Nadine Chandrawinata

Jul 18th, 2006, in News, by

The Miss Universe contestant from Indonesia, Nadine Chandrawinata, has strutted about in a bikini, to the displeasure of some.

Nadine Chandra Winata, the reigning Miss Indonesia, who was born in Germany but has some Indonesian parentage, appeared in a bikini at a Miss Universe 2006 photo shoot for their annual calendar, despite the fact that she could have chosen to wear a one-piece swimsuit.

Nadine Chandrawinata
Nadine Chandrawinata.

Latifah Iskandar, a parliamentarian from the PAN party was one who let it be known that Indonesian girls should not engage in such activity:

I’m sad that there are still Indonesians like that, at this time wer’e concerned about the issue of pornography. It’s very inappropriate.

The Majelis Ulama Indonesia, MUI, also complained, and went even further, saying that Indonesia should not participate in the contest at all.

The MUI rejects (Miss Universe) primarily because it emphasises beauty and the body. This can be seen in the appearance of the contestants. Secondly, the MUI rejects the clothes they wear.

said one Amidhan of the MUI in Jakarta and he added that a new fatwa was not in the offing because a previous one condemning public indecency and pornography was already sufficient. He advised that a new contest should be set up:

Why not have a contest that doesn’t emphasise beauty but instead ability, intelligence, and spirit as human beings who are moral and religiously observant?

Nadine however was not alone in her choice of the two-piece outfit. Miss Malaysia, Melissa Ann Tan, a girl of Chinese descent, also sported one. Of the 86 finalists who appeared in the swimsuit session only three chose to cover their belly buttons – Misses Serbia, Turks & Caicos and Kazakstan.

Update July 21st

The womens’ wing of the Islamic Defenders Front, the Mujahidah FPI, have reported Nadine Chandrawinata to the police for indecency. FPI lawyer Adnan Assegaf, who accompanied Mujahidah Secretary Noni Supriyanti Budiani, gave the following explanation:

We have reported Nadine Chandrawinata as she has harassed Indonesian women by appearing in vulgar poses at the Miss Universe 2006 contest on behalf of Indonesia.

He added that Nadine’s participation in the event, which is being held in another country, the United States, was against Indonesian culture which, he claims, does not permit women to wear bikinis in public.

Besides Nadine, the FPI, who have been on a recent reporting-to-the-police-spree (see Krisdayanti & Playboy, Playboy the Third, Joanna Alexandra & Fla Priscilla, Andara Early), also reported some people connected with the Miss Indonesia contest and thought to be active supporters of Nadine, namely Mooryati Sudibyo, Wardiman Djojonegoro , Mega Angkasa , Kusuma Dewi and Artika Sari Devi, who the FPI says:

…have supported and financed the departure of Nadine. So they can be charged with engaging and participating in activities forbidden by the law.

The law in question is edict number 02/U/1984 which apparently forbids the holding of beauty contests where they conflict with the moral and religious standards of the people.

Noni Supryanti Budiani explained further:

We didn’t only report Nadine, it’s not fair if we just report her. Don’t allow Nadine to be used anymore.

About 100 Mujahidah loudly demonstrated outside the Jakarta police station where the complaint was filed.


Nadine says, to Antara, that she is unconcerned about the actions of the FPI back home in Indonesia.

It’s their right if they want to report me to the police. But one thing is for sure – my participation in the Miss Universe contest is to make Indonesia known in the international arena.

She says she is not at all depressed about the matter.

I don’t feel down at all after hearing about it. It just makes me want to advance to the next round even more.

Alas, however, Nadine did not make the cut for the next round of twenty contestants, the news of which caused the dismay and almost visible pain of many in Indonesia, a country where the Miss Universe competition is taken rather seriously indeed and where the performance of the nation’s representative is viewed as a not insignificant matter of national pride.

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134 Comments on “Nadine Chandrawinata”

  1. Oneill says:

    Nadine.. I’m proud of you..
    Don’t care about FPI
    They just like a nightmare for all the contestant of Miss Universe and other beauty contest..from Indonesia

  2. Laura says:

    Don’t you say nadine is embrassement. Because mostly indonesian people like her. And she is better

  3. Patrick says:

    Ok, let’s see. Well, in a country that’s more than 80% muslim where prostitution is rampant, you have to wonder who are the customers to these prostitutes? Religions breed nothing but hiprocacy. The more wrong you make someone else, the more right you appear to others. So, try to follow me here. The religious fanatics who see Nadine as being vulgar or indecent might be the same ones who seek out prostitutes in the cloak of darkness.

    People are ready to judge others, but who is judging you? Don’t hide who you really are under the disguise of religion. Your religions teach, love, respect, tolerance, but yet all I see from you lot is this wild animal behaviour with anger and hate.

    Anyway, Nadine your mind is your power only you can manifest what you want in your life. Your thoughts are what become your reality. If you let them control your thoughts, they control you.

    Have a wonderful life.

  4. Purba Negoro says:

    Three words say it all:

    Dumber than Paris.

  5. eddy says:

    and Purba Negoro is surely dumber than a donkey……

  6. Purba Negoro says:

    Still, a donkey is master than Paris. and it takes one to know one Eddy…

  7. eddy says:

    So you admitted that you’re an the same level as Paris………

    Nothing is personal here, I just think that it’s unfair for someone to rule other people’s lives. There are laws and norms that do that, there’s no need to act above them….

  8. Moomoo says:

    Why does those FPI think as if they live in 10th century?? now is 21th century..
    even animals evolve over the time, why cant they evolve too?

    The fact of high level of corruption and poverty shows that changes are needed. Furthermore, though 80% of indonesian are muslim, that doesnt mean Indonesia is a muslim country likes M’sia or middleeast country.

    FPI should not force their thinking to an individual. or they are using these as political mean???

    Anyway, tHought Pancasila said 5 religions are acknowledged????

  9. Rob says:


    I think Pancasila describes a belief in the one almighty (perhaps “true”) God. The permitted religions are defined elsewhere.

  10. Mr. Sharz says:

    I think she looked very sexy in her bikini.. why should I complain about it?

  11. Eko says:

    I don’t understand,

    Since when was the opinion of these hard-liners so important for the nation of Indonesia?

    What’s the point of celebrating women’s rights on Kartini Day, if women can’t have the choice to take part in this contest?

  12. mets says:

    Lol, even a large proportion of Brits can’t write or speak english correctly – stop giving Nadine a hard time!!

  13. Patrick says:

    She looks great in a bikini and she would get my vote for Miss Universe everyday 🙂

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