International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women and marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. This special day for women globally is being celebrated every 8th of March and this year, The Westin Surabaya conducted a virtual talkshow featuring an inspiring woman persona, Diana Putri – a fashion designer who has made a debut in international world of fashion industry. Just like The International Women’s Day campaign this year which is #ChooseToChallenge, this talkshow was also highlighted on how women should challenge themselves everyday. The talkshow was aired through  Live Instagram @westinsurabaya and @dianamputri.

Diana M Putri is the Creative Director of Diana Couture. She was once awarded as Best Designer during the Couture New York Fashion Week New Spring/Summer 2016. Diana Putri won over other 50 designers from all over the world. This winning has made her way up to the global fashion industry and she was being given the extremely great  chance to design couture dresses for Hollywood celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson, Paris Hilton, Camila Cabello, Nicki Minaj, Carrie Underwood, Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Jeannie Mai on her interview with Michelle Obama, Erika Costell for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show event, and many more. Other than the above, Diana Putri was laso being honored as she has been chosen to dress up The Princess of Georgia, Princess Kristine de Bagration Mukhrani.

According to Diana Putri, every design that she created has its own challenge. Just like when she was designing a dress for Ariana Grande which was being worn in “God is a Woman” music video. The challenges were the time limitation and the different location. But these spectacles did not slow her down. She was being challenged and overcame these challenges with her hard work and integrity, and surely become inspiration for all women out there.

Still in conjunction to the “#ChooseToChallenge theme, The Westin Surabaya together with Diana Putri aimed to share on how women should challenge themselves and how to overcome the challenges especially at works or in doing business, during this pandemic situation. The topic in specific was #WomensBusinessTalk ini which Diana Putri has dare to challenge herself during the current pandemic. The current situtation does not stop Diana Putri from keep being innovated by trying to diverse her design and adjusting to the current demands by designing mask and faceshield then has become popular in the market not just locally but also internationally. Keep learning and upgrading your skills is another tip from Diana Putri. Always challenge youself that you can do better than what you already did. Have passion in whatever that you do, is also another tip that was being shared by Diana Putri. There will always be an ups and downs in whatever that we do be it work or business. By loving what you are doing passionately, you will be able to pass through the down times and chersih every up times.  

Diana Putri was also saying that her inspiring role models are her mother and Donatella Versace. She adores Donatella’s masterpieces, her creativity and geniousity. She has a dream that one day she will get the chance to design a masterpiece for Beyonce since to her Beyonce is not just a famous and a mega celebrity, but she is also an iconic model in fashion.

As a closure for this inspiration virtual talkshow held by The Westin Surabaya featuring Diana Putri, Diana Putri shared an inspirational “Never stop learning, push to the limit, and be the best version of you”.

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