Published Jan 31, 2017 09:12am

Pakistani model Diya Ali has eyes on Model of the Year, Miss World titles

Model and actress Diya Ali is all set to participate in the ‘Model of the Year’ contest in Dubai.

In an interview with Dawn, Diya said around 50 countries were participating in the beauty contest that is scheduled to be held in March.

“In July, I shall also be participating in the Miss World contest, which will be held in Belgium,” she added.

Diya claims to be the only Pakistani to have been crowned ‘Miss Perpetual’ at the Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 contest held in the Philippines in November last year. She said she was making a lot of effort to clinch Model of the Year. Pakistani girls should come forward to represent their country on international fashion pageants to promote soft image of the country, she added.

Talking about her experience of participating in the Miss Asia Pacific International contest, Diya said it was very challenging. “For me, being the first Pakistani girl to have been selected as a contestant in the famous and oldest beauty pageant was a great achievement.”

She said beauty pageants were a big platform, as they provided an opportunity to empower women and instill confidence in them. They can create many more opportunities for a woman to discover one’s potential.

When asked what qualities a contestant for Miss Asia Pacific should possess, the model said they should be educated, confident women who should be fearless, compassionate and expressive.

She also claimed she had stepped into the film world by signing a project with Sohail-Sonia Productions that would be shot abroad as well as an Indian production under J Productions.

She further said she started off her entertainment career as a morning show host with ‘Good Morning Manchester’ on Manchester Digital TV.

Diya holds an MBA degree in marketing and has acted in TV dramas such as Bay Daro Dewar Ghar, Haya Ka Daman and Moor Mahal. One of her plays, Shehr-i-Naz, is currently on air.

Originally published in Dawn, January 31st, 2017

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Saad(DXB) Jan 31, 2017 11:17am

My dear lady, you are not even close to being as pretty as most beautiful Pakistani women. Agreed, most of them will not participate in such global contests any way. They know who they are and don't need to prove it to any one. Good luck for the contests, but i am afraid you don't stand a chance.

akhan Jan 31, 2017 11:21am

good and best of luck..

wish all of us could follow this.. "educated, confident, fearless, compassionate and expressive."

MA Jan 31, 2017 11:46am

No thank you

KT Jan 31, 2017 12:04pm

even participation is big achievement world recognizes you with your name.

Prakash Jan 31, 2017 02:45pm

@Saad(DXB) Its people like you that give Pakistan a bad name in women inequality.

Kumar Jan 31, 2017 02:49pm

So beauty pegeants are enlightment snd progressive?

Farouq Omaro Jan 31, 2017 03:35pm

Girls should have the freedom to do what they like. I support her.

Tariq Jan 31, 2017 03:35pm

Instead of trying to discourage her, we should encourage her. If she would have tried to dress herself up as a ninja and told her kids to judge everyone based on what they wear instead of their ethics, all people here would be happy!

Alanore Jan 31, 2017 04:12pm

@Saad(DXB) So true.

Awesome Lyrics Jan 31, 2017 05:44pm

Go for it lady, time to break some rules and chains

MJ Khan Jan 31, 2017 05:56pm

@Saad(DXB) She is the most beautiful.

SarfaraZ Jan 31, 2017 06:46pm

Representing your country with sincerity is the first step and no one will be let down. Winning or losing the pageant is the second step.

Saad(DXB) Jan 31, 2017 06:57pm

@MJ Khan Buddy I am assuming you're an India. I really hope you can get to visit Pakistan. You'll see that ever ordinary Pakistani women walking on the streets are far more beautiful and dignified

saeeds Feb 01, 2017 06:09am

@Saad(DXB) Don't be so disrespectful , it is not nice . If it is not hurting you than don't be bother . I think she pretty good looking girl and very confident. I Wish her best luck .

Arun-KS Feb 01, 2017 10:21am

Do not listen anyone. you are beautiful. You think doing wonders is the most beautiful thing in you.

DADDYMAC Feb 01, 2017 10:49am

@SAAD(DXB)

Are you from the dark ages mate...Your comments highlight the mentality of so many Pakistani Men. Diya Ali is a confident educated and attractive lady and we as Pakistanis should be proud that she is going to enter in the Miss World competition. Seriously people like you SAAD(DBX) give Pakistan such a bad name. Its 2017 women are equal to men. I dont post on forums but your post made me mad. Good Luck Diya Ali.

JiO Feb 01, 2017 12:15pm

The main problem with Pakistan women who are suppose to be so beautiful is that, these contests needs brain as well.

gp65 Feb 04, 2017 12:56am

@Saad(DXB) These contests require not just good looks but poise, confidence, presence of mind and talent.