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Ayesha Gilani is very bold, confident and intelligent woman, she believes in hard work and self-confidence.


Ayesha Gilani - Miss Pakistan World 2009

Ayesha Gilani - Miss Pakistan World 2009

1. How does it feel winning Miss World Pakistan?
Winning Miss World Pakistan has already proved a great experience, both new as it is. It’s so surreal. The runners-up were beautiful, intelligent women, and I honestly believe it was a hair that I won. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity to create strong, independent, intelligent women represent Pakistan at a global level, and the role model that Pakistani women need. I’m so excited about next year and hope to the past and future generations of Pakistani people to represent the world very well.

2. Tell us a little about yourself.
My family has lived and thrived in the culturally rich Lahore, Pakistan for 700 years. In 1971, my family migrated to the United States, where I was born. We often take back home to travel to Pakistan to visit, and they are never long enough. Currently living in the Washington, DC, I run a successful business of make-up artists called Limelight Beauty Artistes, focusing on weddings and fashion industry. My English Studies background has led to my beauty columns in magazines like Sapna Magazine, and Divanee Magazine. I also come from behind the scenes and started modeling myself. I love what I do because I love meeting new people every day. Every day brings new personalities, new stories.

3. What is your training?
I am currently studying at George Mason University, majoring in English Studies with a minor in Business Administration. I also trained with celebrity makeup artist Debra Macki and have taken make-up artist to take lessons to expand my skills further.

Between my school, I worked for the Washington Redskins (National Football League franchise a) Charitable Foundation, organizing events for the benefit of the less fortunate, and working with high profile clients to keep the foundation is successful. Previously I was employed at a certified government contracting authority’s proposal as Assistant Editor. It was a big step towards a stable job to my former part-time makeup artist carrying on business as a full time commitment, but I never looked back since, and I am blessed to do what I Be like a career.

4. What are interested in participating in Miss World Pakistan?
Since I was a little girl, people have always said that I do not look Pakistani, and I do not act Pakistani. How does one “act” of Pakistan? Apparently Pakistani people expect women to be quiet, introverted, shy, oppressed women. Au contraire! I’ve always been a confident, outspoken female stand up for her faith. Pakistani women look like me, do “act” like me, I thought. Now is my chance to inform the world about exactly how we are passionate and idiosyncratic. As a child, my role model was my older sister. She always spoke for themselves, she was beautiful, she was very intellectual. She was the complete package. I have two young nieces who I now only hope to be a role model. There are millions of young Pakistani girls around the world who need the same guidance. I can only hope that his alone.

I also intended to use this platform for another purpose. With several cases of children with disabilities here in my own family, my Achilles heel is the less fortunate. Whether children suffering from Down syndrome, or displaced from their homes in Swat valley, will do everything I can to assist in their relief to do.

5. How has your family responded to your crown?
My family is rooting for me to win from the get-go. They claimed they “knew” I would win all along, and were so proud of me when I won. She literally jumped for joy and cried tears of happiness. It’s funny and painful at the same time they introduce myself to everyone we know as Miss Pakistan World, but I cherish the love and support they have always given me.

6. Do you have family in Lahore, Pakistan, if so, how did they react?
Many of my family lives in Lahore. Pakistan is relatively new in the field of pageantry and some understanding and some not. I am not ashamed of who I am, what I wear, what I speak, so I have no reason a hypocrite preaching one thing and yet doing another show. I am a spiritual person at heart, but I am convinced that God and only God can judge me.

7. What are your plans next year for your current business plans?
Apart from the many competitive challenges of the Miss Pakistan World title will be my way this year, I remain involved in many activities. I continue to study at my university, and staying actively involved in the fashion industry in Washington, DC. As a member of the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, I work with colleagues “profashionals” to the DC fashion industry continue to bring to par with its New York and Paris counterparts. It also keeps me swamped running my business, I eat, sleep and breathe. My aim is a leading independent organization dedicated to providing Limelight’s services within the next two years to open. I also spend my time modeling, writing my beauty in the column “Steal the Limelight,” and finishing with friends and family, my two cats, and Mr. Meowgi Tony Montana and two birds called Ranjha and Heer covers.

8. After the hard experience in Toronto for nearly 10 days, something has changed you personally?
Indeed, in every difficult experience, creating a stronger person. After six months of intensive study, working out, and other preparations, women from around the world gather for a common goal for the next Miss Pakistan World. Ten days of hard work, essay writing, pop quizzes, to work, photo shoots, minimal sleep, no time to eat, all while looking picture perfect will discipline a person. I pushed myself to the limit and beyond, and realized I am much stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. On the day of the election, while doing my makeup, I suddenly felt as if hit with a ton of bricks with a high fever. Turning my head, my voice began to change due to congestion, sneezing, I was a storm, and my eyelids grew heavy exhaustion. I said to myself, I’m damned if I leave my body to get the best of me on a day like today, downed some over the counter medications, had an energy drink, and on the bigger picture. Ten minutes later I was good as new and a few hours later, I wear the crown and sash. As taught to us by successful image consultant and motivational speaker, Nyla Hasan, but it’s mind over matter. If your heart in anything, you can reach. As Henry Ford once said: “Whether you think you can, or think you can not, you’re right.”

9. What is your advice to people who have misconceptions about Pakistan in beauty pageants?
Our great nation, the land of purity, or Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah was formed by the principles of Islam. What people often ignored is that Islam, and Jinnah spoke of it often in his speeches to the people, preaches acceptance of all faiths and equality for all. All kinds of people live in Pakistan, different religions, races and mindsets. While there are people who are opposed to the involvement of Pakistan in beauty pageants, there are more people with open minds to support the progress of Pakistan and its involvement in arenas of the world. People must learn to civil or disagree, respect each other’s opinions. This lesson is one that can be applied to all humanity, live and let live, as preached by Jinnah himself.

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