The life of Senuri Rupasinghe
By Mahika Panditha
During these post-New Year’s times, I hope you have all been getting an adequate amount of rest at home with your family and close friends. This invites time to spend on the internet, whether it be aimless surfing, learning new things, or even meeting new people online.
Speaking of which, let me introduce you to Senuri Rupasinghe! She is a law undergraduate and a part-time model. You may have seen her on some of your favourite clothing stores’ social media pages, such as Shay Int., Dilly & Carlo, and Zigma Jones. Senuri hopes to become a lawyer whilst also being a model, but mostly to be able to provide a voice to those who are less fortunate. She enjoys spending her Sundays in her pajamas, baking, sleeping in, and, of course, watching Harry Potter – we absolutely love that!
We had the chance to speak to her earlier last week and here is what she had to say.
Before we start, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 22 years of age as of now. Born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka where I attended Musaeus College for my secondary education. I am currently a law undergraduate and a part-time model. Since my younger days, I was much more keen on fast-moving activities rather than playing with Barbie dolls. Watching a car drift or a boxing match in a movie always got me on my feet in excitement. One might even say I was the boy my family never had. As much as I love spending my time in the gym twice a day, if I could, I do enjoy baking a great deal as well. I suppose that is a little curious insight into who I am.
What made you want to get into law?
It was more like a gut feeling at first, but after realising certain facts on how I enjoy debating and proving points, it was crystal clear that certain fields of law were indeed going to be my forte at one point.
Not to forget, law has many pathways and fields!
How has it been so far?
It has been pretty challenging, if I’m being brutally honest. Juggling lectures, shoots, exams, and everything else that I have up my sleeve takes a lot of effort and time. Yet, I always try my best to keep up with my priorities and spend time with my loved ones.
What are your plans once you finish your undergraduate degree?
The plan for the time being is to enter Law College in order to obtain my attorney’s. Not going to elaborate much on that as it’s going to indeed be a tough challenge.
Aside from this, you also model. How did you get into it?
I got into modelling all thanks to my loving sister. She introduced me to my first TV commercial (TVC), which was a Union Assurance TVC in 2018. She always encouraged me to do what I do best and even today, she stands tall behind me, guiding me through it all. Honestly, if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I would have stepped into modelling. I’m definitely taking this opportunity to send a big hug and thank you to my beautiful sister.
Any fun stories for us?
Fun stories…well, I’m quite the curious entertainer, if you ask anyone who truly knows me. Stories are endless, but let me pinpoint one. In 2019, a couple of my friends and I were stuck on Galle Road in traffic. One of them started screaming, saying she wants to dance multiple times and I couldn’t take it anymore. In the middle of the traffic, I opened the back door, got out, and danced in the middle of Galle Road, just so she would not complain about wanting to dance for the rest of the journey. Well, what can I say, IT WORKED INDEED! But also the number of stares I got from the drivers on the road was definitely endless.
What would you say has been the biggest challenge you have overcome thus far?
The biggest challenge I have overcome is being able to accept who I am and also being able to spend ample time with my family, especially with my sister. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, life was truly head-to-toe busy and overwhelming for the two of us. But due to the extensive curfew, we were able to spend some quality time together. My sister is definitely Rachel to my Monica.
Any advice for youngsters going into law or who want to get into the modelling scene?
It’s all about balancing your priorities, I believe. Everything in life is about the right amount of balance! What I have understood is that when you fail or make mistakes is when you truly learn, so it’s perfectly alright to trip over trying to balance everything on your plate. Stand tall again and try until you feel like the shining star you are.
PHOTOS Sampath Madushanka, Mahela Gamage, Senuri Rupasinghe
Cover photo credit: PHOTO Mahela Gamage (Eighteen: Thirty One Studio)