Maleesha Kharwa, A 14-Year-Old Girl From Mumbai Slum Becomes Face Of International Beauty Brand

A teenage girl from Mumbai's slums, Maleesha Kharwa became the face of the international beauty brand, Forest Essentials.


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Maleesha Kharwa, A 14-Year-Old Girl From Mumbai Slum Becomes Face Of International Beauty Brand

Maleesha Kharwa, a 14-year-old girl from Mumbai slum has become the face of the renowned international beauty brand, Forest Essentials. She proved that if a person decides to reach the heights, no one can stop them from achieving success in life. Her journey is a testament to the power of talent, opportunity, and unwavering perseverance. For the unversed, Maleesha is an aspiring model, actor and dancer, and now she got selected as the face of Forest Essentials' new campaign, Yuvati Selection. From being raised in a slum, where poverty and limited access to basic necessities were a part of everyday life, to becoming the face of the prestigious beauty brand, Maleesha has come a long way.

A 14-year-old girl, Maleesha Kharwa from Bandra slum becomes the face of the popular beauty brand, Forest Essentials

A few days ago, the popular international beauty brand, Forest Essentials launched their new campaign, Yuvati Selection. It is a social initiative that aims to provide children from underprivileged backgrounds with access to education and awareness. However, it is the new face of the brand that has been gaining a lot of attention. Well, a few days ago, the official Instagram handle of the brand dropped a video from their event, 'Because Your Dreams Matter'. The video started with the introduction of the brand's face, Maleesha Kharwa, a 14-year-old girl from Mumbai's Dharavi slum. The video was captioned as:

"Amidst the fragrant spring blooms and the magic of the evening, we gathered to celebrate the power of dreams and resilience. As Maleesha's spirit soared, we were reminded that no dream is too big, and every journey is worth taking."

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To watch the video, click here.

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In the video, the social media influencer and the brand's face, Maleesha looked happy and confident. She can be seen clicking pictures with the guests and celebrities who were present at the event. For her special day, she looked beautiful in a pink-coloured floral-printed dress that featured ruffle detail on the neckline. She ditched accessories and makeup and completed her look with flats and open tresses.

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Maleesha on becoming the face of the renowned beauty brand

In an interview with Vogue, Maleesha had opened up about becoming the face of the new campaign of Forest Essentials. Talking about the same, the model and dancer expressed her happiness about achieving such a milestone in her life. She mentioned that this is the biggest job of her life and it changed her life for good. In her words:

"This is my biggest job till date, and it has changed my life so much. I want to be a model, but education will always come first for me."

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Who is Maleesha Kharwa?

Maleesha Kharwa is a 14-year-old girl from the slums of Mumbai. She was discovered in Mumbai in 2020 by Hollywood actor, Robert Hoffman, who later set up a 'Go Fund Me' page for her. Back to the present day, Maleesha has over 2.5 lakhs followers on Instagram. Moreover, she proudly calls herself, 'Princess of the Slum.' Being an aspiring model and actor, she has even worked in a short film, Live Your Fairytale.


For the unversed, it was in March 2023, when the IG handle of Forest Essentials unraveled the new face of their campaign, Yuvati. The brand dropped a video of Maleesha, which contains a montage of several clips. In the video, she looked happy, joyous and confident and reflected the true spirit of the brand's new campaign, Yuvati. Along with the video, the brand introduced Maleesha and wrote:

"Meet @maleeshakharwa A Dreamer. A Pathbreaker. A Yuvati."

To watch the video, click here.


Congratulations, Maleesha!

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