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Belinda Seneviratne – Fresh, bold, and beautiful

By Nethmie Dehigama

 

Meet Belinda. She’s young, vibrant, and an up-and-coming model, studying law at the University of London. We chatted with her about her enthusiasm for fitness, animals, and her passion for modelling.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: One of the things you’d know about me if you’ve ever met me is that I’m a huge animal lover and an adrenaline junkie. I love travelling and learning about different cultures. I’m the youngest of two and I have two dogs that I love with all of my heart. I completed my secondary education at Ladies’ College and I am currently in my final year of my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of London.

I’d call myself a nature fanatic. My Instagram story never seems to miss out on a great sunset. Seeing the different shades of colours the clouds have every morning and evening makes me feel like my 10-year-old carefree self. I love going on hikes and adventures and I am one who cannot choose between finding bliss in the mountains or at the beach. I’ve recently learnt how to surf and I hope to get better at it soon.

I love movies and analysing them. In another life, I could see myself pursuing being a director. Ironically, popcorn is one of my go-to snacks.

I used to be an extrovert but I would consider myself more of an ambivert now. I love to sing (mostly in the shower) and I believe travelling with great music makes a trip so much better.

 

 

Q: When did you begin your modelling career? Is it something you plan to continue doing?

A: Being a model was never really in my cards because I am considered very short – so when my aunt asked me to model for her clothing line in 2019, I was a bit reluctant, but I helped her out and gained confidence being in front of the camera. My first ever studio shoot was at the end of 2020, helping my sister out with one of her work projects. Most of my initial modelling gigs were done to help family and friends.

I like modelling because it gives me the opportunity to travel to interesting locations and meet new people all the time. It’s one of the things that makes me happy. It also gave me the confidence I needed to not let my height define being a model; maybe the runway isn’t too far ahead (laughs). Will I continue doing it? Well, I’ll leave that for my future self to decide.

Q: How did you get into fitness coaching?

A: I have always been into sports and fitness. My dad used to play rugby and he passed the love for sports down to my sister and me, and we enjoy the occasional ‘huddle’. Thus began my love for fitness and sports. Naturally, during my secondary education, sports played a huge role for me and I even had the opportunity to captain my athletics team in 2017. Quarantine was a tough time to keep me mentally stimulated. However, exercising with my family was something that kept me motivated. It was then that I began my online fitness coaching. Working out is one of my passions and I wanted to share the happiness it brought me with others.

Q: Who are your modelling muses?

A: Deepika Padukone and Zendaya are two models that I turn to for any inspirational poses.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I hope to see myself married and starting a family of my own. I’d like to be happy at a job that I like, closer to God, trying to be a good example, and sharing the love around as much as possible.

But life is funny – it tends to surprise me, so I’ll let it.

 

Q: What is some advice you wish you could go back in time and give your younger self?

A: Don’t beat yourself up trying to please everyone. Choose the right moments to use your words, they are truly a weapon in disguise. Also, there’s going to be an economic crisis in 2022. Buy Bitcoin the moment it launches.

Q: What do you think the secret to happiness is?

A: Happiness is knowing your strengths and accepting to work on your weaknesses. It is also about being humble, kind, and doing what you love to do. It’s about surrounding yourself with animals and your loved ones. Happiness is appreciating those close to you and not taking things for granted. There’s no greater joy than doing for others and seeing the smiles on their faces.

 

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