Windy Wulandari Binti Anif was born in Jakarta, Indonesia but she grew up mostly in Medan North Sumatra Indonesia. She was more an outdoor kid climbing up trees, chasing chickens, taking the eggs for her breakfast, and cycling around her neighbours. She’s currently living in Hamilton Island, Queensland working as a chef. She got started in the industry by submitting her portfolio to an agency called JR Management but before she decided to join an agency, she submitted an application to join Beauty Pageants, and that’s when it all first started for her.
Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Windy to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what went down:
How did you get started in the modelling industry?
Recently to be honest! I started professionally just between 2019-2020 so I am pretty much a newbie and I still need to enhance my modelling skills, I had a couple of photoshoots with my friends who are photographers before 2019-2020.
What do you like most about the modelling industry?
The diversity, and the beauty of all the different models! The magic that only the modelling industry can give. With only a photo you can see or feel the model trying to say something with their expressions and body language.
The downside to being a model?
Any job that you do as a living definitely has a downside, but for sure the biggest downside to being a model is being told you are not tall or slim enough to get the job. People will constantly judge your looks! Especially in social media nowadays. Cyberbullying is real.
What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?
Meeting so many amazing models and people, attending fashion shows, being a brand ambassador of Sydney’s make-up company, connecting with people who support me through social media, and expanding my connection.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!
I learned to find out who I really am as a person, I don’t have to fake myself to be loved or accepted. Everyone is beautiful no matter their height, ethnicity, and gender. Models are public figures, there will be so many young generations will be looking at you and might have the chance to follow your lifestyle and admire you. If you are a good role model you might change someone’s life to be a better version of themselves.
Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?
I always tell myself that I am beautiful no matter what other people say about me although sometimes it can affect me badly – I just keep on moving forward. Your own enemy is yourself! Your own mind. Surround yourself with people who will constantly remind you to stay grounded.
What are your favourite down time activities?
Playing video games or reading motivational books, but since I live on a tropical island and the weather is very good, I usually go to the beach or go hiking.
Is your family supportive of your career?
Yes, they are! They are the one who believes in me, who supported me whole-heartedly. My mom and dad always told me to be true to myself and don’t be arrogant! Always stays grounded and stay positive.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
I am planning to move to Melbourne either by the end of 2021 or early 2022 and start my acting career there but also still working as a chef in a meantime. I also wanted to be a positive advocate for the people who are being bullied because of my personal experience. Travelling is always on my agenda but due to covid, I have to postpone it.
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Alice in Borderland.
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beautiful is when you are accepting your own flaw and be flawless and just be yourself. You are confident and strong! Beautiful is diversity, you do not have to be fair and tall to be considered beautiful or following the beauty standards. Beauty standards are toxic, it makes people change their true selves.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Work and travel around the world experiencing the beautiful scenery that the countries have to offer, learning different languages especially Arabic and Japanese.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear….” I’d be the fearless woman and telling people who hate me that this is me and nothing can change my dreams.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My height.