All dressed up in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s glamorous new Cruise Collection for Christian Dior, five lovely ladies – Melanie Kartadinata, Mikha Tambayong, Robyn Lukmito, Marcella Santoso and Caitlin Halderman – tells us about their hopes, their dreams and their beauty routines.
“I started to realise the importance of having a healthy lifestyle when I was a ballerina,” says Melanie Kartadinata. The co-founder of The Ballet Academy at Casagaya and Fitness Embassy, a private fitness studio in Kebayoran Baru, posed for Prestige the day after returning from a hiking trip to Mount Semeru, East Java.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I feel that I still have a lot of energy, maybe a little bit too much,” laughs Melanie. “I love hiking – in fact I’ve become addicted to it. In the last year I have climbed Mounts Gede, Salak, Ciremai and Rinjani, as well as Semeru.
“My mom is my biggest influence. She was a platform diving athlete. I continue to work out because I think it’s important to know your body’s strengths and to correct any weaknesses. The other important factors to remember about health and beauty are to get enough sleep and to have a healthy mindset.”
Melanie doesn’t keep her beauty secrets to herself. “My cousin and I decided to create a movement, Ageing Gracefully. We’ve noticed that a lot of my friends are not so well anymore, and they tend to be less active. We want to encourage the over forties to stay healthy, active and happy. If age is just a number, feeling old is just a mindset.”
Model, actress and singer Mikha Tambayong started her career in the entertainment industry when she was 13 years old. “I studied piano since four years old, practically grew up with it, and I looked up to my uncle (singer Harvey Malaiholo) for inspiration,” she says.
“I wanted to sing, but my mom signed me up for a modelling competition. I did well, and that led to the acting world. At first, I didn’t want to act, but it turned out that I could pursue my dream to be a singer as well as be an actress.”
Just turned 24, Mikha has a new movie out, a comedy called Belok Kanan Barcelona, and she has also released a new single with Rizky Febian: “Berpisah itu Mudah”. “I’ve done a lot of movies recently and the focus has gone away from the music. Now I’m catching up on it,” she says.
The holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Pelita Harapan University, Mikha adds: “In the next few months, I shall be a speaker at a couple of conferences, one on women’s equality and another on foreign policy.”
“Taking care of your health is the number one thing to do,” says Robyn Lukmito, who founded RR Atelier, which provides custom-made furniture, interior design and planning services, with her sister Renata in 2016. “It’s as simple as drinking a lot of water. I drink green juice every morning, and I do yoga, Pilates and Muay Thai to keep my body strong. Once a week, I go to the salon or the beauty clinic to do my hair and refresh my face.
“My dreams are always about design. I like colours, patterns, textures, inspiring artworks. My dad owns (furniture manufacturer) Citra Cipta Bika. Watching his company grow encouraged me to become an interior designer.”
Robyn studied at Parsons’ School of Design, New York, majoring in Interior Architecture, for four years. She then worked for interior design firms for a couple of years. “That was a totally new world for me, learning how to please a high-end clientele,” she says. “After New York, I moved to Paris for eight months, designing for small apartments and studying French at the Sorbonne. I explored a lot of antique shops and flea markets in Paris. The French love vintage stuff.”
As a Junior Partner at Ariyanto Arnaldo Law, Marcella Santoso must stay active and healthy in the middle of the busy schedule. She spends most of her working days with clients in police stations, meeting rooms and court rooms.
“I wake up at 7 am and spend the first hour of the day working out,” she says. “I make it easy to manage my hair by keeping it cut really short. On the weekends, I never skip my beauty routine. I do facials and cream baths regularly. It’s a simple routine, but it helps a lot.”
A Doctoral Candidate of Law from University of Indonesia, Marcella admires the work and courage of Mahatma Gandhi, who was called to the bar in London and had his own law practice in Mumbai before becoming leader of the Indian independence movement.
“Becoming a lawyer was my dream from childhood,” says Marcella. “My dad taught me that, to live in Indonesia, we have to understand the state law. It’s very important because it strongly relates to our rights, our wealth, when we want to open a business and so on. My specialisation is as an advocate in general litigation. It’s not just about winning or losing cases, but about representing clients to the best of my ability.”
Like all successful actors, 18-year-old Caitlin Halderman leads a high-paced life. “Making movies is an exhausting job, so it’s important for me to maintain my health and to have a good beauty routine,” she says. “Once I get home after a day of shooting, I wash all my make-up off. Then I steam my face for half an hour. Since I have a combination and sensitive skin, I put on a face mask, applying serum and face oil. As for my health, I always try my best to get enough sleep and to eat healthier, including plenty of vegetables and fruit. I drink a lot of water, take my vitamins, and I work out when I have time.”
Caitlin has just finished shooting DreadOut: The Movie with Marsha Aruan, Susan Sameh, Ciccio Marassero, Isry Adillah and Jeffry Nichol. “It’s a thriller-survival game that has been adapted into a movie about a group of high-school students who are trying to solve the mystery of a ghostly woman in a red kebaya,” she tells us.
“I have the lead role as Linda. Hopefully, the movie will be released by the end of the year. The shoot took 33 days, and on every single one of them I had to get wet – since a lot of scenes were shot in mud and water. I was running and rolling in mud from morning until night! It was pretty tiring and the most challenging thing ever, but still total fun.”
PHOTOGRAPHY andre wiredja
STYLING peter zewet
Interviews liviani putri
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