The uncomfortable reasons why Pakistan is going crazy over the tea seller with “dreamy eyes”
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.