By Nithya

Sayuri Jayaratne, the girl that represents beauty, strength, power and wisdom, is taking Sri Lanka into the international arena. An exemplary vision of beauty with brains driven towards ambition, adventure, career and life, she is someone who has had the will to believe in herself ever since she was little. Sensitive but headstrong, her biggest joy lives in helping others. 

"When I was 10 years old I volunteered for my first charity programme in school for Helpage Sri Lanka. Currently I'm working on a project called Sith Sahana, a school for differently abled children."

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements to date? 

As a 17 year old I believe I have the potential to achieve more in my life. 

I was a national athlete in high jump and discus throw. I was able to win two crowns on one stage, as face of Sri Lanka and Tourism Queen Sri Lanka.

I will be representing my country for both  pageants internationally this year. My most recent international achievement was when I won 2nd runners up at supermodel international 2020 which was held in Thailand.

At the moment, I'm following a Bsc in Biomedical Science at International Institute of Health Science. It’s a lot of work balancing my studies and life as a model.

How did this journey of a modeling career begin?

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever picture myself as a model. It happened when I was just 16 years old and I did my first TV commercial with Director Dilon de Silva. I was introduced to the industry as a TV commercial model/ cast. 

I wanted to try out ramp modeling so then I joined Mr. Brian Kerkoven. Brian Kerkoven and Kamil Hewawitharana have always been my teachers and guardians during this journey. 

I was always quite a tom boy, so it was very hard for me to get used to wearing heels and be graceful, but I am  here today thanks to their guidance.

What change do you want to bring forth?

Beauty pageants have given women a platform to acknowledge their beauty, knowledge, and skills to the world. It is an opportunity to seek the better in you. Beauty contests have also given nations the ability to be prideful with a new accolade. 

But in our country there is much negativity towards females being a model. I would like to change this wrong idea that a model or beauty queen is only about good looks but a lot of sacrifice, hard work and  of course education and knowledge. 

What is it like to be a model?

Being a model is not easy. It's so much learning and sacrifice. When I talk about myself, personally, when I started working as a model, I started loving myself for who I am . It gave me another purpose to live. 

In our lives we all get to that point where we question our existence, but life only gets better when you do work on yourself.  I started valuing myself and loving myself more. 

How do you respond to criticism?

I take criticism seriously but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the  criticism, I try to learn from it and I use it as a motivation to do better. 

Tell us about your fitness and beauty routine? 

I have a god gifted body. So I don't really workout much to keep my body in shape, but I do workout 3 times a week. 

I'm very concerned about my skin and I do my best to keep my skin healthy. My advise to all the beautiful ladies is love your skin colour and don't try to change it. Take care of it so it is clean and clear. 

Rapid Fire

  • As an international celeb, you'd be: Yasmeen Ghauri 
  • Dream cover: ELLE magazine 
  • Dream designer: Donatella Versace 
  •  In another life you'd be: My mother's daughter 
  • Your favorite piece of clothing: Tops with bare back
  • What's something you've hidden away?I have courlophobia 
  • Your favorite makeup product: Lipstick 
  • If you were not human, you'd be: A lioness

What's the big dream?

Read more in issue 54 of Chokolaate Magazine

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