Changing attitudes

Pakistan’s first supermodel says country’s fashion industry is booming

Pakistani model Nadia Hussain wearing a creation by Pakistani designer Zarmina Khan, in Karachi, Pakistan. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

In an interview with BBC Radio’s Asian Network, Nadia Hussain, the Pakistani beauty considered by many to be the country’s first supermodel, said that Pakistan is a much more model-friendly place today than it was when she first started in the business 20 years ago. Hussain, who is also a successful actress, television personality, business woman, mother of four young children, and a practicing dentist, was asked whether modeling was seen as undesirable in conservative Pakistan. “No,” she replied. “It’s changing dramatically and it’s actually been like that for the past, you know, 10 to 15 years. There used to be no fashion weeks. There was never a fashion show in which there would be like 40 models, and now there are.”

A file photo shows final touches being made to model Nadia Hussain's makeup during Fashion Week in Karachi in 2008. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Final touches being made to model Nadia Hussain’s makeup during Fashion Week in Karachi in 2008. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hussain also revealed that while her mother “wasn’t really that supportive” of her pursuing a career as a model, her father nonetheless encouraged her to pursue her dream. “My father … was quite supportive from the very beginning,” Hussain recalled. “He said, ‘If she wants to do it then let her do it.’”

Read the full story at BBC News.

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