|FAHRANI EMPEL | FA’VELAPUNK PROFILE|
Fahrani Pawaka Empel (Fa’) aka FA’VELAPUNK is a Model, Actor, Singer/Songwriter, Designer and Environmental Activist.
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 27th, 1984. Fahrani is the daughter of Vonny Rahayu Pawaka (mother) and Frans van Empel (father)
Fa’ was destined for a career in the arts from a young age. So determined, that at the age of 13, she enrolled herself at the John Casablanca School of Modeling. In 1999, she graduated from modeling school with the highest honors as best student. This credential enabled her to contest the 2000 Elite Model Look – Indonesia, where she placed runner up. This followed with securing a finalist place in the prestigious Elite Model Look – International, giving her unprecedented exposure as an Indonesian Model.
Whilst she had been actively working in TV commercials, writing music with various bands and collaborating with songwriters, Fa’ knew it was time to commit to one of her arts, and at 16 she left her family home to move to Hong Kong alone to pursue a professional career in modeling. Fa’s commitment saw her within the first year working the runway for the likes of Gucci, Giorgio Armani, chosen as the brand ambassador for L’Oreal Asia and featuring in several major advertising campaigns and TV commercials. The following 8 years saw her on the international runway circuit taking part in Fashion Week, Milan, Paris, Sydney, Japan and Hong Kong, as well as countless gloss covers across Asia.
While maintaining her high profile modeling, in 2008 she decided to dedicate more time to her acting career, securing lead roles in both major and independent films nationally. Once again, Fa’s sense of commitment proved fruitful in receiving 7 acting nominations and successfully taking 4 wins. This included the Best Actress at the 2008 Film Festival Indonesia (Piala Citra) Awards Ceremony, the highest achievement in cinema for her home country. In 2010 Fa’ also went on to receive the highly regarded “Asian Model of the Year” Award in Seoul, South Korea, the first year that Indonesia had been in contention.
Evidently, it was around this time Fa’ had begun to establish a distinct visual identity and by instinctively following this inspirational direction, she gained a reputation as a gifted stylist and visual director working on many short films and music videos.
During her extensive time working abroad, Fa’ had continued writing songs and began sketching countless eyewear designs. She made the decision midway through 2010 to take some time out to focus more time on her music again, and to turn her energy in design toward launching her own label, “CAST Eyewear”. CAST now appears on celebrity heads globally including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, and Grimes and is seen in features in major fashion publications worldwide.
In 2011 while traveling selectively to work, she became more aware of the environmental crisis building in her homeland, specifically that of her father’s native land, Borneo. During time in Australia, while sitting in a café, she came across an advertisement that was requesting volunteers for a documentary project that would take place in the jungles of Borneo and focus on the efforts to stop deforestation, save and build shelters for the rapidly declining Orangutan population. She recognized the challenge it would involve and saw it as an indication to what she must do next.
The project “Rise of the Eco-Warriors” shows the dire effects of rainforest degradation and habitat destruction on the natural inhabitants and the work of the groups trying to counter the malicious actions of the corporations involved in the destruction of the forests.
Fa’ continues to travel the world for 6 months of the year for her modeling, acting, and growing her business CAST Eyewear. The release of FA’VELAPUNK’s commercial debut music single, “Cewe Rusak”, is scheduled for August 2013, with a second single and LP to follow in 2014.
Fa’ credits her drive for success to the support she received from her parents in their ability to let her make her own decisions, and to create the opportunities for a life that was to be lived like no one else’s, without the restriction of expectation. While at times she acknowledges that this placed her in unusual and confronting situations, there has been nothing she has lived to regret. Fa’s energy and attitude is infectiously humble, humorous and she exudes gratitude, even for the hard parts, recognizing that it’s the ‘how’, and not the ‘what’ that makes the human whole.