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Mummies get Seminaked

MAMA MIA: Miss Pearly Wong (left) with her mother, Mrs Isabel Wong.

MOTHER OF TWO: Mrs Emma Austen-Jones, a blogger.

The first Seminaked Party in Singapore hosted by Spanish high-street fashion label Desigual saw a rare combo of mother and daughter in swimsuits.

Mrs Isabel Wong, a 63-year-old housewife, and her 34-year-old daughter, Pearly, a passenger relations officer at Changi Airport, stripped down to the bare minimum for some freebies.

Cool mother? Not quite. She had to be convinced. "When she first told me about it, I asked her, 'Are you mad?'" said Mrs Wong.

"Do they have an age limit? What if I'm too old and they just throw me in some corner with the dustbin?"

But when her daughter mentioned the freebies and assured her that there was no age limit, Mrs Wong agreed.

In a tankini (a bathing suit combining a tank top) and swimwear bottoms that clung to their thighs, mother and daughter seemed overjoyed the moment they were given the green light to rummage through the store's clothes.

They made a decision to save on winter-wear by picking out jackets for their trip to Europe next year.

Approaching the counter, Mrs Wong was told that she had exceeded her one-outfit limit.

"I thought we could take two jackets - one long-sleeved and the other short-sleeved," she laughed.

Mrs Wong was not the only mother daring enough to show up at the event.

FUN

Mrs Emma Austen-Jones, 38, a mother of two, decided to join the fun after reading about it on Facebook.

"It's not every day that Desigual gives away free clothes," said the blogger.

She was 25th in the queue when she turned up just before 7am.

As quirky and carefree as she seemed, Mrs Austen-Jones revealed after the event that she was actually quite fearful about flaunting her body.

"I was mega worried about revealing so much flesh in a public place. But then there was such a great atmosphere that I forgot my fears," she said.