I do not shy away from being myself, says Mehreen
Mehreen Raheel is the daughter of a seasoned television actress Seemi Raheel. So showbiz was nothing out of the world to her from the very beginning. But she made her way into the spotlight through her sheer determination and hard work.
She certainly does have a lot to beam about, especially with all the praise coming her way ever since she has joined mainstream showbiz. Today we can see her on every second billboard we come across, be it Lipton, any designer label, Sooper Biscuits or Telenor Pakistan advertisements. She has featured in ads, dramas and shows. She has earned herself fame and respect in this field.
What actually prompted you to get into modelling?
I was at the right place at the right time.
My first shoot turned out better than expected. To my surprise, the photographer gave them in a magazine. That was how I started out as a model. Since then it has been a great journey.
What is the difference between Mehreen as a person and Mehreen as a model?
Mehreen is someone who would be found in her pyjamas loitering around at home when not working. At work I am a performer and to me my role is my challenge. But one thing we have in common is that I do not shy away from being myself.
How would you describe modelling?
It's like any other profession. But it's a bit glamorous.
What do you think about the overall modelling scene of Pakistan?
To me it has been an incredible journey. The scene has improved immensely over the years. There is still a lot of room for improvement.
Do you like being recognised on the streets?
Yes its nice to be noticed.
How important is media for a model?
I think modelling is all about being in the media and media can make or break one's image, so its very important but at the same time media should not only focus on a handful of models, rather everyone should be given proper exposure.
Do you think that in modelling a newcomer has to face numerous problems?
Yes.But it happens in every profession. I guess I was lucky, for I really did not face many problems. The photographers and the media related people are a little apprehensive to work with new people in general as they are not aware of them properly.
What qualities are important for a good model?
Modelling is not all about good looks alone. A model should be punctual and must have a professional attitude.
What is the recent project that you have done?
These days I am doing a talk show for a local television channel.
In a male dominated society do you think your rights are protected?
We have come a long way as far as awareness of women's rights is concerned. But still we have a long way to go.
What are your aims and objectives?
To be a good human being and earn a good name for my family and my country.
What is your motto in life?
Live and let others live.
What is your idea of life?
Life is about ups and downs. What is important is how one copes with them. I like to stay optimistic about anything I do and that's how I go about it.