Each year, the Prestige It List highlights Indonesia’s most inspiring figures in the high society, entertainment, arts and sports. More than just a tribute of past achievements, the It List is a prediction of who will make it big in the coming year.
Here goes, the Prestige It List 2017. Full stories of the It List figures are out now in the December issue.
It Philanthropist: Veronica Colondam
Veronica Colondam has helped improve the lives of more than 3 million underprivileged youth since founding Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) in 1999. Her foundation’s work to steer young people away from drugs and into education is admired not just in Indonesia, but overseas. This year, NGO Advisor, an independent Geneva-based organisation that monitors foundations worldwide, ranked YCAB Foundation at No. 49 among the world’s top 500 NGOs – a remarkable achievement indeed.
It Entrepreneur: Wiliam Tanuwijaya
William Tanuwijaya believes he has created “the most beautiful business model in the world”. He is the co-founder, with Leontinus Alpha Edison, of Tokopedia. This is an open marketplace that provides hundreds of thousands of small-business owners in Indonesia with an online platform to sell their products online.
In 2014, Tokopedia became the first internet company in Southeast Asia to receive US$100 million in investment from SoftBank and Sequoia Capital, two of the world’s most powerful venture-capital firms.
It Sportspeople: Liliyana Natsir & Tontowi Ahmad
As Indonesia marked its 71st anniversary on August 17 this year, Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad were standing on the Summer Olympics podium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As the shiny gold medals were hung around their necks, they couldn’t hide their tears as they sang “Indonesia Raya”. The triumphant duo had just defeated Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia in the badminton mixed-doubles final, winning Indonesia’s only gold medal at the Games.
It Artist: Aditya Novali
The Solo-born installation artist, who studied architecture at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung and has a Master’s degree in Conceptual Design from the Netherlands, was a finalist in the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards. Presented at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore last January, the programme recognised the year’s best emerging Asian contemporary artists.
Curator Jim Supangkat has said of the artist: “Aditya Novali’s works tend towards the concept of play. It seems that he has extended an invitation for the audience to join in on a game of snakes and ladders, Monopoly, checkers or chess.”
It Models: Chloe Clau, Helene Jansen, Michelle Tahalea
Chloe Clau represents the “other” types of beauty that have recently been receiving attention. With the rise of androgynous models like Agyness Deyn, transgender beauties like Andrej Pejic and discoloured figures like Winnie Harlow, Chloe’s boyish charm is finally getting the buzz it deserves.
This year has been momentous for Michelle Tahalea. Not only did she get to walk for many major Indonesian designers – from Biyan to Sapto Djojokartiko – but her work was also recognised at the Asia Model Awards.
“I got the opportunity this year to travel to the south of France and work for Cartier. It was an experience I treasure,” she says. “Next year, I will travel here every two to three months. That way, I can balance work and family.”
It Designers: Ari Seputra & Inneke Margarethe
“I felt that I spent too long designing similar clothes, chiffon tops with drapery, sequins and all that. Although there was a big
demand for it, I thought that I needed to get out of the design comfort zone. I wanted to be current, be in the now,” Ari Seputra says.
That marked the birth of Major Minor, a brand that he launched with wife and creative partner Sari Seputra, and head designer Inneke Margarethe, in 2011. Determined to make Major Minor a separate entity from Ari Seputra, there was no mention of the brains behind the brand when it first came out.
Social Media Icon: Ayu Tingting
Much like another lovely and dynamic young pop vocalist – America’s Taylor Swift – Ayu uses social media very successfully to build her fan base and develop her career. At the time of writing, the 24-year-old star was closing in on 17 million Instagram followers. This stunning figure, which possibly makes her the site’s most followed Indonesian, has been officially verified by Instagram’s Hong Kong office.
It Actress: Tara Basro
Tara Basro has made a name for herself in dramatic roles, winning a Best Actress award at Festival Film Indonesia 2015 for her part as Sari in Joko Anwar’s A Copy of My Mind. But now the 26-year-old actress has added singing and dancing to her portfolio with her turn as Ella in Nia Dinata’s Ini Kisah Tiga Dara (This is The Story of Three Girls), inspired by Umar Ismail’s Tiga Dara (Three Girls) from the 1980s. The new musical drama film also stars Shanty, Tatyana Akman, Titiek Puspa, Rio Dewanto, Joko Anwar and Reuben Elishama.
It Actors: Abimana Aryasatya, Tora Sudiro, Vino G. Bastian
Abimana Aryasatya, Tora Sudiro and Vino G. Bastian recreated the nostalgic world of slapstick comedians Dono, Kasino and Indro with their acclaimed performances in the box-office sensation Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss Part 1. It’s the most-watched film ever in Indonesia, having sold more than 6.8 million tickets.
It Girl: Velove Vexia
Velove Vexia is a busy body. One week, she will fly to the Big Apple and hang out with fashionistas from around the globe at New York Fashion Week. Then she will attend an exclusive after-party with other it girls, such as Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Emily DiDonato and Georgina Wilson.
At any other time, she might be seen gracing a photo shoot, promoting one of her movies or being the face of one of the big brands she supports. Alternatively, she might be far away from the madding crowd, writing a book about women’s empowerment.
Socialite of the Year: Amalia Wirjono
Amalia Wirjono has pursued this mission as a former Vice President and Indonesia Representative of Christie’s, the international auction house, from 2008 to 2012, and as Hong Kong Sales Director of Gagosian Gallery, one of the most important contemporary-art galleries in the world.
Since last year, she has been VIP Representative for Southeast Asia of Art Basel, which each year stages three of the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fairs in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Amalia also has a book project and a film documentary in the works. “Art is my first and eternal love,” Amalia says.
Fashion Icon: Widi Wardhana
Widi Wardhana is an inspiring female leader. She is the Director at family-owned Teladan Group, a dedicated mother of two, and wife to Wishnu Wardhana. On top of it all, she always picks the right dress for the right occasion.
Read her story here.