Malala's Oscar dress steals the spotlight

Noor Fatima 11:32 PM | 13 Mar, 2023
Malala's Oscar dress steals the spotlight
Source: Malala (Instagram)

The most anticipated, celebrated and coveted award show of cinema, the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, became the centre of attention in Pakistan ever since Saim Sadiq’s Joyland was shortlisted as the official submission.

Although Sadiq’s directorial couldn’t make it to the final list of nominations, other Pakistanis have made the nation proud in one way or the other. The youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, whose sartorial choice is all the buzz right now, stole the attention with her custom dress.

Now, why would Yousafzai, an education activist, be attending the biggest event of Hollywood? Because the 25-year-old has ventured into film production and had her movie nominated in the Best Documentary Short Film category. The 29-minute-long film, Stranger At The Gate, revolved around a former US Marine who goes to war and is deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marking her Oscar debut in a dazzling silver sequined Ralph Lauren gown. Yousafzai gave a desi touch to the custom haute-couture with an attached headscarf. With long sleeves and a cinched detail on one side of the waist, Yousafzai’s dress was everything a lady could ask for. However, her accessories were the highlight.

Yousafzai opted for pendant earrings in platinum, which belonged to and were worn by Queen Soraya Tarzi in the 1930s. She was a champion of change in Afghanistan and minister of education who actively worked to educate and liberate Afghan women. She wore a 19th-century navette diamond ring and a stunning ring of antique carved emerald and diamond, expertly made in India and Green for Pakistan.

She wore minimal makeup and complemented her look with a light red lip. The activist with her striking dress on the champagne red carpet had everyone gasping in awe.

To compliment his darling wife, Yousafzai’s husband, Asser Malik, donned a dark tuxedo, white shirt, bow tie and black loafers.

Taking the best husband's award, Malik made sure that his beautiful wife doesn't trip and held her dress for her.

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Taking to Instagram, Malala emphasized that she wanted her dress to represent the message of her short film Stranger At The Gate. 

“It was all a dream. I wanted my dress to represent the message of our film @strangeratthegate and embody hope. Thank you so much to the brilliant team that helped bring my vision to life. I was proud to represent this amazing documentary with the director @jrseftel, producer Conall Jones and the film’s inspiring subjects Bibi and Mac. And, as always, I was delighted to spend the night with my husband @asser.malik, looking handsome as ever in his tux,” she wrote.

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Yousafzai also met Hollywood stars including "royalty" Rihanna, iconic actor Harrison Ford and Salma Hayek.

In addition to her philanthropic work, Yousafzai is now involved in film production which highlights the importance of education and social justice.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 6, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 06, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 304.9 308.15
Euro EUR 322 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 377 381
U.A.E Dirham AED 83.5 84.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 80.5 81.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.82 766.80
Canadian Dollar CAD 226 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.03 41.43
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.2 934.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.37
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 7, 2023

Gold Rate Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 228,900 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125

Daily Pakistan diligently monitors and updates the current gold rates in Pakistan on a daily basis


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