Skyrocketing to fame almost instantly after her Coke Studio debut Afreen Afreen, Momina Mustehsan reveals that all the attention revolving around her physical appearance did "not feel great at all."
"To be honest, I didn't even know my smile could be such a big deal. I didn't really like it [the attention] initially, and I still don't like it, but I've learned to filter it out. It's because I'm not here to be judged on this [my looks]," the singer tells BBC Urdu in a live Facebook chat.
Momina explains: "I mean I'm not an actress or a model, nor do I claim to be one, but it didn't feel all that great. But this is what comes with the whole package. I kind of knew it was going to happen so I stayed away from the camera for so long, even though I had an original song before and I'd sung for Bollywood in the past."
Speaking on the objectification of women in Pakistan, the singer believes that it is a global phenomenon and one even men are subject to.
"I think this is everywhere," she says. "Especially for women, they [men] care about their outward appearance. It's not about being judged on what you bring to the table, instead they judge you for everything. That is a problem -- even for men that is an issue, but more with women than men."
Although this instant fame 'feels weird' for the 24-year-old, she has no plans of acting on screen.
"I don't think so. I had a lot of people offer me a lot of wonderful roles, and I'm very honoured, but I don't think I can do it, I'm just not cut out for it, I guess."