ManCrush: Niko Wirachman
Dancer Niko Wirachman is one of our Insta favourites.
We caught up with him for a behind-the-scenes look at his online life.
Your Instagram game is really strong. What’s the goal with your social media?
I never planned to have such a big following – I’m truly grateful to my followers who enjoy my posts. For me, my Instagram posts are more my work and art, while my Instagram Stories are about my life. I also think that anyone who has a platform should use it for the good. I do often try to send out messages and spread love.
I was badly bullied when I was in school and was always made fun of for being feminine and for my love of dance. To this day, I suffer from insecurities because of it. If it hadn’t been for my mum, I probably would have given up on school and dance. She always made me feel loved and supported me in every way. She could see that I loved dancing, but the pressure from others broke me. She would have taken five jobs to support my passion. She truly means the world to me and – because of her – I’m now dancing in front of thousands of people in a West End Show every day.
I’ve talked about my past life on my Instagram a few times, and I hope to also inspire the next generation to be kind to one another and to help each other. I hope to show people that we’re all different and unique. No matter what skin colour, religion, gender, who we love, or whatever. We should cherish diversity and learn to love the colourful world we live in.
I also hope that I’ve shown through my Instagram stories the reason why I’ve chosen to be vegetarian, and I hope to have inspired people to also think about where their meat comes from.
I try to use my social media to spread positivity and love. Hopefully I can inspire others with my messages.