Picture of health
There will be no eating disorders for this half Norwegian muse of Biyan. She maintains a healthy diet and plans to become a nutritionist
Hege Martine Suyoto Wollan is not your typical model. She brings her own food to photo shoots, and prepares her own meals during breaks. it’s all because she is making a serious effort to follow a healthy lifestyle. eating disorders and unhealthy body images loom around the world of modelling, a visually glamorous industry with lots of dark back stories behind the closed curtains. Hege, one of the top young models in indonesia, has laudable aspirations. in a few years, she plans to study to become a nutritionist.
time constraints do not get in her way when it comes to eating a healthy diet. “i keep things practical by steaming most of my food ingredients; chicken, vegetables and potatoes, mostly,” says Hege. “that way, i can always eat a proper diet, no matter where i go or what i do. i try my best to eat a healthy diet, and making my own food has proven to be handy.” this unusually approachable model believes that a healthy lifestyle is crucial for one’s body and mind, hence the need to raise awareness among models of the importance of having a good diet.
“i’ve always been interested in nutrition, and how diet patterns affect a person’s life,” says Hege, who is of norwegian and indonesian descent. talking about her five-year plan to become a nutritionist, this gorgeous muse of Biyan enthuses about her intention to volunteer for different nutrition camps around the world, including mind and body boot camp programs in Bali, besides taking up nutrition studies at university. “that way, i could get firsthand experience in nutrition and diet, educate more people on healthy living, and at the same time, travel around the world,” the 21-year-old says.
Her purposeful mind shines just as bright as her lucky star. Hege’s career as a professional model, which started four years ago, continues going upward. it only took a few months as a professional model and a successful go-see for Hege to open Biyan’s fashion show at Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) 2012. She eventually became one of Biyan’s muses. in fact, Hege regards Biyan as more of a “family member” than someone she works with. alternating between norway and indonesia ever since, Hege is set to concentrate on making a name for herself in the european modelling industry in 2015.
“i was in my high school uniform when i went for a go-see with Mas Bi (Biyan’s nickname). it was only a few months into my modelling career and i had no idea how big a designer he was,” says Hege, whose experience includes a contract with look modelling agency. “a few days after, my booker told me that i would be opening Mas Bi’s show at JFW. i did some research on him and finally realised how really lucky i was!”
luck is not the only thing that brings Hege to where she is today. She understands it really well that for a model to succeed, having a good attitude is a must. “top models are associated with arrogance. i really don’t want to have that image stuck to my name. as much as possible, i try to be down to earth.”
asked about the top quality that separates good and mediocre model, Hege was quick to respond that it all depends on the ability and willingness to be a chameleon. “a model always has to remember that she isn’t selling herself, she’s selling the brand. no matter how ugly she thinks she looks in an outfit, she just has to deal with it and stay in character. it’s like being a chameleon, which changes its look depending on its environment.” Hege goes on to share her tips in staying confident despite the looks she has to wear for a fashion show: “i use the power of the mind to carry on. i imagine myself in a look i love, focus on the client’s brief and walk out to the runway. the show must go on!”
Her positive attitude is her weapon to survive the european modelling industry she aims to focus on. “the modelling industry in europe is very different from indonesia,” says Hege. “over there, it’s rude to be late for an appointment. you need to really be on time, whereas in Jakarta, everyone lives with the fact that the traffic is crazy, so punctuality is not a top priority.”
it was camera time for Hege shortly after. Modelling looks from Chanel cruise and Biyan’s latest collections, Hege was a true chameleon. She was in her own world, shifting from one extraordinary pose to another. “i was a dancer in norway,” she tells us. “i did ballet, contemporary, even hip-hop. that’s how posing comes naturally to me.”
“Top models are associated with arrogance. I really don’t want to have that image. As much as possible, I try to be down to earth”
DRESS, BRACELET AND HEELS chanel
MAKE UP ryan Ogilvy (62 816) 1352 716 ASSISTANT FASHION STYLIST koko namara, Triska putri and nina hidayat
BIYAN IS IN PLAZA SENAYAN & PACIFIC PLACE CHANEL IS IN PLAZA INDONESIA