Law Graduate Represents SA at Mister Supranational 2021
Bachelor of Laws graduate, Mr Akshar Birbal represented South Africa at the Mister Supranational 2021 pageant held in Nowy Sacz, Poland.
Birbal (25), who was the Mister Supranational South Africa winner last year, said representing his country on a global platform had been an amazing experience.
‘It was always my dream to model on an international level as well as to show my passion for modelling on live television,’ he said. ‘I am proud to mention that being Mr Supranational South Africa has allowed me to represent my country on an international platform and fulfil my dreams.’
Having started his modelling career in 2016, Mister Supranational is not Birbal’s first pageantry experience - he was first runner-up in the Mr India South Africa 2016 contest and has been nominated as the ambassador for the Mr India South Africa brand in 2018.
Balancing his modelling career with his legal career is a priority for Birbal who graduated from UKZN with an LLB in 2018. He was able to excel in his faculty and had qualified for the International Golden Key Award. Birbal extended his knowledge and went ahead and obtained his PLT (practical legal training) certificate from the University as well.
He worked as a candidate attorney at Theasen Pillay and Associates in Durban in 2018 and went on to join Pravda and Knowles Attorneys, where he fully completed his articles. ‘After graduating with my Bachelor of Laws degree, I went on to serve my articles of clerkship. It was during this period that my confidence grew, I was given the opportunity to argue matters in court as well as hold meetings with representatives from other law firms and held many consulting sessions with various clients,’ he said. This type of exposure gave me confidence on the stage and at Pageantry level where various questions were thrown at you by the judges.
In the next couple of weeks, Birbal will be admitted as an attorney at the High Court and is looking forward to starting his own legal firm in Durban.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo