Nadya Hutagalung: Beauty with a purpose

Nadya Hutagalung: Beauty with a purpose
Nadya Hutagalung shares her role as a model mentor with an environmental conscience.

Nadya Yuti Hutagalung, currently known as the head judge and host of Asia's Next Top Model (AsNTM), is quite possibly one of the most recognised faces in Asia.

In fact, according to Asiaweek magazine, she was voted one of "Asia's Leading Trendmakers" along with the Dalai Lama, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat for her ability to inspire and fascinate.

"I wouldn't put myself on the same level as his Holiness, but I am indeed happy for the title," said the practising Buddhist, who looked ever so chic in her black sleeveless jumpsuit and simple gold link necklace.

Hutagalung was in Kuala Lumpur recently to promote the show.

Born on July 28, 1974 in Sydney, Australia, Hutagalung has certainly led an adventurous life with roles as a model, film actress, a MTV VJ, TV host and painter under her belt.

Married to Desmond Koh - a former competitive swimmer from Singapore - Hutagalung is also an eco-activist as well as an eco-centric jewellery designer; she has launched her own sustainable jewellery line called OSEL (meaning "clear light" in Tibetan). Despite all of that, this mother-of-three says she is a "full time mother and a part-time everything else".

The environmental plight is one that the half-Indonesian, half-Australian has devoted much of her time and voice to outside of her modelling career.

She created major waves when she began the three-year project of building one of Singapore's first few eco-homes from its foundation up.

Having been an ambassador in Singapore for the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour for the last five years, she is now an Earth Hour Global Ambassador. The Green School, where she's also a board member, was just awarded the "Greenest School on Earth" title by the US Green Building Council.

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