Monica Nicholle Sandra Dewi Gunawan Basri , better known as Sandra Dewi, is an Indonesian model and actress.
Dewi was born in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka on 8 August 1983. The oldest of three children born to Andreas Gunawan Basri and Chatarina Erliani, she is a Catholic of Chinese extract. After growing up in Pangkal Pinang and attending Catholic schools, she moved to Jakarta with her family in 2001 to attend the London School of Public Relations. Shortly afterwards, she won the Miss Enchanteur beauty contest and in 2002 was selected as Tourism Envoy for West Jakarta. She later participated in the Fun Fearless Female, sponsored by Cosmopolitan Indonesia, contest in 2006, in which she placed second.
Dewi achieved mainstream success with her role in the 2007 comedy Quickie Express, for which she received the 2008 Indonesian Movie Award for Best Newcomer. The following year, she collaborated with Dewi Sandra and Luna Maya on the song "Play", which was released for the UEFA Euro 2008 and she starred in Tarzan ke Kota, as well as singing some of the movie's songs.
Dewi has also acted in sinetron (Indonesian soap operas) and also music videos. In Hidayah, she played a Muslim character. She also performed in the video clip for Mulan Jameela's 2008 single "Wonder Woman"; she did so without pay, later saying that the experience was more worthwhile. She was later named "the most searched artist" by Yahoo! Indonesia.
Dewi has posed for Indonesia's version of For Him Magazine; the pictures were considered to possibly be against the then-recently passed Bill against Pornography and Pornoaction. However, she says that she supports the law and would never agree to a "vulgar" shot. She has described herself as still being a devout practicing Catholic.
She refers to her fans as "Sanders", and occasionally goes out with them when they play futsal. Dewi enjoys eating the Indonesian fishcake called pempek; this was influenced by her father, who was originally from Palembang. She has also eaten snake and monkey meat to help cure a breathing problem.
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