Vaneeza Ahmed Ali
24 June 1971
|Height||168 cm (5 ft 6 in)|
Vaneeza Ahmad or Vaneeza Ahmed (Urdu: ونیزہ احمد; born 24 June 1971) is a Pakistani model and actress, and occasional singer. As a model she has seen success as the face of some of the leading brands in Pakistan, and is the first Pakistani model to walk the ramps for famous international designers such as Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.
Vaneeza Ahmad was born into a Muslim family in Murree, Pakistan, and later moved to Germany with her parents to study. Ahmad reportedly said to news media that when she was a youngster, the college students those days mostly had three career options – medicine, engineering or teaching. Modelling as a career was not an option for girls back then. Ahmad returned to Pakistan at the age of 18 to attend the Kinnaird College liberal arts university in Lahore and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
While at University, Ahmad started to model casually. Although not much interested in modelling as a career option, she received offers from various fashion designers, some of whom were notable in the Pakistani fashion industry including the likes of fashion designer Nilofer Shahid.
Modelling as a career
When designer Nilofer Shahid approached Ahmad, she was unsure of which career to pursue and settled for fashion modeling. Her initial walks at fashion shows led fashion critics to praise her elegance on the cat-walk. In dealings with corporate heads of the entertainment industry, her business acumen was similarly praised.
Vaneeza, the brand
Ahmad conceived the brand name Vlawn for her range of lawn fabrics. The collection consisted of nine different lawn prints created by designers that included Nomi Ansari, Umar Sayeed and Hassan Sheheryar Yasin. In March 2006, the collection sold-out in a series of exhibitions. In 2011, she continued with her "VLawn" brand of women's lawn suits.
Acting and acclaim
Ahmad made her acting debut in Jamal Shah's controversial saga Kal and has since acted in Marina Khan's Tum Hi Tau Ho, Janey Anjaney and Tum Say Mil Ker; Armaan; Khayal; and Talaash (Pakistani TV series). She played the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia in Jamil Dehlavi's 1998 biographical film, Jinnah.
On 16 April 2008, Vaneeza Ahmad was selected as one of the Olympic torch bearers when the torch arrived in Islamabad. She was one of the few selected celebrities to hold the torch in the relay out of the chosen 66.
|1998 film||Jinnah||as Dina Jinnah|||
- Tum Se Mil Kar | (PTV)
- (2000) | Tum Hi Tou Ho | (PTV)
- (2002) | Tere Siwa | (PTV and AAJ TV)
- (2002) | Phir Youn Love Hua | (Indus Vsion, PTV and AAJ TV)
- (2002) | Sirf Tumhare Liye | (PTV)
- Suraj Girhan | (PTV and AAJ TV)
- Zangeer | (PTV)
- Zanjeer | (PTV)
- (2001) | Chehrey | (PTV)
- Armaan| Nida
- Aisa Bhi Hota Hai | (PTV Home)
- (2004) | Batain Dil Ki | PTV
- (2006–14) | Criminal Minds: Beyond Boundaries | Agent Vinnie | (Seasons 1–9) | (ARY Digital, The Musik, CBS and Star World India)
- (N/A) | Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders | CBS
- Jaane Anjaane | (PTV)
- Jannat | (PTV Home)
- (2008) | Khamoshyan | (Hum TV)
- (2008) | Marina Mornings | (ARY Digital TV show)
- (2008) | Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai | (TVOne Pakistan)
- (2009) | Nestle Nido Young Stars
- Na Jaane Keya Ho Gaya | (PTV)
- (2005) | 1st Indus Drama Awards | (Indus TV)
- (2006) | Na Tum Apnay Na Dil Mera | (ARY Digital) | Telefilm
- (2006) | Pyar Ho Jaane Do | (TVOne Pakistan)
- (2007) | Lux Style Awards
- (2010) | No Reservations | (Dawn News TV show)
- (2010) | Nadia Hussain Lounge | (AKS TV TV show)
- (2011) | Jago Pakistan Jago | (Hum TV TV show)
- (2011) | Morning with Hum | (Hum TV TV show)
- (2011) | Spotlight | (TVOne Pakistan TV Show)
- (2011) | Aks | (Express News TV show)
- (2011) | E-Tech | (Express News TV show)
- (2011) | The Sahir Show | (Geo TV TV show)
- (2011) | The Morning Show | (Express 24/7 TV show)
- (2013) | Without Shepherds | Self
- (2014) | Veet Miss Supermodel | (Hum Sitaray and Hum TV)
- (2014) | Morning With Juggun| (PTV Home TV show)
- (2014–18) | Mazaaq Raat | (Dunya TV TV show)
- (2014) | 2nd Hum Awards | (Hum TV)
- (2014–18) | Tonite with HSY | (Hum Sitaray and Hum TV)
- (2015) | Weekend World | (PTV World)
- (2015) | Good Morning Pakistan | (ARY Digital)
- (2015) | The Celebrity Lounge | (PTV Home)
- (2016) | Mehmaan Nawaaz | Episode 19 | (See TV)
- (2016) | Ek Naya Subah With Farah Hussain | (A-Plus TV)
- (2016) | Samaa Kay Mehmaan| (Samaa TV)
- (2016) | Sunrise From Istanbul | (See TV)
- (2016) | 10 Years of Masala | Hum Masala
- (2016) | Eidi Sab Ke Liye | ARY Zindagi
- (2017) | Pakistan Ke Liye Geo | (Geo TV)
- (2017) | The Morning Show | (ARY News)
- (2017) | Breaking Weekend | (ARY Zindagi TV show)
- (2016-17) | Salam Zindagi | (ARY Zindagi)
- (2017) | Pond's Miracle Journey
- (2018) | The After Moon Show | (Hum TV)
- (2018–19) | Marham | Tajwar | (BOL Network)
- (2019) | Breakfeast @ Home | (PTV Home)
- (2019) | Star Iftar | (Urdu1 TV show)
- (2019) | G Kay Sang | (GNN)
- (2019–20) | Ehd-e-Wafa | Faryal | Saad's Mother | (Hum Pashto 1, PTV Home and Hum TV)
- (2020) | Rising Pakistan | (PTV Home)
- (2021) | 16 Years LIVE Telebrations | Hum TV
- (2021) | Hum Women Leaders Award | Hum TV
- (2021) | GMP Shan-e-Suhoor | (ARY Digital TV show)
- (2021) | Girlee Talks With Huma
- (N/A) | NCIS: Los Angeles | CBS
- (N/A) | S.W.A.T. | CBS
- (1996) | "Aisa Asar Dekhai Ke Bahar Bhi Dhoke Khai | Tibet Snow
- (1997) | "Kyun Ke Yeh Dil Ka Mamla Hai" | Habib Oil
- Sab Say Ghara Doodh | Haleeb Milk
- Pepsi Diet | Pepsi
- Head & Shoulders
- (2001) | "Express Yourself" | Instaphone
- Lipton by Unilever
- (2006) | "Ramzan Mubarak" | Olpers
- (2006) | "50 Years" | LUX by Unilever
- (2007) | Brings People Closer | Indigo by Jazz Pakistan
- (2007) | Subah Bakhair Zindagi | Olpers
- (2008) Sunsilk by Unilever
- (2009) Dettol
- (2010) | "Ghee" | Kissan Oil
- (2011) | "Prints" | V Lawn
- (2016) | "Ghizayat Bhara Har Ghoont" | Olpers
- (2020) | "Khulay To Dil Khulay" | Coca-Cola
|"Na Re Na"||Ali Azmat||2003|
Awards and Nominations
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- Muhammad Asadullah (11 March 2020). "The undisputed supermodel – Vaneeza Ahmed, Pakistani model turned actress, speaks exclusively about her two-decade long journey and career". Gulf Times (newspaper). Retrieved 17 June 2020.
- Amber Liaqat (9 February 2017). "All I see in models now are nakhray: Vaneeza Ahmed". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- Sheharyar Rizwan (8 February 2015). "Vaneeza Ahmad: Beauty and brains". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- Maliha Rehman (2 November 2014). "In Fashion: The affair of the 'Supermodel'". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- "Page 3 Bollywood: Vaneeza Ahmad". WordPress. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- "Vaneeza: Biography". Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- "Sports Update: Pakistan torch bearers for Olympics named". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- "Olympic torch comes to Pakistan after 44 years". All Things Pakistan website. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- Hani Taha (12 May 2012). "Vaneeza Ahmed: Of nap times and nappy changes". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 16 June 2020.
- Irfan-ul-Haq (19 September 2019). "Vaneeza Ahmed is playing Ahad Raza Mir's mother in Ehd-e-Wafa". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 16 June 2020.