MY FAB­U­LOUS FRI­DAY

Ev­ery­thing has changed for the founder of toxin-free nail pol­ish Kure Bazaar since her days on the cat­walk with Naomi Camp­bell – ex­cept her favourite books and music

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Kar­tika Luyet trades the cat­walk for a quiet life as a mother and the founder of Kure Bazaar, a brand of toxin-free nail pol­ish.

Des­ti­na­tion Dubai

My mother is In­done­sian and my fa­ther, who is Swiss, has been in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness managing ho­tels around the world his whole ca­reer – which meant grow­ing up I changed coun­tries and cities ev­ery two or three years. I de­cided to move to Dubai when my hus­band [Ni­cola Ven­tola], an ex-Ital­ian foot­baller, re­tired and be­came a sports com­men­ta­tor. He was of­fered a job with a TV chan­nel here in 2015.

NAIL IT

Manicures and pedi­cures are some­thing I’ve al­ways done, for both re­search and for my job [as a model]. You can be dressed in sweat­pants but if your nails are done you’re for­given for ev­ery­thing else. Nails are the only part of make-up that you do for your­self that you can ac­tu­ally see.

REDISCOVERING RIO

Rio de Janeiro is my bucket-list travel des­ti­na­tion be­cause I was born there and left the city when I was three months old. I’ve never, ever been back. So I def­i­nitely want to go there to dis­cover my roots and visit the place where I was ac­tu­ally born.

TO THE TUNE OF

Some­where Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz would be the sound­track to my life be­cause it’s such a pos­i­tive song with a great rhythm that gives you hope. When my son was a baby, I’d play this song and he’d stop cry­ing in­stantly.

MOTH­ER­HOOD AND ME­MORIES

The bond that I have with my son Kelian, 13, is what I cher­ish the most in the world. There’s noth­ing that’ll ever come above that. I was a model for many years and stopped my hec­tic ca­reer full of trav­el­ling be­cause it was im­por­tant for me to stay in one place to take care of my child and be there.

RUN­WAY DREAMS COME TRUE

The sec­ond [fash­ion] show I did was for Chanel in Tokyo. I had just started [out]. I was hav­ing my hair done and next to me there were top mod­els like Naomi Camp­bell and Claudia Schif­fer (right). I could not be­lieve that I was there with these peo­ple that I’d ad­mired as a teen.

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