Singer-actress Citra Scholastika pays no attention to bad press

Singer-actress Citra Scholastika pays no attention to bad press
Indonesian singer Citra Scholastika, performing at the 'Anugerah Planet Muzik' (APM) 2013, an awards ceremony honouring the best in the regional Malay music scene.

A Rihanna wannabe.

A Katy Perry copycat.

In the two years she has been in the entertainment industry, Indonesian singer Citra Scholastika has had to face snarky detractors slamming her for her lack of originality.

Her love life is often the subject of gossip.

Too much, too early?

Perhaps, but the 19-year-old chooses to keep her cool and turn a deaf ear to these comments.

"I don't pay attention to the negativity and I just carry on with my life. It's better to not know," Citra told The New Paper over the phone from Jakarta last week.

She received flak for her song Berlian (diamond in Bahasa Indonesia) from her 2013 debut album Pasti Bisa because its title is similar to Barbadian pop star Rihanna's hit single Diamonds.

Her image was also under heavy scrutiny when she sported a short pixie crop a la Rihanna earlier this year.

She also drew comparisons to US pop star Perry when her candyland-themed music video for the same song strongly resembled that of Perry's California Gurls.

"Sure, people like Perry, Rihanna and Beyonce inspire me, but I don't want to be anyone else," said Citra.

"I want to be Citra. I want to be known for my voice, style and character."

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