Buzz with Danu: Akilesh Mirthika Epa

May 15 2023.

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Today on the Buzz I speak to a young fashionista who is making headlines in the US for his spark on the ramp. 
New York Fashion Week is a dream for many, but for little Akilash it’s now second nature. Living in Texas, he has been walking the ramp in shows all over the US. I sat with him and his mother Sureka to speak about this experience and what he hopes to do in the future. 

Who saw that you had it in you?
I have to say it's my mom. She always knew that I had the potential. 

Tell me about your experience walking the ramp.
For me, it was a wonderful experience. I got to meet so many people from different states and countries.

How was the 1st show?
I was nervous but it all went away the moment I stepped upon the ramp. My first show was in 2022, it was a successful show and after that, I got an invitation from a designer for my second show. It was at Disneyworld in Florida. Beginning of 2023 I walked in NYFW; it was amazing. 

Would you like to continue modelling?
I Like to continue modelling as a hobby. I will have the opportunity to immerse myself in an exciting environment where I will meet new people. 

Who is your all-time favourite model?
Lucky Blue Smith - he is an American fashion model, actor and musician.

How do you manage school and your newfound love for the runway?
I give priority to my studies. The shows I do are on the weekends so I don’t miss school. At school, I am in a group that is called GT  (Gifted and Talented). And my parents help me a lot to manage my time with the hobbies I got.

Do you follow a fitness routine?
Yes, I do eat healthy. I do push-ups, pull-ups and 10mins on a balance board and stretching. I try to practice this every day.

What would be your dream designer to work with and walk the ramp for?
Gucci will be my dream designer to walk for.


Danu Innasithamby

Danu is a Jaffna Boy with a Marketing qualification (only because he needed to study, and not because he wanted it). He has been a part of the team for seven years and is the face behind Buzz with Danu, and WTF.


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