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AROUND TOWN: Natasha Wanigatunga

While most middle school girls were merely daydreaming of traveling the world as a glamorous model, Natasha Wanigatunga was actually living that dream. Fast-forward nearly a decade, and you can still find this sweet and stylish Fashionista strutting down the runway and the streets of campus as the Seattle University Fashion Club’s resident model coach.

Name: Natasha Wanigatunga

Role: Model

CollegeFashionista: When/where did you get your start in modeling?

Natasha Wanigatunga: I’ve had the desire to model since I was a little girl growing up with my mom, who was Miss Sri Lanka 1988. I would always admire all of her beautiful modeling pictures in my house. When I was 12, I went on my first trip to Sri Lanka where I had my first photoshoot with my mom in our sarees. This was the moment when I fell in love with modeling. I have never felt happier than with my mom beside me during this opportunity.

As I have grown with more and more modeling experiences throughout the years, I also competed in a pageant and was crowned Miss Sri Lanka USA 2015. I would have never won this title if it wasn’t for that photoshoot in Sri Lanka.

CF: What aspects of modeling do you bring to your daily life?

NW: The aspect of modeling I bring into my daily life is being present. Being present involves making the most of a moment; it involves being aware of yourself and others around you. When I am in front of the camera or walking on a runway, it’s important to be my best self in that moment. I incorporate presence into my daily life as I encounter other people, as I face obstacles and as I enjoy the time I have by myself.

CF: How have you seen the On Your Block fashion show change during your time at Seattle University?

NW: I am a junior at Seattle University, so I have been a part of the On My Block fashion show for three years. Each year’s show has turned out fun and different. In my opinion, this past “On My Block: Vivid Revival” fashion show has been the most balanced between student artistry and the Seattle fashion industry. For the first time, student art was in the show through music, models and wall art. The student aspect was admired and highlighted by several bloggers.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

NW: My personal style is cute and comfortable. I enjoy wearing diverse patterns, designs and colors. Most importantly, I like to feel comfortable in an outfit. If I don’t feel comfortable, I can’t fully enjoy the day because I get distracted with how I feel in my clothes. I like to wear clothes that feel right on my body so I can tackle my to-do list and enjoy my day.

Learn More: Natasha just walked the On My Block runway for the third time, but she’s certainly not done with the Fashion Club. Look for her off-campus in editorial shots!