Get to know Amila Niksic, the 16-year-old competitive swimmer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

How were you scouted by The Brick?

I was scouted by The Brick on Instagram! Ellen reached out to me through one of my photos, and the rest is history.

What’s something people may be surprised to learn about you?

I'm a competitive swimmer and have been swimming for around a decade!

What inspires you? I am inspired by people who are so selfless and so passionate about a cause that they will stand up for what they believe in no matter the consequences.

What made you want to model?

I love the idea of being able to meet people from all the different walks of life, and I love

exploring new styles with clothing, hair, and makeup.

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever done?

The most difficult thing I’ve ever done is learning that it is okay to say “no" sometimes (I’m still working on that).

Who is your favorite model and why?

My favorite model is Adwoa Aboah because she uses her platform to bring attention to bigger issues.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I was at a fitting for a fashion show and after I put the outfit on, I walked out only to be told I put it on completely backward. It was very embarrassing!

Where do you hope modeling will take you in life?

All around the world! I hope to experience new places and things through modeling.

Do you have an issue or cause you are passionate about?

I am very passionate about preventing gun violence and attended the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C.

What item in your closet do you wear the most?

My Ralph Lauren boyfriend jeans!

What are a few of your favorite things?

I love to swim (I practice 4 hours a day), I really enjoy chocolate and ice cream (or chocolate ice cream), and I love photography!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself enrolled in college while modeling. I would love to study sustainable engineering. What is your favorite quote?

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." -Eleanor Roosevelt

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