As Ms. Pakistan World 2023, please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in London. My mother, who is Pathan, was born in Kohat, Pakistan, and then she moved to the UK. My late father was from Bootwada, India, and he moved to the UK, becoming a well-known British actor in his time. Both of my parents were actors and met through the industry.
I started my schooling in London, and then my mother moved us to Southern California, where I continued my education from 5th grade until 11th grade. I was very shy as a child, and due to this, while I was studying in California, my grandmother encouraged me to take up drama to build up my confidence. I ended up enjoying drama class so much that I also attended acting and modeling school alongside my studies. I also enjoyed many sports in high school, especially volleyball and badminton. We then moved back to England, where I became part of a dance group specializing in Bollywood-style dancing. I went to university in Sheffield, where I received my BSc in Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyles. Initially, I thought I was going to become a doctor or surgeon; however, my mindset changed due to my interest in acting, modeling, and sports.
I believed that the best subject to study would be health and nutrition, as I strongly believe that nutrition and health form the foundation and key to everything. I enjoy using my social media to inspire others to live healthier lives and strive to be a positive influence. I also enjoy reading books on self-development. I believe that the more I learn, the better I become, and this enables me to have a more significant impact on my own life and on others I encounter, whether in person or through my social media platforms. I feel a sense of fulfillment when I can make a positive impact on others.
What made you enter the Ms. Pakistan World pageant?
As soon as I realized there was such a thing as Miss Pakistan World, I had a strong feeling that I must participate and at least attempt to compete for the title. I saw it as an opportunity to be on a platform where I could make a positive impact and difference in the lives of others. I believe that if I can pursue this path, I can inspire hope in others as well.
How does it feel as the 4th Ms. Pakistan World as this title started in 2020?
It feels quite surreal to be crowned as Miss Pakistan World. I feel like it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. I’m taking each day as a blessing and each opportunity as another beautiful gift. I am truly grateful for being chosen as Miss Pakistan World.
What is your professional background?
I am an actress and a model. Additionally, I work as a network marketer in the health and nutrition field. The flexible lifestyle that comes with being an actor is quite beneficial. My network marketing venture provides the necessary flexibility while also allowing me to channel my passion for nutrition and health. Through both my career paths, I am able to make a positive impact on others.
Currently, I am involved in several acting projects in the UK. The first two are movies titled “The Asian Team” and “Mrs. Khan,” both of which are written by the award-winning writer Shaba Karim. Additionally, I am rehearsing for a play that will be based in London.
Are you excited to represent Pakistan internationally as Ms. Pakistan World?
Yes, I am extremely excited to represent Pakistan in international pageants! I am thrilled to showcase and represent Pakistan as a beautiful destination, sharing its rich culture, diverse people, and working to change any misconceptions that others may have about our country.
What advice would you give to the Pakistani girls out there wanting to be part of pageantry?
The advice I would give to many young Pakistani girls is to believe in yourself from the very beginning, no matter what. I want them to understand that they are complete individuals on their own. There’s no rush to settle down. I encourage them to have their own dreams and goals. If they feel a desire to become someone or achieve something in life, they must hold onto the belief that they can do it. Then, they should take action to work towards that life goal.
When they encounter obstacles along the way, they should embrace them, as challenges are where valuable skills are developed. They should keep moving forward, maintain their belief in themselves, and prioritize their well-being, both nutritionally and emotionally.
What is your charitable platform?
As Ms. Pakistan World, I aspire to support charities that focus on educating children in Pakistan, particularly orphaned children. These children deserve to experience love, care, and access to education. Recently, I came across and supported a project in the UK that aids orphaned girls in Pakistan with their marriages. Additionally, I am actively seeking to raise funds to support a school in Kohat, which I had the opportunity to visit during my trip to Pakistan earlier this year.