Small-town superstars from the northeast are a force to be reckoned with. Their individuality takes shape through various outlets – be it their fashion sense, art, music, or other forms of expression. It is truly remarkable to witness the interesting remixes that emerge out of limitations and boundaries found in smaller towns and villages, untouched by mainstream influences. While media exposure is now accessible to even the remotest parts of the world, it is refreshing to see how these young generations use this inspiration to create something that is uniquely their own.
One such individual is Jay, a 19-year-old college student from Dinthar, a small town in Aizawl. With tens of thousands of followers on Instagram and thousands of fans eagerly anticipating his every post, he is a superstar in his own right. Jay’s charm lies in his boyish yet 80s rockstar look coupled with K-Pop idol cuteness. We first discovered him through a viral reel where he and his friends were filmed hanging out outside an unbothered institute in Aizawl. This feature on him aims to uncover his lifestyle and influences.
It turns out that Jay is a full-time college student who found fame on social media through his various passions in music, dancing, and modeling – not to mention his undeniably stylish exterior. Let’s read on to learn more about this rising star from Mizoram!
We chat with Jay from Mizoram – a social media sensation known for his edgy rockstar style and charisma.
R&L: Hi Jay! We’re so excited to chat with you today and get to know you better. Please introduce yourself to our readers
Jay: Hi my name is Jay, and my Mizo name is Lalmuanpuia Sailo. I’m 19 years old and currently a college student from a small town called Dinthar located in Aizawl, Mizoram. Although I am a full-time student, I actively pursue my passions as a dancer, and musician, and sometimes freelance as a model.
R&L: Tell us something about your upbringing and how that influenced your personal choices – be it career, style, music, or lifestyle.
Jay: Well, music has contributed a crucial role in my life since I was a kid. It has helped me cope with a lot of things – both pleasant and unpleasant ones.
“The artist who has influenced me the most is ‘5 Seconds of Summer.‘ Their music inspires me to “feel” .. to feel love or pain. It has helped me overcome challenges and realize that it’s okay to be human and make mistakes.”
R&L: You mentioned that you are a musician, dancer, and model. How did you get started in all these areas?
Jay: I was the lead guitarist in my high school band. How I got interested in music is actually quite funny 😁 I used to feel that it was cool when a guy plays the guitar and serenades his lover. That’s how I picked up the guitar and got into music. But gradually I developed a genuine passion for music.
As for dancing, I actually trained at a Mizo dance camp for 3 months back in 2021. This will be my third year as a professional dancer. Modeling… I got called for promotional shoots and music videos, and that’s how it has been so far.
R&L: In addition to music, dance, and fashion, tell us about a hidden talent/hobby that you have.
Jay: I don’t think I have any hidden talents but during my free time I love composing music and writing lyrics.
R&L: Tell us one fun fact about Mizoram or Mizos that we should know about 🙂
Jay: One fun fact about the Mizo people is that if you give chili to a Mizo during a meal, he’ll be your friend for life! Mizo people really love spicy food 😂
R&L: For someone visiting Mizoram for the first time, share your top 3 places to visit (tourist spots, cafes) – and top 3 food to try out.
Jay: My top 3 go-to places in Mizoram are:
- Bylane Cafe in Chanmari, Aizawl. They have the best kimbap in A town.
- The Book Cafe, also located in Chanmari, is a super cozy place where you can just relax and have a nice cup of coffee.
- Lastly ‘Ve leh tawp mai a’ restaurant located in Mualpui. They have the best pizzas.
R&L: Tell us about a day in your life – how does a busy schedule look like for a young influencer in Mizoram?
Jay: I’m still a college student pursuing my B. A, so I go to college in the morning and after that, I usually go to our dance studio to have a session. On days when I do not have schedules related to promotional shootings then I would go to a cafe for a while then head home and have my meal with family. I enjoy working out at night so my nighttime is usually reserved for workout sessions.
R&L: You have a lot of followers on Instagram – what’s the sweetest or most heartwarming message you’ve ever received from a fan?
Jay: Well, one of the sweetest messages I’ve received is when she messaged me that I was a reason for her to keep going, even though I’m just a normal college student like others. This meant a lot to me, and it also motivated me to be a better version of myself … made me want to show up and be better in whatever I do.
R&L: What’s your all-time favorite song, and why does it hold a special place in your heart?
Jay: My current favorite is ‘Elliot’s Song’ by Euphoria. It holds a special place in my heart as it was dedicated to me by a special person from the past. The lyrics of this song is especially meaningful to me.. goes something like this…
You and my guitarI think you may be my only friend I gave it all to see you shine again I hope it was worth it in the end
R&L: How do you stay true to your personal style while also keeping up with the latest trends?
Jay: I get my fashion inspos from music artists I really like. Some of them are Nirvana, LØREN, 5SOS, and the8 from Seventeen. I think my personality is reflected in the accessories I often wear – like rings, bracelets, and stuff like that.
R&L: If you could collaborate with any other influencer or brand, who would it be and why?
Jay: If I ever reach that peak in the future, I’d love to do a commercial shoot with CONVERSE one day. I’m a big fan of Chuck Taylor ever since I was a small kid.
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