IN HONOUR OF WOMENâ€™S MONTH THROUGHOUT MARCH, SUNDAY, IN COLLABORATION WITH KHAADI, WILL BE CELEBRATING THE INCREDIBLE TRAILBLAZING FEMALES THAT MAKE PAKISTAN PROUD. WE CHAT WITH THE TALENTED POWERHOUSE AND ENTREPRENEUR NABILA MAQSOOD.
How can women in this generation be role models for future generations – for both men and women?
By being their best and making way for the future generations.
What are some decisions you’ve made in your life that took the most amount of courage?
In all areas of my life, whether personal or professional, I have tried to make amends by changing whatever I didnâ€™t like andÂ have also stopped lying to myself. I continue to do so everyday.
To you, who are the biggest champions of womenâ€™s rights in Pakistan?Â
I feel all women who refuse to feel inferiorÂ are the biggest champions of womenâ€™s rights!Â Asma Jahangir is someone who I feel is a true inspiration, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an amazing ambassador for women and Benazir Bhutto definitely made an impact and changed the image of women in Pakistan.
Who are the most pro-women men you know?
The smart ones. Men who are secure with themselves and arenâ€™t afraid to show their feminine side. Luckily, all the men in my life including my husband, sons, father, brother and friends are all very supportive to me and Iâ€™m grateful for that.
What is your best kept beauty secret?Â
I donâ€™t follow any strict regime. I just feel I am a positive person and that helps me with my lifestyle and then reflects outwardly. I take care of my body; I walk, do yoga, take on challenges, all of which have helped me look and feel my best. Also, I feel If you have self worth and take care of yourself, youâ€™ll be beautiful in the best possible way.
How big of a connection does commercial advertising have with the growing amount of body image issues young women have? Is Nabila’s doing anything to counter that?
Yes, of course there is a direct correlation, and Europe was the first to realize this and they made a change in trends and made a statement on runway and elsewhere as well. We support it fully and we donâ€™t support unhealthy and abusive lifestyles. Imperfections are natural and the best you can be is enough. We are keeping our communication as real as possible, and try to use Photoshop as less as possible.
In your opinion, how do women connect with Khaadi? What makes Khaadi the â€œpreferredâ€ Pakistani brand?
Khaadi is simple, affordable, comfortable and reliable. Their clothes are super wearable, classic and timeless embodying local designs and trends. In short, itâ€™s a sure shot solution!