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Desi Beauties, Pageant, and WTF-Raquel-video

March 31, 2010

I am working on this make-a-facebook-group-worthy plan (which means that it might fail miserably). The plan called for playing around with video editing software, and uploading test videos on Youtube. And, I might have gone a bit overboard with that.

I might need this weekend to work on that project of mine, so goodbye productivity, and high academic standing, if there was any left! A shamless plug for the Dishoom youtube channel: Let me know when I’m being an attention whore.

Anyways, OMG! Spotted! Desi on Tyra Bank’s America’s Next Top Model!  Unlike Anchal Joseph from a few years ago, this one was a Pakistani. And in a true pakikaki tradition, I made a video of it.

Ms. Nida, 18, from Texas was adorable. Even her mimicking-a-horrible-desi-accent wasn’t bad enough to make me feel any hatred towards her. Perhaps it is because she wants more Pakistani girls in her field, or atleast on Tyra’s show. I have no complaints about that at all (Oh ANTM such a guilty pleasure. The whole show is about girls bitching about each other, and then they pose for photoshoots. BRILLIANT! Some desi chicks, shrieking in thait punjabi, can make it even better, methinks). So presenting, Miss Nida.

Unfortunately, she didn’t make the shortlist of final 12. However, she was still brimming with hope even after her dreams were quashed. Oh, how charming you are, Miss Nida! (Ok, I’m now playing to the audience.)

Inner Dialogue: Am I objectifying women? I Don’t Think so.

Which brings me, briefly, to the pageants and Pakistan. Why do we find the thought of Pakistani women (our pakeezah khwateen from watan-e-pak) parading, in bikinis, in front of all the eyes of the world to be something totally unacceptable. Yet, we revel in some desi eye-candy showing some skin. We print-screen them, we save copies of jpegs, and we catch their videos of TV and put it up on youtube and feel good about ourselves (or is it JUST me?). What’s wrong with these talented women representing our great nation on the international platform?

Ahhh… perhaps, because beauty queens tend to be like Sonia Ahmed who is the organizer of Miss Pakistan (and Mrs. Pakistan) pageant (excerpt).

Idol – President Musharraf
Crush – Shoaib Akhtar

On an island you would be with – Dwayne Johnson A.K.A The Rock (wrestler)
The person you would like to meet – Musharraf again, even though I met him already!


As for the WTF video of the week, I had something else in mind. However, in order to look less of a pervert, I decided to water it down. Presenting, Madam Raquel Welch (of 10,000 B.C. fame)! I can so imagine this to be a Lollywood/Bollywood item number/random gori girl dance sequence to assert social decadence!

Inner Dialogue: Am I objectifying women? No, I don’t think so


8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2010 7:57 pm

    you make a very good point about the ogling of the foreign while we continue to cover up the local… and of course any debate on this ends at, “acha but would you let your sister/mother/wife dress like this?”

    more importantly there is the grander question of should we really be fighting for women to become objects for our sexual pleasure?

    but serious chick chick aside, whats up with the 4 second clip? loved the raquel welch one though, as well as the organizer of Ms. Pakistan. perhaps her competition, Mrs. Pakistan answers the question i posed above.

    glad to see that you retain your status for finding the most viral-some desi videos on the net 🙂

    • April 3, 2010 6:33 pm

      Nah, It wasn’t anything deep, with respect to the pageants, it was just not-a-well-thought-of comment in a general useless entry.

      As for the 4 second video, it was just a homage to my adopted state in US (which has a humongous desi white collar diaspora as well). We do have some areas which look like mini-Southalls). There was this indie indian movie set in New Jersey, with a lot of stereotypes that I notice all the time.. and usually i dont like these desi amreeki movies..

  2. April 3, 2010 6:41 pm

    As for the pageants, I don’t really have any opinion about them, good or bad. I went from a phase of watching them intently, to being disgusted by the fakeness of it all. Now i’m oblivious to the whole charade. And if Ma’am Sonia think that it might change the world for the better, with miss and missus pakistan, being a positive change agents to counter the closeminded-taliban-loving-pakistanis, then good luck to her! 🙂

  3. April 20, 2010 5:09 am

    Holy shit. Nida is hot. There, i did my daily activity of building people to people contact.

    • April 20, 2010 7:19 am

      EXACTLY! That’s why I was saddened by her exit! Especially with the first photoshoot was the nude photoshoot! Haye Haye!

      • April 20, 2010 7:33 am

        WTF really?! What a bummer. The only other Nida i know is Rasheed.

  4. November 24, 2010 5:03 pm

    the best beauty queens are coming from south america, i really love latinas ,-*

  5. 75kamran permalink
    May 27, 2011 8:27 pm

    very bad….. girl

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