Miss Pakistan World

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Miss Pakistan World
Miss Pakistan World.jpg
Logo of Miss Pakistan World
Motto Celebrate the woman in you!
Formation 2003
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Karachi
Miss Earth
Miss United Continents
World Miss University
Miss Asia Pacific World
Miss Globe International
Official language
English, Urdu
Sonia Ahmed
Website Miss Pakistan Official website

Miss Pakistan World is a beauty pageant for Pakistan. Till date it is the only original Pakistani beauty pageant that is internationally recognized in the world. The contestants of the Miss Pakistan World pageant are Pakistani girls who reside all over the world, as well as the participation is opened for Pakistani girls from Pakistan, as well as dual nationality holders. Miss Pakistan World has been running since 2002 and has expanded to launching Mrs. Pakistan World as well as Mr. Pakistan World.


Founding Pakistan's Pageant Industry[edit]

Founded in 2002 by Pakistani-Canadian entrepreneur Sonia Ahmed, and in its first year called "Miss Canada Pakistan[1]", the contest is held in Canada because beauty pageants are highly controversial in Pakistan and if it were held there, security for contestants would be too problematic.[2] According to Ahmed, "Pakistan's slow changing movement to liberate its women forbids such events from taking place on its soil."[3] The name of the pageant was changed to Miss Pakistan World, when contestants from around the world started applying for the title. It is the only pageant existing for single Pakistani women in the world.[4] The first Miss Pakistan World to be crowned was Zehra Sheerazi on the 1st of February 2003 in Ottawa, Canada. Sheerazi went on to represent Pakistan in Pakistan's first ever debut in international pageants, World Miss University. The winners[5] went on to represent Pakistan in international pageants as well as the contestants came from diverse backgrounds to participate.[6]

Creation of Mrs. Pakistan World and Mr. Pakistan World[edit]

In 2007, Ahmed went on to create Mrs. Pakistan World and in 2011 Mr. Pakistan World all male model competition was launched. Mr. Pakistan World and Miss Pakistan World take place together on stage and both winners are announced together.[citation needed]

First pageant in USA[edit]

In 2014, Sonia Ahmed, President of Miss Pakistan World, shifted the entire pageant and its team to base itself in New Jersey, US for the year 2014.[7] This was the first time the pageant was held out[8] of its home base in Canada. This not only attracted new local contestants from the US[9] but also got more contestants attracted from different parts of the world. In 2015 & 2016 the pageant was back in Toronto,[10] Canada.


Despite being called "Miss Pakistan World"[11] the pageant sends its delegates to the Miss Earth. Naomi Zaman marked Pakistan's debut at the third largest beauty pageant in the world in 2006 but Zehra Sheerazi was the first Miss Pakistan World to enter into an international beauty pageant, World Miss University 2003 in Korea. The first girl of mixed race, Anzhelika Tahir[12][13] was crowned Miss Pakistan World on the 31st of October, 2015. The pageant also sends its runner ups to international pageants.

Year Representative Province Host City Host Country Placement at International Pageants
2016 Ramina Ashfaque Sindh Toronto  Canada sent to Miss Earth 2017
2015 Anzhelika Tahir [14][15][16] Punjab Sent to Miss Earth World Miss University, World Super Model 2016 & Miss Supertalent 2016
2014 Aatka Feroz Punjab New York City  United States sent to Miss Asianverse 2016
2013 Shanzay Hayat[17][18][19] Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mississauga  Canada Sent to Miss Grand International Miss Earth Miss Asia Pacific World
2012 Zanib Naveed[20] Punjab Silver Medal in Trivia Challenge in Miss Earth
2011 Sanober Hussain[21] Punjab Miss Friendship
2010 Annie Rupani[22][23] Sindh Miss Diversity
2009 Ayesha Gilani[24] Punjab Unplaced in Miss Earth & Beauty of the World, Miss Tourism Queen International
2008 Natasha Paracha[25] Punjab Withdrew from Miss Earth and was replaced by Nosheen Idrees and did not compete in international pageants
2007 Mahleej Sarkari[26] Baluchistan Miss Tourism Queen International
2006 Sehr Mahmood[27] Sindh Unplaced in the Miss Earth, Miss Elegant position won in Queen of the World
2005 Naomi Zaman Punjab Debut in Miss Earth & winner of Miss Dance Queen in Miss Tourism Queen International
2004 Batool Cheema Punjab Sent to Queen of the World 2009 and Miss Friendship 2009
2003 Zehra Sheerazi Sindh Ottawa Sent to World Miss University 2013

Representatives to Miss Earth[edit]

The first representative to Miss Earth was Naomi Zaman in 2005 and since then there have been two years where Pakistan did not participate, 2007 & 2013. However, the winner of 2013 Shanzay Hayat represented Pakistan in the Miss Earth 2014 pageant held in Manila, Philippines on November 29, 2014. In 2008 Natasha Paracha, Miss Pakistan World 2008 was replaced by runner up Nosheen Idrees.

Year Representative City, Province Ranking Special Awards
2017 Ramina Ashfaque Sindh TBA TBA
2016 Anzhelika Tahir[28][29][30][31] Punjab Unplaced 1st, gold medalist(s) Talent Competition
2014 Shanzay Hayat[32] Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Unplaced 1st, gold medalist(s) Talent Competition
2012 Zanib Naveed[33][34] Punjab Unplaced 2nd, silver medalist(s) Trivia Challenge
Award for press favorite
2011 Sanober Hussain[35] Punjab Unplaced Miss Friendship
2009 Ayesha Gilani[36][37] Punjab Unplaced Top 15 Talent Finals
2008 Nosheen Idrees[37][38] Punjab Unplaced None
2006 Sehr Mahmood[37][39][40] Sindh Unplaced None
2005 Naomi Zaman[37] Punjab Unplaced None

Representatives to World Miss University[edit]

Year Representative City, Province Ranking Special Awards
2016 Anzhelika Tahir Punjab 2nd Runner-up Miss Virtue & Miss Sincerity
2007 Bushra Jamil Sindh None None
2006 Sonya Zia Punjab None None
2003 Zehra Sheerazi[41] Sindh 6th Position Peace Ambassador Award

Representatives to Other Beauty Pageants[edit]

Year Pageant Representative Province Ranking Special Awards
2016 World Miss University Iqra Kainat Sindh None Miss Friendship
2015 Charity Queen of One Power International Ramina Ashfaque Sindh None Top Ten in Talent
2012 Miss Intercultural Annie Rupani Sindh Top 3 Runner Up 2
2012 Miss Global Mariyam Khandwani Sindh None Top 10 Talent
2009 Miss Friendship Batool Cheema Punjab None None
2009 Beauty of the World Ayesha Gilani Punjab None Beauty of Asia
2008 Miss Asia International Nosheen Idrees Punjab None None
2006 Miss Internet Nida Khan Sindh None Runner Up 2 (Asia)
2006 Miss Bikini of the Universe[42] Mariyah Moten[43][44] Sindh None Best In Media/Miss Press[45]

Representatives to Miss Asia Pacific World/Miss Supertalent[edit]

Year Representative City, Province Ranking Special Awards
2016 Anzhelika Tahir Punjab Second Runner-up Best Dresser
2014 Shanzay Hayat[46][47] Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Top 15 Miss Grand Dance Award



The pageant has been criticised by Pakistani feminist Amna Buttar of the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights, who wrote in an email to the New York Times:

"In Pakistan, we are trying to get basic rights for women: right to marry, right to divorce, equal opportunity for job and education, and issues like Miss Pakistan create problems for this movement. An average Pakistani young woman does not want to wear a bikini in public, and for her it is important to have equal opportunity and all focus should be on that, and not on a pageant where only the elite can participate."[2]

Sonia Ahmed President of Miss Pakistan World defended the event as a movement to express one's rights and freedom to do as one wishes.

Pageant date coincides with Ramadan & Floods[edit]

In 2010 the pageant also fell into some controversy when it was held in the month of Ramadan as well as when the floods affected Pakistan 3 weeks prior to the event.[48][49][50][51]

Contestants in News[edit]

In 2005, one of the runner ups[42] of the Miss Pakistan World pageant, was in the news for participating in an international pageant called, Miss Bikini of the Universe.[45][52][53] Most contestants[54] who participated from around the world[55][56] were highlighted during the pageant[57] as well.[58][59] At a time when Pervez Musharraf was facing criticism from various political parties in Pakistan, one Miss Pakistan World confessed that she loved the president.[60] During the Mumbai Attacks, Miss Pakistan World[61] winners spoke about the incident and gave statements regarding the India Pakistan tension. During a CNN interview, Miss Pakistan World Natasha Paracha[62] used the word "condone" instead of "condemn" and it rolled on to become a huge controversy which dismayed many Indians.


Mrs. Pakistan World[edit]

In 2007 Mrs. Pakistan World,[63] for married women, was created as a spin-off. Both the Miss Pakistan World and the Mrs. Pakistan World pageant were created on the basis of issues faced by women in Pakistan.The pageant is running successfully since 2007.

Mr. Pakistan World[edit]

In 2011 Mr. Pakistan World, for single males of Pakistani descent.[64] The pageant has been running since 2011 and has been incorporated with the Miss Pakistan World pageant on stage.

See also[edit]


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