Ahad Raza Mir
He is a Canadian-Pakistani actor and singer who has made waves over the last few years in our industry. When he gets a chance, he manages to work in a few plays in Canada as well. A very versatile and dedicated actor – Mir has worked in films as well as TV.
He is popularl known for his roles in Pakistani television series and films. Mir has established a career in Pakistan and has earned praise for portraying unconventional roles. Humble and extremely talented – Mir has proven to show how hard work pays off.
With her pouty lips and chiselled face Roshanay has been Pakistani fashion’s golden girl the moment she landed here from the US. Bagging campaigns for top brands like Sana Safinaz, Maria B, Outfitters, Sapphire, Zainab Chottani and Fahad Hussayn, Roshanay has been at the top of her game recently.
Even being forced to stay away from the fashion scene during the lockdown couldn’t stop this stunner from bagging that supermodel title this year after working with every possible fashion house and opening and closing shows for several designers at this year’s Bridal Couture Week. Along with campaigns, runway and editorials, Roshanay was also seen in the largely successful music video ‘Soneya’ for singer Asim Azhar — a major feat considering we don’t see many models essaying the lead in commercial projects today.
A Pakistani former VJ turned actor – Madiha joined the Pakistani Drama Industry by making her acting debut in Hum TV’s drama ‘Ishq Mein Tere’, in the year 2013. She made her film debut in Bollywood with the movie Dear Maya in 2017.
Last year, Madiha Imam created waves by acting in a web series by Mehreen Jabbar, Jhooti Love Story (EJLS). The series was a lighthearted comedy with some sweet young romance.
Madiha has a fresh new face and has proven herself to be a very talented actor.
Fashion’s blue eyed boy — literally — with his piercing coloured eyes Aimal has been ruling the modelling industry in recent times becoming a household name as a leading supermodel in the country. With two consecutive Hum Style Awards wins for the Best Male Model, Aimal has been the favourite of several fashion houses ranging from the biggest couturiers to several streetwear names.
Interestingly, Aimal with five LSA ‘Model of the Year’ nods also holds the record for the most consecutive nominations without ever winning. Unlike most of his contemporaries Aimal has been rather been open to experiment with his looks and has sported everything from a thick full beard to going full blonde to even a perm — and has carried each of his looks effortlessly courtesy the fact he looks like a Greek God.
Munsif Ali Khan
Bouncing back off a shocking nominations snub from last year, Munsif has remained undeterred and been proving his mettle. He is also one of the few Pakistani male models or even celebrities who have a strong and fashionable side personal style and it also won’t be wrong to say Munsif is right amongst the most stylish men in the country today.
This very good looking chap can be seen gracing fashion campaigns of various top notch designers such as Ismail Farid, Nomi Ansari, Shehla Chatoor, MNR, and fashion brand Cambridge. Munsif’s much evident diversity as a model can be seen from the ease that he carries eastern and western wear — making him one of the most sought after male models today.
Actor, singer, model – is there anything she can not do? Hira, in recent years, has made waves and proven herself to be extremely talented. Her song ” Sawaari ” has had everyone dancing to the tune!
From the ramp to billboards this dusky beauty has become quite the rage on the local fashion scene in a rather short span of time. Over the past one year Nimra has been seen starring in one campaign after another for some of the biggest fashion houses in the country including the likes of Elan, Shehla Chatoor, Sania Maskatiya, Gul Ahmed, Outfitters, and Zara Shahjehan among many others.
Not only is she the favourite of almost every major brand but Nimra has also built an interesting editorial portfolio for herself with several quirky and innovate photoshoots to her credit. With her signature luscious curls, Nimra also boasts a very fashionable personal style and is certainly one face to look forward on the modelling front.
To refer to him as a very handsome Pakistani model and actor, would surely be an understatement. Emmad has done lead roles in many TV serials such as Geo TV, ARY Digital and Hum TV serials as well as worked with renowned national and international brands.
He is definitely someone we want to see more of in the coming new years.
Being named the Best Male Model for the fourth time at the 2020 Lux Style Awards — the most in the category, Hasnain stands tall as the most decorated and successful male models in the history of Pakistani fashion. Although there has been a big influx of male models recently, Hasnain still remains the blue eyed boy for the biggest brands in the country which are not just limited to fashion.
While Hasnain has been seen looking his usual dapper self, posing for leading menswear brands like Republic, Ismail Farid, Gul Ahmed he was also appointed as the face for the newly launched drink Amstel Pakistan and more recently appeared as the face for automobile giant Hyundai’s latest car launch. With the strongest portfolios in the industry it won’t be a surprise if Hasnain keeps bagging awards this year.
From the quirky girl next door to a badass queen Saboor has proven herself as a versatile actor and a name to watch out for on our screens.
Not only has she been portraying a wide range of characters on the small screen but she’s also developed quite a stylish persona off-screen. Playing the negative characters of Gul and Fariya in the plays Gul-o-Gulzar and Fitrat respectively, Saboor has given some of her career’s finest performances in the recent years.
An industry pioneer and the country’s biggest beauty maven — it’s nearly impossible to talk about the Pakistani fashion industry and not immediately think of Nabila. The N-brand today boasts of three high-scale salons in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, a makeup brand ‘Zero Makeup’, and a men’s grooming chain called N-gents along with the newly-launched Factory.
Even though it’s been nearly three decades since Nabila first launched her salon, her business vision and innovative approach remains as fresh and relevant as ever to the current times. This fact can be seen from how she was one of the first to devise a proper strategy and mechanism for the reopening of salons during the pandemic — laying out a much needed holistic plan for the entire beauty industry to follow. Nabila is not only known for her strong business acumen but is also a living style icon famous for her eccentric eyewear collection.
From being an emerging name to a top model today, Maha has been making her mark in the modelling industry with her sultry looks and striking features. This dark-skinned stunner has featured in several remarkable campaigns for top industry names like Shehla Chatoor, Sana Safinaz, Fahad Hussayn, Zainab Chottani and Elan among many others.
Maha was also recently nominated as the best emerging talent in fashion at 2020 Lux Style Awards and has since been on and upwards on the fashion scene. Along with her outstanding portfolio that also includes some challenging and impactful editorials, Maha’s unapologetically sexy personal style and fun Insta stories chronicling her routine make her profile something always fun to go through for both style inspo and a quick mood fix.
Young and talented – Aima Baig has a voice that stands apart from the rest of the crowd. She has a list of songs under her name, and we are always looking forward to her new tunes.
Starting his career by singing covers of famous international songs like Whistle by Flo Rida, Asim quickly became a teen sensation and has since then not looked back.
Asim today stands as one of the biggest singers in Pakistan but his fan base exceeds borders — particularly in the recent few years the 24-year-old singer has delivered some of his biggest musical successes with songs like Sonheya, Tum Tum and Yaad gaining millions of views across social media and music streaming platforms. Asim has also sung the hugely successful PSL anthem ‘Tayar Hain’ alongside legends like Ali Azmat, Arif Lohar and Haroon and was also named the Most Stylish Performer at the 2020 Hum Style Awards.
The very popular ‘Khoji’ Tabesh has established himself as one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry and has been the nurturing force behind some of today’s leading models such as Mushk Kaleem, Maha Tahirani and Sachal Afzal. He is widely regarded as a leading fashion stylist in the country and has styled several massively successful fashion campaigns for the biggest brands.
Along with his commercial work, Khoji also boasts a distinctive and extraordinary editorial portfolio where he transforms his models or muses into the most challenging of looks. When he’s not styling the who’s who of the entertainment world, Khoji can be seen playing ‘Mr Congeniality’ at any party with his pleasant and quirky personality.
A leading fashion stylist, Alishay is certainly a trendsetter in Pakistani fashion. Not only is she known for her remarkable styling jobs but she’s also popular for her own personal style especially her styling videos and posts that serve major inspo for many young women on how to dress for the season or any occasion.
On the fashion front, Alishay has styled many campaigns for leading names like Al Karam, Ethnic and Farah Talib Aziz while she has served as stylist to many A-list stars such as Saba Qamar, Mahira Khan, Ayesha Omar, Syra Yousuf, Sadaf Kanwal, Sanam Saeed, Ayeza Khan and Iqra Aziz. Along with being a stylist, Alishay is also an entrepreneur and owns a jewellery brand ‘Filigree’ — famous for handcrafted modern pieces.
A Pakistani VJ and actress with a heart of gold. As a VJ, she appeared on MTV Pakistan and that is where everyone fell in love with her and her voice.
Anoushey is the voice of the voiceless. Aside from being super talented as a host, we have seen her take a stand for animal abuse and work closely with animal shelters for as long as we can remember. She is a true animal lover and humanitarian. Down-to-earth and extremely talented at what she does.
It is people like her who revive our faith in humanity.
Zahrah Sehr Vayani
Barrister Zahrah Sehr Vayani is a litigator with broad experience in civil, family, property,banking, media, commercial, arbitration, criminal and constitutional matters. Licensed as an Advocate of the High Court of Sindh, Ms. Vayani has been practicing law in Karachi for over nine years. Having pursued her LLB Honours at the University of Manchester, She got called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008 , whilst working in London, Ms. Vayani successfully passed the New York Bar exam and became an Attorney at Law, New York.
She is currently chamber sharing/ working with Mr. Khalid Jawed Khan and also has her own independent practice since 2017 March. She played an active role when the pandemic hit the world unexpectedly and daily wagers were left with zero income and no food. Her Ration Packs initiative ( @bzsv2020 ) ended up helping thousands and thousands of people of Karachi.
He never fails to impress us. Asim Abbasi, a British-Pakistani director, recently grabbed our attention with a really interesting web series – Churails.
The web series garnered favourable reviews with critics praising the show for a fresh feminist take on intersectional patriarchy. Sadly, though, the web series was shut down in Pakistan.
Orange Tree Foundation
One of the biggest issues our country faces is inequality of education. Children from low and middle income families receive substandard education while children from affluent families receive high quality education at elite schools which charge high fees. This inequality creates a gulf between students and places them at a disadvantage when entering professional life.
A group of dedicated change makers (college students, entrepreneurs and professionals), having received their education at elite schools and witnessing the education inequality firsthand, came together to tackle this problem. Taking inspiration from alternative education delivery models, they started a unique program where students from underprivileged backgrounds would be prepared to gain admission to top private schools and the fees would be borne by a group of committed donors, who would support the student’s entire education from nursery to college/university.
Omer Mateen Allahwala is one of OTF’s Co-Founders,and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of OTF. He has also worked with the Children’s Cancer Foundation for nearly ten years. He is one of the team members of The Indus Hospital fundraising and volunteer group.
Leaving a long eternal legacy behind in her short career, Zara’s untimely demise has left an unfillable void in the fashion industry. The dark-skinned supermodel paved the way for many girls of darker skin to enter the fashion industry and moved brands mainly lawn and bridal fashion houses to hire dusky models for jobs that were usually reserved for the fairer skin.
A supermodel like no other, she was not afraid to take risks and delivered some of the best shots seen in recent years, Zara passed away in a plane crash in May 2020 just a few months after winning the Best Female Model and was later posthumously named LSA Model of the Year the same year — she earned both these awards through her relentless hard work and passion.