Model Hayati Azis’s shaved head defies local Indonesian beauty standards

Model Hayati Azis's shaved head defies local Indonesian beauty standards

We speak to the Muslim model about how her recently shaved head has given her a new lease of life Growing up in Jakarta, Hayati Azis never fit in. A tomboyish child who wanted to play with the boys and didn’t look like the other girls, she was frequently bullied no matter how hard she tried … Read more

Review: ‘Revolusi’, an exhibition – Inside Indonesia: The peoples and cultures of Indonesia

Kate McGregor From 11 February to 6 June 2022, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam hosted the first ever exhibition on the Indonesian Revolution of 1945-1949. The exhibition, Revolusi!, was jointly curated by Rijksmuseum curators Harm Stevens and Marion Anker and two Indonesian guest curators, Bonnie Triyana and Amir Sidharta, with contributions from others. … Read more

Bali travel guide to best beaches, resorts, cuisine spots, religious sites | Travel

The island of Bali is home to some of the most beautiful and inviting beaches in the world and from its stunning white sand beaches to its crystal clear waters, Bali is the perfect destination for a beach holiday. With its tropical climate, stunning scenery and laid-back atmosphere, it’s no wonder why so many people … Read more

SUSU is the zine honouring Indonesia’s unsung feminist heroes

SUSU shines a light on the pioneering women that fronted Indonesia’s four waves of feminism In February 1998, resistance towards Indonesia’s president, Soeharto, and his New Order regime reached boiling point. His military-dominated government was defined as centralised, strong and heavy-handed, and committed rampant human rights violations against political dissidents, resistance movements and, increasingly, women. … Read more

View 16 Breathtaking Images From The Nature Conservancy’s Annual Photo Contest | Smart News

Carlyn Kranking Assistant Editor, Science and Innovation Jaw-dropping landscapes, majestic creatures and luminous fungi took home prizes in the 2022 photo contest held by The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit. In this year’s competition, photographers from 196 countries and territories put more than 100,000 entries in front of a panel of judges. “The diversity … Read more

Black and Indigenous models on Southeast Asia’s colourism problem

Growing up biracial in Malaysia, model Hikma was often bullied for being different. Constantly teased for being plus-size, for her dark skin and her curls, she started wearing hijab just to stop people looking at and touching her hair.  In Vietnam, Huỳnh Tiên, who is of Cameroonian and Vietnamese descent, faced similar comments as a … Read more