What does food mean to you? “I just want to share different culture’s food. A lot of people are so comfortable with what they’re eating. They don’t want to go out and try new food. I want to show that Charlotte is beautiful and there’s so many good places that I want to share.”
What advice would you give to your younger self? “Love yourself. You know I moved from Nepal when I was little and I’ve always tried to adjust with everyone around me, like try to be them. But then, I forget the unique me. I’m from Nepal, that already makes me unique, and I want to like express that and love myself.”
How old were you when you moved here? “Ten. I’ve moved from places to places, different schools all the time, so it’s always been adjusting myself. I think I’m happy where I am right now.”
What is your biggest challenge? “My passion is to travel, and I’m just looking for ways to travel around the world, share people’s stories, find different, unique food and explore places that people have never been before.”
Where do you want to be in ten years? “You know, I’ve always been in a family where all you do is get a job, get married, have kids… it’s always been like that. In my family everyone is a doctor or a dentist, you know, so there’s high hopes. There’s like that thing that’s set on me that you have to do something like that. But, honestly, I just want to find peace of mind maybe be like in a tropical island selling ice cream to little kids, doing yoga… in that spiritual vibe. I just want to find that.”
Technical Notes: Bini chose this colorful mural as the backdrop for her portrait, and it definitely suits her personality. I used a small LED panel to light up the left side of her face.