Maleesha Kharwa, 14-Year-Old “Princess From The Slum” Becomes Face Of Luxury Beauty Brand

    Watch: Maleesha Kharwa, 14-Year-Old 'Princess From The Slum' Becomes Face Of Luxury Beauty Brand

    The 14-year-old enjoys over 225,000 followers on Instagram.

    14-year-old Maleesha Kharwa, who hails from Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum, has become the face of luxury beauty brand Forest Essentials’ new campaign ‘The Yuvati Collection’. 

    Maleesha was discovered in Mumbai in 2020 by Hollywood actor Robert Hoffman, who later set up a Go Fund Me page for the girl. Today, the 14-year-old enjoys over 225,000 followers on Instagram and often adds the hashtag #princessfromtheslum to her posts. In recent years, she has done multiple modelling gigs, the latest one being with Forest Essentials, which is one of the most instantly recognisable names in the luxury Ayurveda industry. 

    In April, the brand shared a wholesome video on Instagram that showed Maleesha entering their store which had her campaign photos. “Her face lit up with pure delight, To see her dreams in front of her in sight. Maleesha’s story is a beautiful reminder that dreams really do come true. #BecauseYourDreamsMatter,” Forest Essentials wrote in the caption. 

    Watch the video below: 

    The video soon took the internet by storm and accumulated more than 5 million views and over 406,000 likes. Internet users praised Maleesha and congratulated her for the amazing feat. 

    “It’s wonderful watch her savor her success!!! Blessings and much more success in future for her!” wrote one user. “So happy to see this , and applause fr the brand.. in our country dusky girls were never considered to promote beauty brands, nw time has changed… she’s so beautiful,” said another. 

    A third user commented, “Wow. So much positivity in here. Also her smile is beautiful”. A fourth added, “Now this is a face every common man will relate to ,a much needed change”. 

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    Meanwhile, in an interview with Vogue India, Mira Kulkarni, the founder and chief managing director of Forest Essentials, said, “Through our Yuvati collection, we are not only supporting Maleesha’s dreams but also contributing to Project Paathshala to empower young minds.”

    “While Maleesha is the face of this campaign, what Forest Essentials is bringing to the forefront is the idea of dreams. The undercurrent here is that no matter where you come from, how big or small your dream is, dreams are for everyone, and all dreams matter,” she added.

    Separately, Maleesha said that her campaign with Forest Essentials is her “biggest job till date”. “I want to be a model, but education will always come first for me,” she added. 

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