Not here to be judged on looks: Momina Mustehsan

After making her debut in Coke Studio season 9 with Afreen Afreen, Momina Mustehsan became an overnight sensation, with people going gaga over her looks and personality.

Turns out, the singing sensation doesn’t like the unnecessary attention she gets on her physical appearance instead of her singing skills, she tells BBC Urdu in a live Facebook chat.

Momina revealed that she didn’t feel good about it. “I didn’t really like it initially, and I still don’t like it, but I have learned to filter it out. It’s because I’m not here to be judged on this,” she said.

The singer revealed she didn’t feel good at all the hype about her personality.

“I mean I’m not an actor or a model, nor do I claim to be one, but it didn’t feel all that great. But this is what comes with the whole package. I kind of knew it was going to happen so I stayed away from the camera for so long, even though I had an original song before and I’d sung for Bollywood in the past.”

Momina thinks that men and women both face objectification and this phenomenon is not specific to Pakistan but happens around the world.

“I think this is everywhere. It’s not about being judged on what you bring to the table, instead, they judge you for everything. That is a problem — even for men that is an issue, but more with women than men,” she said.

Momina revealed she doesn’t have any plans for an acting career. “I don’t think so. I had a lot of people offer me a lot of wonderful roles, and I’m very honoured, but I don’t think I can do it, I’m just not cut out for it, I guess,” she said.



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