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This girl is Pakistan’s first beauty influencer with down syndrome


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10th Mar, 2021. 09:04 pm
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A 16-year-old girl Ridda Zahra Naqvi is Pakistan’s first beauty influencer with down syndrome and has proved that an extra chromosome can not stop anybody from achieving their goals.

Ridda got immense fame after her sister Alina shared her first makeup tutorial video on Instagram in February 2021. Her video went viral in no time which has received almost 12,000 comments, nearly 75,000 likes, and about 800,000 views.

 

 

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Her video was applauded by Pakistani celebrities including Zara Noor Abbas, Ayesha Omar, and Sana Javed.

During an interview, the beauty influencer told a news outlet,

“I enjoy the comments the most. They make me really happy.”

Within few days, her Instagram followers rose to over 40,000. Ridda’s sister Alina Naqvi, who manages her Instagram, described the response as a “welcome surprise.”

 

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“I am really happy to see Pakistan’s response because we did not expect it,” Alina told the news outlet. “As we saw the video go viral, we wondered what was happening! This is because people in Pakistan do not usually look at special needs children like this.”

After getting a positive response from the social media users, Alina told, her sister Ridda was motivated to make more videos.

“This is the first time she’s done this,” she continued. “We are really happy to get so much appreciation from people and the media.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome.

Ridda’s mother Farah Naqvi told the news outlet,

“I am so proud of her. It feels like there is a lot of appreciation for her talent and how she carries herself. Members from Down syndrome communities in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad have been reaching out as well to tell us how happy they are.”

 

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Ridda said she loves being a makeup artist, however, she also wants to try her expertise in different professions.

“I like making videos a lot and being a makeup artist,” she said, “but I also plan to be a photographer and go into teaching as well.”

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