Artika Sari Devi
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Artika Sari Devi Kusmayadi
September 29, 1979
Pangkal Pinang, Bangka-Belitung Islands, Indonesia
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Title(s)||Puteri Indonesia, automatically also titled as Miss Indonesia Universe 2005|
|Puteri Indonesia 2004; Miss Universe 2005 (Top 15)|
Artika Sari Devi Kusmayadi was born in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka-Belitung Islands, at September 29, 1979. She became Puteri Indonesia (Miss Indonesia Pageant) 2004 when she was 25 years old, represented Kepulauan Bangka Belitung, and crowned on August 6, 2004, in the Jakarta Convention Center.
Miss Universe 2005
She represented Indonesia in 2005 Miss Universe Pageant and was the first Indonesian woman to advance to semifinals, competed in the Evening Gown Competition finished in the top fifteen.
Although not reported to the police, there was a controversy surrounding her involvement in the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant. She was accused of breaking the Code of Law 281, edict number 01/U/1984, regarding Cultural and Educational conducts. Indonesian laws forbids any kind of involvement in international beauty pageants and considers such as immoral. In 2006, the winner of Miss Indonesia 2005 and participant of Miss Universe 2006 Nadine Chandrawinata was also reported to the police, which eventually traced back to Artika Sari Devi and the Miss Indonesia Foundation. The issue however was soon forgotten.
She starred in a musical Indonesian film called "Opera Jawa" (Requiem from Java) directed by Garin Nugroho, which was nominated for 2006 Toronto Film Festival, 2006 London Film Festival, and 2006 Venice Film Festival. The movie also being nominated for Best Movie in Indonesia Film Festival.
She holds a Master of Law Studies degree from Universitas Gajah Mada. She married Ibrahim Imran (a popular musician in Indonesia known as Baim) in 2008 and gave birth to a daughter, Sarah Abiela Ibrahim, in late 2009. She was cited on the UNICEF website as an example of natural breast-feeding practices for women from developing nations.
Besides as being a full-time mother, Artika Sari Devi also runs a fashion line for kids, Sugar Bebe Indonesia.
- Nadine Chandrawinata - Indonesia Matters
- ANTARA: The Indonesian News Agency
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