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Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with CoryAnne Roberts


Our next subject of #art8ambyinterview article surely will win you over with her striking look, amazing curls and fun, outgoing and laid-back personality. Meet the 19 year-old CoryAnne Roberts who is competing in the latest cycle of America’s Next Top Model revived at VH1.

Find out why she calls Bali, Indonesia as her hometown, and how she made it to be the finalist of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 23 in our interview below!

CoryAnne is represented by LA Models and Fauve Models, Bali.

Photos courtesy of @corylovesyou.

First of all, we’d like to congratulate you for being one of the 14 contestants of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 23. Could you share with us about the exciting process from the casting until the final announcement?

Thank you so much! I’m really excited to share a little bit about this unforgettable experience with you! I was scouted over Instagram by an ANTM angel at the beginning of the year. I honestly could hardly believe it was all real until halfway through the casting process. It’s so crazy because I’ve watched ANTM since I was a little girl, but I never would have thought to actually cast for it! Then finally after months of paperwork, interviews, and video/picture submissions I received a call that would change my life.

It was crazy because I dropped my phone earlier that day and my phone wasn’t working, but for some God-given reason I was able to receive that call. Thousands of women from all over the country applied to be on this 23rd cycle of America’s Next Top Model. I couldn’t be more proud and grateful that I was chosen as one of the top 14.

We understand that you have Indonesian heritage, can you elaborate more about that? And what are your favourite things about Indonesia?

I’m not Indonesian but I do consider Bali to be my hometown. I moved to Bali when I was 4 years old to live with my father who had just started a garment factory there. I lived there until I was about 14 when I started to crave new and different opportunities. It was so amazing to be able to grow up around so many different types of people, cultures, and religions. My unique upbringing definitely helped shape me into who I am today. I mean instead of going to amusement parks and museums for field trips, we climbed volcanoes and swam to waterfalls. Bali memiliki hatiku!

I have to say my favorite thing about Indonesia is probably how the different islands are so culturally different and yet Indonesia still has an incomparable sense of unity and national pride. Ohh and don’t get me started on the food!! I still put sambal on everything!

Who are the models that you look up to as inspiration to work in this industry? Have you ever met your favourite models/celebrity and get starstruck?

Zoë Isabella Kravitz is such an inspiration to me. She’s so multi-talented and I love that she used modeling as a platform to explore other avenues in the entertainment industry. I also admire how opinionated and politically active she is. Not to mention her exotic look is just absolutely stunning! I actually have quite a few of my favorite celebrities! I went to Rihanna‘s birthday last year and still to this day, very few parties compare… Just imagine all your idols in the same Cliffside glass venue turning up to celebrate the queen… Unreal.

Opening Prada and Chanel, appear on the cover of Vogue Italia, and walk for lots of fashion shows during fashion week are some of models biggest dreams. What would be your dream job in modeling industry?

I have so many interests and ideas; I’d really like to be a model that thrives in all facets of the industry. I want to travel more and show people that I can be both commercial and high fashion. I’d love to collaborate with brands to make my own lines and also be a spokeswoman/face. Walking in Paris, Milan, and NY Fashion Weeks are definitely dreams of mine as well.

What is your favourite beauty routine, and how do you maintain your natural curls and glowing complexion?

I get bi-monthly facials and make sure to always wash my hands and brushes before applying my makeup. I love Eradikate by Kate Sommerville when I need to get rid of a blemish practically overnight. Toners and under eye creams every morning and night are imperative as well. As far as my hair, I make sure to condition and brush my hair in the shower every single day, and I use Deva curl for definition. The key is moisture!

What are the essential things you pack during travelling and casting?

Music is literally like anti-anxiety/stress medication for me; so I make sure I carry earphones with me wherever I go. I also always have rose water spray in purse to keep my skin hydrated and glowy.

Can you share with us the story on how you started modelling?

The most popular girl’s clothing store in Bali while I was growing up was called Kiki’s Closet. All the little expat island princess’ were obsessed with it, including me. I was getting picked up from school one day when a woman approached me and asked if I wanted to model for her brand. I still remember the euphoric feeling that took over my body after she told me her brand’s name was Kiki’s Closet. After the photos came out I just kept getting more and more offers. 9 years later, I still look at those photos every so often and just smile.

Who is your all-time favourite singer or band and what is your favourite TV shows to binge-watch?

My music taste is so eclectic I could never pick a single all-time favorite. I honestly just appreciate all music so much. Travis Scott, Kaytranada, and Mr. Carmack are some of my favorites at the moment though. The Office, Are You The One, The Challenge, and Family Guy are always going to be go-to binge shows for me.

What do you usually do during your free time and what is your hidden talent that no one knows?

I don’t have any family in LA, my friends literally become my family. So in my free time I love spending time with them going to lunch, events, and random activities. I also love hiking and doing creative test shoots. Hmm, I don’t think I’d call it a “hidden talent” but I really love to dance!

Lastly, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling? And what is your guilty pleasure?

Probably just taking extra classes at UCLA to graduate faster! Ahh reality shows are my guilty pleasure actually! My father always thought they were silly so I used to pretend I didn’t like them haha!


Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with Laras Sekar Arum


Laras Sekar Arum is making Indonesia proud! The 18 year-old runway stunner is recently signed with one of the world’s most respected agencies, Ford Paris. During her busy Paris trip last November, we talked with her about her favourite music genres, essential items she carry around, and the ultimate question of how did she get scouted.

Laras is represented by Native Models ID, Jakarta and Ford Paris.

Polaroids are courtesy of art8amby and Lukimages.

First of all, we would like to congratulate you on getting signed with Ford Paris! Could you share with us about the exciting process on how you got scouted by them?

Well, thank you so much! To be honest I feel like I am still dreaming and I haven’t woken up since September. I am so lucky that I am currently here in Paris, France, and that I am given the chance to work with amazing people that I can learn a lot from. It all started when I first join my mother agency in Jakarta, Indonesia, called Native Models ID.

They started taking my polaroids and posted some on Instagram. Days later, I was approached by Ford Paris. Native Models ID, Ford Paris and I were working on my travel plan after that, and now I am on their board, signed the contract recently.

Tell us a bit more about you, Laras!

I was born in Balikpapan, East kalimantan on December 15th, 1997. I have two brothers and one sister, and I am the youngest.

Can you share with us the story on how you started modelling?

I was born and raised in Balikpapan, and when I was 17, I went to Jakarta for holiday. While I was there a friend of mine asked me to join an open casting for models held by a model agency based in Jakarta. I had no idea what to expect but I was chosen as one of their models. However, I was still finishing high school back then. I had my share of going back and forth Balikpapan and Jakarta for some jobs. When I graduated high school, I finally had the guts to asked my parents to let me stay in Jakarta and pursue my modelling career. It took a while for my parents to let me go, but now they support me.

Who are the models that you look up to as inspiration to work in this industry?

Kate Moss, I love her!

Opening Prada and Chanel and landed the cover slot of Vogue Italia are some of models biggest dreams. What would be your dream job in modeling industry?

Walk for international fashion weeks and all of those you just mentioned, of course!

What is your daily beauty routine, and how do you maintain your physique?

Don’t really have a daily routine to be honest. Basic skin care and vitamins are essentials. I wear lotion no matter what, this is number one on my beauty list. I also don’t leave house without applying it on the back of my hands. Drink plenty of water. I always try to make sure I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

How do you usually style yourself during casting and what are the essential items you carry on your bag everywhere?

Wear something simple and casual, like a cool jacket or some oversized sweater/shirt/tank top with short pants or high-waisted skinny jeans.

I basically carry around the same things every single day, just switching some stuff out once in awhile. I obviously always have my wallet with me because I can’t be without it.

I try to keep my bag as organized as possible, which is why I always have a shiny wallet because I need something easy to spot to grab the cash, and tiny little makeup bag with me. It holds my smaller essentials so that they don’t get lost in the bottom of my bag. I always make sure to have a variety of lip salves to keep my lips feeling soft, sanitary wipes for when I need to go to toilet, make up and perfume. It’s important to always look fresh-faced when you go to castings and meeting clients.

I try to always keep my charger with me just in case my cell phone battery is dying in the middle of the day. I carry a lot of stuffs in my bag because I have motto “be prepared”.

Who is your all-time favourite singer or band?

I’m a music lover, so I listen to everything literally without complaining about it, but I do have my favorite genres. I like electronic like Breakbot, I like pop a lot. I like HAIM. I love classical music too. I like the violin and the piano and the guitar. Anything with those sounds will turn me on. I like trance music as well. I like jazz such as Jamie Cullum. I like indie music as well! I just love everything really, but it depends on the mood I’m in.

What you usually do during your free time? What is your guilty pleasure? And what is your hidden talent that nobody knows?

I love to eat anything sweet! That’s my guiltiest of pleasure. I don’t think I have a hidden talent.

Lastly, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?

Literally, I have no idea. I think I’d be trying to find my passion other than modelling.




Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with Oliver Pras


We catching up for a quick #art8ambyinterview session with the dashing Oliver Pras, Indonesian-American model who was once one of the faces of GAP and currently being busy as TV host for a travel and adventures program. He shares his dream gig as a model and his guilty pleasure with us!

Images courtesy of art8amby, GAP and Oliver Prasetyo‘s Instagram respectively.

Can you share the story of how did you get scouted and started modeling?

I was found on the subway one night coming home from work. I was asked to attend a fashion show casting. I had no idea what to expect and was chosen as one of the models to walk.

Who are the models that inspired you? Have you ever met your favourite models and experienced starstruck?

Some inspirations includes Sean O’Pry and Kim Woo Bin. I’ve briefly met Sean at an event in NYC, but no stars truck. It was a very cool and casual conversation.

What would be your ultimate dream gig as a model?

Hm, that’s a tough one. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot as a model. I’ve already walked for many shows and been in a bunch of campaigns. But, I wouldn’t mind walking in some shows in Milan ☺️

What is your daily grooming routine and how do you maintain your physique?

Don’t really have a daily grooming routine to be honest. Basic skin care is essential. I do take some time to do my hair in all different styles. If you catch me ever wig a backwards baseball cap, it’s because I was too lazy to do my hair that day. 😁 As for physique, maintaining a regular exercise regimen is important. I go to the gym about 3-4 times a week.

What is your favourite look during casting, and what are the essential items you carry on your bag everywhere?

I think the essentials for male models are much more basic than our female counterparts. But generally I’ll bring a combination of white/black tee shirt and tank tops, skinny jeans, hair product and comb. I know a lot of other models carry make up kits, but if you maintain your skin properly, I don’t think it’s needed.

What is your favourite book and movie of all time? Who are you currently listening to on your music player?

Not much of a reader to be honest. Currently reading “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren and I must say, it’s changed my life. I HIGHLY recommend this book! A recent favorite movie of mine is Captain America Civil War. I’m a huge comic book nerd and I thought that the movie did the comics justice and faithfully portrayed all of my favorite characters. As for what’s on my iPod, it’s a combination of 80’s music like Michael Jackson and 90’s.

What are you usually do during your free time? And what is your guilty pleasure?

On my free time I find time to hang out with my friends and family here in Jakarta. Guilty pleasure: mint chocolate chip ice cream.

What is your hidden talent that nobody knows?

I know the exact choreography for many boy bands including *NSYNC AND SHINee.

What do you think about Indonesia and do you have favourite holiday spots here? Also what is your favourite Indonesian food?

I love Indonesia. My favorite holiday spots are Gili, Lombok and Bali. Favorite Indonesian food: Sapi (beef) balado and rendang.

Last but not least, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?

I’d prob be still be working in my office job.


Featured Article: #art8ambyinterview with Tuti


Her strong, edgy editorial face, confident walk and signature hair catches our attention. And once we get to know the Malaysian born catwalker, her fun personality wins our heart. Recently we interviewed one of the most exciting faces in Jakarta’s modelling scene for our first ever #art8ambyinterview series in which she tells us her beauty routine and her favourite Indonesian food.

Can you share the story of how did you get scouted and started modeling?
When I was in university, one of my seniors came up and directly asked me whether I’m interested to do a test shoot with him which I find very interesting and there you go. Its addictive!

Who are the models that inspired you? Have you ever met your favourite models and get starstruck?
Of course Kate Moss is my spirit animal but lately I’ve always interested with models that I can relate to; whether its the curly hair like Damaris Goodrie, or interesting personality like Binx or Ali Michael, and all those fab fab models like Freja Beha and BFF, Abbey Lee, urgh and the list goes on and on and..
Nope. How i wish ..

What would be your dream gig as a model?
IMG, sign me! And I want to be featured in models.com and as the coverpage for W mag and to walk for Givenchy or Balmain. Amen to that. 🙂

What is your daily beauty routine and how do you maintain your beautiful, natural curly hair?
Keratin shampoo, and DONT GO AGAINTS YOUR HAIR TEXTURE! you gotta embrace what chu got!

How do you usually dress for casting and what are the essential items you carry on your bag everywhere?
Of course the ‘dresscode’ to casting will always be white or black equals minimal. But I love to mix and match sometimes. Still black and white, but maybe a hint of silver or gold (you gotta choose) accessories and a choker is a must to me because it gives the long-neck-effect feelings. Pair it up with boots or just sneakers and you’re ready to werkk it.

What is your favourite book and movie of all time?
Forrest Gump! Fav book How To Be Parisian!

What are you usually do during your free time? And what is your guilty pleasure?
Nail art. Munchies after 12!

What is your hidden talent that nobody knows?
To give people ‘that-judging-look’ face but to be exact I’m just thinking about what to eat for dinner.

What do you think about Indonesia and do you have favourite spots to visit while in here? Also what is your favourite Indonesian food?
I’m in love with Indonesia. Indo, kamu keren!
Well, I don’t have specific one but I don’t mind just chilling around Kemang, but i’m looking forward to go to Bandung. Yeap, I’ve never been there before 😦
NASI UDUK KEBUN KACANG, forever in my heart.

Last but not least, what would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
I’m going to be a sexy chic librarian!

Tuti is represented by Wynn Models Jakarta and Reds Agency Surabaya.

Digitals courtesy of art8amby. Runway photos courtesy of T O D J O. Special thanks to Wynn Models.


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