Women hold a unique important position in every family, and, indeed, in every aspect of life, from motherhood to careers to high-ranking positions in global NGOs and as heads of state.

For this reason, Plaza Indonesia dedicated the month of May to all things female, with a “Celebrating Women” theme. The idea was to encourage Indonesian women of all ages and from all walks of society to live their lives to the fullest, while balancing the needs that both society and their families put on them.

POWER DUO: Monica Hendrayanta and Michelle Hendrayanta in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana 

“We believe that women who have the ability to divide their time equally between their families, their careers, their social lives, and, of course, themselves are the perfect examples of wonderful ladies who are able to inspire everyone around them,” said Zamri Mamat, General Manager Marketing & Communications with Plaza Indonesia.

To best illustrate this delicate balancing act, Plaza Indonesia joined forces with The Heart Foundation to choose seven women who embody these inspirational aspirations. They came up with a pretty impressive list: Patty Siahaan, Mamay Sauren, Joy Roesma, Priscilla P Handayani, Indrawati Sampoerna, Monica Hendrayanta and Jeannie Jusuf.

STYLISH FLAIR: Raoul Sauren in Gucci Kids; Patty Siahaan in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Mamay Sauren in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Tiara Sauren in Gucci Kids 

All these women manage to lead their lives with an almost-perfect work-life balance that starts in their homes. All the ladies emphasised that health and happiness for them and their families need a strong nutritional foundation. This could include, for example, choosing organic and non-GMO foods, cooking at home, relying less on fried foods, and consuming plenty of fresh, clean water.

When these simple steps are combined with regular exercise—150 minutes of working out per week is a generally recognised standard for good health—the results are tremendous. Not only that, but being healthy on the inside means a radiant outer glow of health and beauty, of course.

PICTURE PERFECT: Kimberly Adinda in Burberry; Priscilla P Handayani in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Joy Roesma in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Rakshan Chanakya in Burberry 

“Personally, I do Pilates four times a week and I encourage my daughter Michelle to exercise at least three times a week,” said Monica Hendrayanta. She also added that stacking up the fridge with fresh fruit and veg are keys to success, as well as reducing the amount of meat the family eats. As for Indrawati Sampoerna, she finds that drinking plenty of fresh water first thing in the morning sets herself up for the day’s challenges—and her family follows suit.

Indonesia Tatler was fortunate to catch these ladies for a spectacular photo shoot on the following pages. Each of the seven ladies, along with their daughters, was dressed in Ikat Indonesia from Didiet Maulana’s Mentari spring/summer 2016 collection, and captured beautifully by Mario Ardi Photography at the Majapahit Suite of the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. We hope they inspire all our readers to live happier, healthier lives.

ONE FOR THE FRAME: Georgina Kurnia in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Indrawati Sampoerna in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Jeannie Jusuf in Ikat Indonesia by Didiet Maulana; Nikki Jusuf in Burberry 


Text by Maina A. Harjani, Photography by MarioPhotographie

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