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Faryal Makhdoom Wins ‘Influential Pakistani Fashion Icon’ Award And People Are Not Sure Why

Pakistanis are having none of it.

Faryal Makhdoom

Faryal Makhdoom was just handed the ‘International Influential Pakistani Fashion Icon Award’ and Pakistanis are asking why.

There are actual fashionistas who are influential in Pakistan, so why not them?

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Faryal Makhdoom accepting the ‘International Pakistani Fashion Icon Award’ at iPPA London

British-Pakistani Faryal Makhdoom is best known for being the wife of boxer Amir Khan. She’s also an entrepreneur, and a mother of two kids.

Judgment on her personal life and family feuds aside, Pakistanis are calling her out for the ‘International Influential Pakistani Fashion Icon Award’ she accepted recently.


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Both she and her husband Amir Khan attended the 10th International Pakistan Achievement Awards (iPPA) in London. When she was given an award meant for a Pakistani fashionista, it rubbed people the wrong way.

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British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom at the iPPA, 2019 in London

Pakistanis on social media pointed out how irrelevant Faryal Makhoom really is in her home country. Adding that she’s not the fashionista she makes herself out to be (as if that dress wasn’t a dead giveaway).

“How on Earth are you influential? Please explain. State reasons CLEARLY.??”

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Pakistanis point out how irrelevant Faryal Makhdoom is in Pakistan

Social media was flooded with criticism. Why they ask?

“Ok its true. Signs of the world ending. Like my son has more fashion sense than her? Being skinny with over-caked makeup and wearing next to nothing most of the time and getting an award for that? What happened to modesty ????”

 

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Social media reactions to Faryal Makhdoom being awarded the ‘International Pakistani Fashion Icon Award’ at iPPA, 2019

Social Media Reactions

Of course, Twitter had a field day.

Some people didn’t mince words. The outrage is obvious.

There Are Better Fashion Icons in Pakistan

We all agree that Faryal Makhdoom isn’t relevant in Pakistan, nor is she a fashionista. Meanwhile, there are plenty of fashionistas with actual influence in Pakistan, who actually belong to the entertainment industry.

From Mahira Khan to Sajal Aly, these women made Eastern formal-wear all the rage at red carpets.

Mahira Khan
Mahira Khan at the Hum Awards 2018

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Sajal Aly
Sajal Aly at Hum Awards 2018

 

Then there are the Hocane sisters that revamped casual chic. They even have a clothing line.

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Image from Hocane sisters’ clothing line UXM

What are your thoughts about Faryal as a style icon?

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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