What Cannes Taught Mahira Khan

Glossy images, media coverage, and fashion critique is what strikes most of our minds when we talk about the Cannes Film Festival or well, any other international red carpet. While all of that is a major part of the show the importance it receives tends to overshadow the real essence of the festival which is the appreciation of talent from all over the world. Pakistani superstar, Mahira Khan recently attended the 71st Cannes Film Festival as the Pakistani brand ambassador L’Oreal Paris. The actress shared the red carpet with other ambassadors for the brand including some of the most celebrated female celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachan, and Jane Fonda.

While the world swooned over the star’s breathtaking looks from the event and remained busy in outfit comparisons Mahira Khan is coming home with a much greater lesson. Mahira took to her Instagram to pen-down all that she has taken away from her experience.

Oh Cannes you have a piece of my heart! Thank you for taking us in with open arms, you were warm and generous. I wish I could pen down my entire experience but that’ll be a long love letter for another time. However there are a few things I want to relay to all of you. As I sat in the car on my way to the airport I realised that I felt more empowered than ever before. And the reason was because of the amazing women that I met over the last three days. All these talented women had one thing in common – they lifted each other up. They were supportive and kind. They had each other’s backs. And that is the only (if any) key to success. It is empowering to sit with women and speak about the lines under your eyes or how fast your children are growing up. It’s a relief when it is your first time on the red carpet with hundreds of people photographing you, to get a ‘you’ve got this’ from the girl whose done this like a dream so many times. It was even more amazing to get all these lovely msgs from my industry back home. And the best family and friends one could ask for. Aah and my fan family, how I love thee! We are nothing alone, and that is something life keeps teaching me time and again. My @seherhafeez I love you. @amarfaiz for giving it your all. @shakeelbinafzal for keeping up with the insanity and @manekaharisinghani for being there always💞 Loreal Pakistan 🇵🇰, we did it! Thank you loreal Paris for having us.. can’t wait to see you again! À bientôt, Love love love X #lorealparis #lorealcannes #lorealpkatcannes #cannes2018 Ramzan Mubarak to all✨🌙 📸 by @happymonday 💞

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The “Bin Roye” star said that she is coming home feeling even more empowered than before and it is all because of the great women she met who not only showed her massive support but also uplifted her spirits. Prior to landing at Cannes the “Humsafar” actress received a heartfelt message from Sonam Kapoor in which Sonam showed eagerness to meet Mahira and said she couldn’t “wait to hang out” with the Pakistani beauty. And pleasantly, the B town beauty stuck to her words and we got to see the cutest picture of her hugging Mahira Khan.


It was not only Sonam who received Mahira well but also the former miss world Aishwarya Rai Bachan who gave our Pakistani superstar “the warmest hug anyone has given in a long time.” Mahira said that she thoroughly enjoyed meeting Aishwarya and had a great talk with her about their kids. The star also attended a session related to women empowerment where eminent females from around the world shared their stories, accompanying Mahira was the Victoria’s Secret supermodel Doutzen Kroes. When Mahira posted a picture on her Instagram from the event, Doutzen was kind enough to not only acknowledge it but also left a comment thanking Mahira for sharing her story.

It is wonderful to see the positive attitude of renowned women towards each other as lifting up other females instead of pulling them down is truly the way to strength and empowerment. And as Beyonce puts it, who runs the world? GIRLS!


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