"Every model should have a level playing field.”
Former Miss Pakistan World Areej Chaudhry feels Pakistan’s representation in beauty forums is almost non-existent.
The model believes Pakistan must focus on organising beauty contests between Pakistan and India so that models from both countries can benefit from the exposure.
In an interview with The Express Tribune, she shared:
“There is no doubt that Pakistan is a very beautiful country but due to some unavoidable reasons, our representation in the world’s beauty forums is almost non-existent.
“Our models are just as competent as Indian models but Indian talent gets strong support from its sponsors and government.”
Areej added: “Pakistan and India can organize beauty contests on a regional level, too.
“But such contests should be held on equal footing.”
Speaking about the fashion industry, Areej claimed that models are taught to live in peace and harmony with one another:
“The best way to improve yourself is to move forward and let others move forward.
“In my opinion, every model should have a level playing field.”
About representing Pakistan in Miss Earth, Areej commented: “It was an honour for me to be part of such a grand affair.”
Following her Miss Pakistan World win, Areej shared advice for her fellow beauty pageant contestants:
“Aside from killing it on the ramp and in photoshoots, you also need to develop good communication skills and acquire knowledge about current affairs.
“It is also expected for an international model to have some regard for other cultures and participate in charity work.”
Elaborating on her vision, Areej added that her main goal is to bring a positive image of Pakistan to the world.
“The whole world knows that there is a lot of beauty in Pakistan.
“Beauty contests are not only about apparent aesthetics; they also take into account your intelligence and social work along with physical beauty.
“During the competitions, your social activity in your own country is also observed.”
After becoming Miss Pakistan World, Areej also stepped into the world of showbiz and has appeared in several TV serials.
Touching upon her personal life, Areej said that she believes that entering a marriage is a matter of luck:
“So far no one has been able to appeal to me as a husband.
“I will get married whenever I meet someone who does.”