying themselves diamond jewelry, according to reports from jewelers in the city.
There has been a noticeable rise in the number of men treating themselves to jewelry, particularly ear studs, although pendants, bracelets and rings costing many thousands of dollars are also becoming popular.
These new customers are usually in the 20s and self-employed.
The new trend could be a backlash against the authoritarian rule of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who led Singapore to independence and served as Prime Minister from 1959-1990.
Known for instituting extremely tough rules for personal behavior which have continued, Lee Kuan Yew outlawed chewing gum and promoted corporal punishment, such as flogging, for petty offenders.
And it seems the atmosphere of strict discipline that Lee Kuan Yew promoted continues to have a strong influence since many of today's fashion-conscious men are said to only wear their ear studs in after work hours and at the weekend.
This article has really left me perplexed. Is the wearing of an ear ring by a male Singaporean a sign of defiance? Maybe it could be a secret sign to others? What is going on guys?