Model Rubbab Ali is joining several of her industry peers in opting out from participating in the Lux Style Awards.

"I encourage everyone reading this (nominated, interested or a fan) to speak up against sexual harassment in our society," she said as she announced her decision on social media.

"I've been in this industry for 8 years and it makes me sick in my stomach to see the kind of casual harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards women that gets excused in the name of social 'norms'," said Rubbab.

She added, "LSA [has] the right to nominate whoever they deem appropriate - but as artists and public figures we also have a responsibility to speak up against those who perpetuate injustices against women.

"And finally - we have to support each other. If you are reading this and have your own sexual harassment story to tell - please speak up! We cannot sit back and just watch. Nothing changes until you stand up for yourself and those around you."

Rubbab is the seventh nominee to pull out from the LSA race this year in protest of the inclusion of an alleged sexual harasser in the nominations. Other nominees who have requested to be removed include model Eman Suleman, clothing brand Generation, makeup artist Saima Bargfrede, singer Meesha Shafi, folk rock band The Sketches and makeup artist Fatima Nasir.

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