Born in the town of Rukmalgama in Sri Lanka, Solange Kristina Gunawijeya is as unlikely a beauty queen as you could meet. She is more of a sportswoman who has represented her country around the globe in Basketball. She also holds Sri Lankan records for both basketball and netball. However, her passionate nature, love for the environment and subtle beauty saw her walk away victorious as, Miss Sri Lanka Earth in 2013.
This began her journey into the fast paced world of modelling. But, she never even had the desire to enter the competition…it was her mom and role model who secretly made the initial entry. Solange at the time was focusing her energy of being a professional basketball player. She jokingly adds that she wouldn’t have entered as she had “no idea of how to even be a beauty queen”. Having lost her dad at a young age , Solange who lives with her mother and sister, was more interested in sport than modelling.
But life has changed a lot for the young beauty since then, she now models for Victorias Secret and is contracted as a basketball player for the Sri Lankan navy, allowing her to live her dream of being a professional player and pursuing her new found love of modelling. Solange as most young ladies do, loves fashion and counts Giorgio Armani as her favourite international designer . Her local favourite is Venuka Yassasry whom she calls as a ‘genius’.
She describes her lifestyle in the same word as she describes her personal style : Simple. But there is nothing simple about the Sri Lankan beauty, she is an avid ‘foodie’ with Indian food being her favourite, she’s represented her country internationally for basketball, is currently preparing for one of the highlight fashion events in Sri Lanka, the upcoming, Colombo Fashion Week as well as the Sri Lankan National Basketball Tournament and she loves travelling, a lot. She has visited 26 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia and is looking forward to visiting South Africa. In between all of this she gets involved in various charities around the country.
Her days are busy so when she gets the time to relax she enjoys reading a good book and listening to music. She jokingly adds that though loves food, it doesn’t mean that she can cook.
But her highlight so far has got to be winning the Miss Sri Lanka Earth title,she says: “This has been a once in a lifetime experience for me, one that every girl dreams of. It has been an incredible journey and I’m so grateful to have been graced with this opportunity.”
But sport is never far away and as cricket has become synonomous with Sri Lanka the world over, it is no surprise that Solange loves the game and always tries to attend when tournaments are held at home. Her favourite player being Kumar Sangakkara.
A little more about our elegant cover model:
On Becoming a Role Model
“I believe a person has many role models in their lives. Each role model teaches a person about themselves . A role model to me is someone who not only treats me as an equal but is honest, trusting, and most of all open-minded especially in today’s society. We live in a society that really doesn’t allow one to be different . A role model DARES you and themselves to be different. So I’m a person who is not proud.“
Yourself: In three words
Honest, Kind, Patient
As a colour… and why
A shade of background white. I am seen in many places but only noticed in a few. There to see but never standing out.
Ideal Valentines Day
Something sweetly unexpected.
As an ambassador to your
beautiful country…describe for us reasons to visit
The pristine white sandy beaches,
crystal-clear blue seas, our reserved culture, rich history and welcoming locals.
JUST FOR LAUGHS:
1. A sneak a peak at your ipod
Anything romantic and perhaps a bit of techno
2. favourite artist
3. Coffee or Tea
4. What was the most recent movie you watched
New Year – a Hindi movie
5. Favourite actor
Arjun Rampal – Hindi actor
6. What book is on your bedside right now
A Sinhales novel called Noughty
7. you never leave home without
8. Sugar or Spice, Sweet or Savoury, Cake or Curry
9. If your life story were made into a movie, what should the title be
A Dreamy Girl
10. Complete the sentence….I can’t start OR end my day without…….A shower