On this day, we bring you a bevy of beauties from fashion, music and entertainment; young mothers who balance highly-accomplished careers with devoted home lives while managing to look uber-gorgeous and stylish with a sense of wonder.
Nadia Hussain: Nadia Hussain is a former dentist, reigning supermodel, occasional actress/TV host and most recently lawn and shoe entrepreneur. She has been heralded on a myriad of magazine covers and TV morning shows as the ‘quintessential working mother’, balancing her thriving and multi-faceted career while actively raising her six-year-old son Shadal and four-and-a half-year-old daughter Shanzay.
Enviably, the dauntless Capricornian mum has managed all of this, while perennially looking dewy-faced, razor-sharp svelte and impeccably turned out at shows and public events, accompanied by her handsome stockbroker husband, Atif.
If Barbie ever got married to Ken and had kids in real life, her cosmos might resemble that of the gorgeous Nadia Hussain.
Meesha Shafi: Former Overload lead singer, edgy rock-chick fashionista, L’Orèal spokesperson and daughter of veteran actress Saba Pervaiz, Meesha Shafi recently gave birth to her first child, a daughter whom she has lovingly named Janevi (Turkish for ghar ki jaan or ‘darling of the home’). “I’m utterly and hopelessly in love,” she says of her month-and-a-half bundle of joy with husband and former Overload band member, Mahmood Rahman.
Creative and multi-talented, this stunner, who appeared Demi Moore-like (except fully-clothed) on the cover of a fashion magazine at the height of her pregnancy, seems supremely happy in her new role as a young mother and quite understandably believes that future super-stardom can definitely wait its turn.
Frieha Altaf: Former model, Pakistani fashion industry veteran and architect of an ever-expanding media empire, Frieha Altaf’s indubitable success has not come without sacrifices. The perfectionist Virgo and unabashed fashionista has prioritised her life around her two children, 15-year-old son Turhan and daughter Parisheh, 14.
And it’s not that Frieha has neglected herself in the mix: she recently lost almost 20 pounds on a regimen of cardiovascular exercise, adhering to a strict protein diet and unashamedly loving the dolce vita. The result: looking serene, sexy and ever-youthful.
Nabila: Becoming a mother at 19 didn’t prevent this Pakistani fashion industry powerhouse from attaining the status of the fashion legend that she is. Hair expert, image consultant, CEO of Group Nabila, author, reality-show producer and creator of an eponymous and soon-to-be released hair product line, this clued-in mistress of the edit has only looked ahead, all the while forging an honest and communicative relationship with her sons, Zahir (28) and Zakir (26), both of whom have worked with their accomplished mother and with whom she said she has grown alongside.
Fouzia Aman: Reed-thin and photogenic model Fouzia Aman became a catwalk favourite for many designers with her distinctive walk and cheerful (sometimes catty) demeanour. Fouzia was also one of the first models to be seen at fashion shows and shoots accompanied with her now four-and-a-half-year old son Mekayl, illustrating how committed she was to being both a mother and a professional.
Recently re-married and mother to yet another son, one-year-old Shasraiz, the ever-cheerful fashion star is slowly returning to the spotlight with the added radiance of recent motherhood.
Hadiqa Kiyani: Hadiqa Kiyani is Pakistan’s indisputable pop princess; an avid fashion chameleon, (she appeared in a photo-shoot for Gul Ahmed’s Summer 2010 collection with her now six-year-old son Naaday Ali) as well as being an unrelenting charity worker and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador who helped construct housing facilities in flood-hit Nowshera. Hadiqa became a mother when she adopted Naaday in 2005, softly expressing at the time the sentiment that “I need a child and the child (needs) a mother.”
Raising Naaday proudly as a single mother, Hadiqa continues to create music, with the release of her new album, Masakali while retaining an angelic effervescence.
Mahnoor Baloch: The impossibly youthful-looking actress and model Mahnoor Baloch, after an intermittent hiatus, can now be seen on billboards throughout the city as the face of Nishat Lawn as well as a myriad of high profile TV and print ad campaigns. But the pristinely pretty and quintessential gori-chitee Mahnoor first caught our attention as a fashion model and favourite of photographer Arshad Tareen, and an actress who shot to fame with her first drama serial, Marvi. Married at the incredibly young age of 15, Mahnoor unbelievably is the mother of an equally attractive 23-year-old daughter Annika, but she makes no bones about her age and instead, along with the joys of motherhood, embraces it with grace, dignity and endless charm.
Juggan Kazim: Juggan Kazim (real name: Syeda Mehr Bano Kazim) was destined to remain under the arc lights having first become a child model and later also venturing into TV plays as a young teenager. Since then the candid model, actress and brand ambasador for Garnier has hosted over a dozen TV talk shows, a dozen-and-a-half TV plays and will add the June 2011 release of the Lollywood film Khamoosh Raho to her filmography of half-a-dozen films and music videos.
This eternal optimist with a well-known pouty motor-mouth balances her countless projects while single-handedly raising her five-year-old son Hamza Ahmed; in fact she has said on many occasions that she does all that she does for the “light of my life and my reason for existing, my son Hamza.” — Zürain Imam