An Interview With An Icon: Anggun | Clozette

It's easy to think that the stars that we see on TV now are all living the glamorous life ever since. But the truth is, they all work hard to get there and stay there. Some even had humble beginnings before they got a taste of the superstar life. That's what we learned from international icon and singer, Anggun. The Asia's Got Talent judge is a true example of what girls should look up to. 


Luckily, we had a privilege of interviewing Anggun and the results were-- Inspiring. She is indeed a wonderful woman of beauty and talent. We learned so many tips from her, not just for beauty and fashion, but for life in general as well.  


Let's read all about what she has to say on being a great talent, instilling creativity, maintaining beauty, and of course, living the dream she never knew she could build. 


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As one of the greatest talents in Asia, what are the factors you look for in a great act?


First of all their talent, and then I’d like to see the possibility of their act – how well can they go further. The good thing about Asia’s Got Talent is that it covers all domains of art – including singing.




What are the challenges as a singer/songwriter in today's industry?


To be true to yourself. There’s only one Beyoncé, only one Madonna and only one David Bowie. So try to be the best version of who you are.

You started your career at a very young age, what would be your most memorable moment during those times? 


I started joining signing competitions and performing at the age of 7. My father was part of the Indonesian Intelligencia and as such, he wanted to help me nurture my singing and encouraged me to join different singing competitions, around 10 of them exactly. Out of the 10, I won first prize only around 3-4 times whereas the rest were split between getting 1st runner-up, 2nd, etc. I think one of the most memorable moments was when my father said to me: “Look at those trophies, those don’t define who you are”. I will never forget it because from that moment on, I began giving my all to my passion and art. 




What were the challenges you encountered when you were just starting out? Has the industry changed much since and what's the direction you see the industry moving towards?


A challenge I faced when I first started out in Europe was the fact that there were not a lot of female Asians, or even Asians for that matter, in the European music scene. Even though I didn’t feel the pressure as much, I still felt that I had to represent myself well and present the best version of who I am. Being able to speak and sing in three different languages (English, Bahasa, French), as well as having the opportunity to live in three different continents definitely helped in overcoming this obstacle. Wherever I lived, pieces of that place remain inside me and I’m able to showcase this every time I sing or perform.



Do you have any advice for ladies who look up to you and aspire to be a global star like yourself?


Get into a hobby and follow your passion. Nowadays, there are so many distractions around us. Ladies, go learn how to play an instrument, pick-up a keyboard/guitar, or even start a band. Whatever it is, it is important to stay creative. Not only does it help nurture your natural talents, but it is great exercise for your mind.




What makes judging on Asia's Got Talent a difficult task? And what are you looking forward to during the whole process?


It’s difficult to be honest while being careful not to the contestants’ feelings. I am well aware that take every single word we say quite seriously and stays with them for quite some time.



How do you stay inspired?


Life, love, books, films my daughter, jasmine tea and travel.




Since we're a fashion and beauty site, our readers would love to get the low-down on your everyday makeup. On a regular day, what would be your go-to look?


I’m just like any girl. I love shopping! I like being dressed-up but at the same time I like being laid back, in terms of what I wear. One day I can be wearing a dress but the next day, I can just be wearing jeans and casual wear. But one thing that must remain consistent in my outfit is my footwear. I always wear heels with whatever outfit that I wear. I feel that heels are important as it gives off a certain kind of attitude and it definitely helps if you’re shorter than most. But other than that, possibilities with dressing up are endless for me.


For hair, I like to keep it simple. I love the center-part hairstyle and keeping my hair in its natural black color. It’s a hairstyle I’ve been sporting for quite some time now. I’m very comfortable with this style and I love it! For days when I need a quick pick-me up – either to just smooth down frizz when am overseas or to simply protect my hair, I use the Pantene BB Crème for Hair. It’s an amazing 10-in-1 product that gets the job done and is light enough for me to carry around in my bag everyday. 


My beauty routine consists of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, then I use their day cream as well. Eyelash curler is a must! NARS black waterproof volumizing mascara, Chanel black eyeliner and a Chanel eyebrow pencil No. 30. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for the lips, a splash of my perfume “Grace by Anggun” and I’m done.




We noticed your hair always looks flawless. What's your secret? OR how do you maintain your smooth, shiny hair?


Thank you! I really love my hair. Indonesians take great care of their hair as we see it as our crowning glory. To be honest though, I’m actually an extremely low maintenance person. I believe that once you find the right product, that’s it! If it works beautifully, I stick to it. I've been using Pantene for 13 years as part of my hair care regime, for example. It has definitely done wonders for my hair, making it stronger and more resilient to damage over time.



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Travel is so many things to different people, but for Felicia Cheong, our Clozette Ambassador from Malaysia, travel is an escape from work. The self-confessed workaholic admits that travel is something that clears her mind and helps her enjoy other things in life such as the scenery, food, culture, and of course, shopping. 


Let's take a look at Felicia's best Summer Memories through her travels!


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What do you love most about summer? 

I love that summer is the time where pastel colours come into play. Especially on the nails!




What are you looking forward to this summer?

I’m heading to Penang for a holiday in a few weeks time for a short break from work. So, I am REALLY looking forward to rocking my sunnies, my favourite long island iced tea and just bake under the sun. 



Do you have a particular go-to summer look? 

When it comes to fashion, I’m always that usual minimal gal -- white tees and boyfriend jeans. However, when I feel a little dressy, I’d like to make a statement with my floral jumpsuit. Whereas for make up, I do my summer thang with my lips! I’d rock a vibrant pink lip on the day, and go goth with a dark shade by night. It’s summer, go crazy with the colours!




We noticed that you’ve been travelling, what’s the best place you’ve been to so far and why?

I was in Sydney 2 years ago and it was by far my FAVOURITE city in the world because it’s like a mixture of a beautiful cities and amazing beaches. I’m a typical city chic, but sometimes I love being at beaches. I remember how perfect it was in Bondi -- the lifestyle and the people. And when the sun is down, I’d go to the city for some drinks after a long day under the sun. 






What was your most memorable summer activity? 

To be honest, I'm not a very adventurous person so no extreme sports for me. However, I’m like an old grandma who loves to relax and chill. When I was in Sydney, I took a ride on a beautiful yacht, really enjoyed bar hopping with my friends, and spent some quality time. 




What makes you excited about travelling? 

I’m usually very busy when I’m home and sometimes even on holidays, I’d always talk about work and I have a lot in my mind to think about. Hence, the best part about travelling other than the obvious food, culture, people, and view, it’s the fact that I can take a breather and move forward with an empty mind. It’s always really refreshing to take some time off and think about things, or nothing at a place where it’s just me and a foreign place. Oh, and I love shopping too-- for beauty stuff that we don’t have in Malaysia. 






Do you have any tips to share for our Clozette girls who’d like to travel in the future? 

Tip 1: Download this map called Ulmon City Maps 2 Go (it will change your life forever) 

Tip 2: Cheap accommodation? - Airbnb

Tip 3: Always go forth with new adventures even when it’s not in your schedule. Open up to unexpected events and go forth with life! 

Tip 4: Bring along a jacket even when it’s summer in a western country. Because we all know, there’s no place like summer in Malaysia/Singapore. 

Tip 5: EAT A LOT. YEAH!




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Summer is without a doubt one of the best seasons out there. However, we cannot deny that it can cause a lot of damage, not just to our skin, but also to our hair. The scorching heat makes our locks dry, less shiny, and may even cause dandruff. We cannot miss out on maintaining our healthy crowning glories, right?


To avoid all those mishaps, let's take a look at these videos for hair care tips this Summer!


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My Shower and Hair Routine

By: Ingrid Nilsen 



Summer expert and vlogger Ingrid Nilsen dishes out her shower and hair care routine. In this video we learn that it is important to keep your locks moisturised at all times. Use a conditioner regularly, rinse and detangle well, and of course, use products that protect your hair from possible damage caused by heat styling. And did you spot that hair bb cream? That is a must-buy!


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Hair Product Haul

By: ThatBlondeGirl Mandie 



To be honest, not all drugstore haircare products deliver so YouTuber ThatBlondeGirl Mandie guides us with which professional hair products to buy. It's better to invest, and maybe even get a professional hair stylist walk you through the best hair care products for you, than regret buying a cheap and low quality product that fails to deliver results you want. 

6 Quick Summer Hairstyles

By: bubzbeauty 



Last but not the least are these simple hair styling tips from vlogger bubzbeauty. Although it's ideal to just let your hair down or up in a ponytail , it tends to be boring. These simple, elegant, and easy to do hairstyles would definitely do the trick for a more stylish look this Summer!


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