Social Strategist for InDigital Media, New York City, NY
A Beauty Named is a new concept thought up to shine light on women we believe are stylish, interesting, and talented in their own unique way. They represent a rare group who value the smallest treasures in life, whether it is a good meal, small fashion accessory, or photograph that inspires. Audrey Hepburn said it best: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”
How would you describe your personal style?
A mix between chic and classy; it varies with sheath dresses for client meetings to East Village eclectic ensembles for playing around New York City. I enjoy my chunky Pakistani gold jewels as much as my disco tights from American Apparel. It all depends on where, with whom and what we are up to. I have a certain crew of girlfriends who always dress up to the nines so with them I get to wear all my pretty dresses. But when plans are enjoying Governors Island festivals bring on the fringe and feathers.
A vintage Christain Dior red canvas bag that my mother purchased in Geneva during 1970’s and gave to me before I left for America nearly 12 years ago. A trendsetter, she still dislikes ‘jeans’ as they are too casual and believes the right handbag completes every outfit. Her friends would tell me stories of how she would steal the show at every social gathering for her modern twists on traditional Pakistani clothing. In fact, she opened one of the very first fashion boutiques in the city of Lahore after returning from living in Europe. My sister and I often joke about how lucky we are to have inherited a personal stylist at birth.
Where is your favorite place to dine?
As a food lover, it’s a joy to be in a dinning haven like New York. Currently, I have two favorites: Tartiney a French Bistro in Soho where pretty much everything is scrumptious and Masalawala which is an adorable South Asian restaurant on Essex offering curry delicacies like the ones I use to have growing up in Pakistan.
What is the best advice you’ve received from your parents?
As with most people, my parents are my world . My father always pushed us to give everything our all; no half-hearted approaches to anything. An ex-boxing champion his motto was hit first,hit hard-you might get beat later but at least you gave it your best. My mother being quite the opposite; a spiritual person who taught us the importance of karma. It’s hard to comprehend your parent’s know what’s best when you are younger but for the most part they have been through the same situations just seen them through the lens of a different era.
What are you extremely passionate about?
Life. I want to enjoy every single aspect of it. I know it sounds quite the cliche, but the truth is we forget how quickly it passes by – allowing ourselves to be taken over by so many issues that make little or no difference to our tomorrows. Just recently I read an inspiring interview with Chris Gardner whose life is showcased in the film Pursuit of Happiness. He said people need to find what they love to do so they look forward to each day beginning not ending.
What lady do you think embodies pure elegance and style?
The beautiful Queen Rania of Jordan.
What do you consider a staple in a lady’s wardrobe?
A White pure silk shirt. The simplicity and versatility of this item is unbelievable