Pakistani carpenter becomes a ‘model’ in Saudi Arabia after viral post

“I came to Saudi Arabia four years ago to work as a carpenter. And, I never thought of becoming a model in advertising,” Waqas said in an interview to a media outlet.

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A Pakistani carpenter becomes a model in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad Waqas, a 24-year-old Pakistani carpenter working in Saudi Arabia became a model after a viral post.

A company in Saudi Arabia offered him a contract after his picture went viral on social media. Waqas has been working in the Kingdom for the past four years. He said he always wanted to become a model. But he did not get this opportunity in Pakistan.

“I came to Saudi Arabia four years ago to work as a carpenter. And, I never thought of becoming a model in advertising,” Waqas said in an interview to a media outlet.

Pakistani carpenter becomes a model

A social media post from his friend brought him luck. “One day I saw my friend [Faisal] editing the photos of a photo session. I told him that since childhood I have wanted to work in this field but in Pakistan, I did not get the chance, so my friend suggested and took a picture of me and sent it to the relevant person,” he added.

In a Twitter post, shared on July 1, a user named Tamimi shared his edited photos. In a tweet he said, agencies looking for a model to get in contact with him. “Brands who want this handsome man to model for them, contact me,” @tamimi1_1 wrote. His tweet garnered 33K likes.

Waqas grabbed his first modelling contract. Waqas had his initial contract with a Saudi Arabia-based vest making company.

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Following the completion of his first modelling project, Waqas updated his Twitter and Instagram accounts with his pictures. He also shared the images from his first modelling assignment for a vest making company on his social media.

Waqas currently has 19,300 followers on his Twitter account already. Muhammad Waqas is another skilled labourer to rose to fame after a single social media viral post.

Chai-wala: Arshad Khan

Earlier, in 2016, a tea-seller, Arshad Khan in Islamabad rose to sudden fame and success after a photographer shared his image on social media. Thousands of Twitter users swooned over his piercing eyes. #ChaiWala began trending across social media.

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Days later, Mr. Khan shot his first modeling campaign. Fitin.pk, an online shopping site based in Islamabad, rushed to sign Mr. Khan up and is already using pictures of him modelling menswear.

A message on its website and Facebook page read: “Chai Wala is not more chai wala now he is fashion wala!”.In his interview, Arshad Khan said his family had lived in Islamabad for 25 years. He had never heard about social media applications on Twitter and Instagram. When asked about fame, he said, “Yes, I am aware of my newly found fame and I am incredibly happy.



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