Arshad Khan, a Pakistani chai wala (“tea seller”) has landed a modeling contract after his pictures blew up on Instagram
A blue-eyed tea seller became an overnight celebrity in Pakistan after a photo capturing his alluring gaze went viral on social media last week. The photo has already landed 18-year-old Arshad Khan a modelling contract. Yet many commentators say that the buzz around the teen’s good looks should start an uncomfortable conversation about Pakistan’s continuing class divisions.
Arshad Khan had spent the last three months selling tea in a market in Islamabad before fame unexpectedly found him. Khan never attended school, and nothing indicated that one day he would become a household name across Pakistan. But in 2016, social media and a little luck can go a long way. A striking Instagram photo made Khan a star thanks to the way it captures his "dreamy", piercing blue eyes and direct gaze.
Since October 30, the photo has been liked by more than 30,500 people, and more than 3,100 people have left comments. Khan's rags-to-riches story has captivated the internet and filled the pages of newspapers both in Pakistan and around the world.
The photo has been widely shared on Facebook and Twitter:
In what’s probably the most impressive level-up we’ve seen this year, Arshad Khan, a Pakistani chai wala (“tea seller”) has landed a modeling contract after his pictures blew up on Instagram.