British Pakistani showbiz reporter Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and puts it together annually, told this scribe: “Mahira Khan has become a powerful symbol of girl power in Pakistan, both for youngsters who have big dreams and for working mothers.
She has also spoken up about important social causes including the empowerment of women in Pakistan and has been a great ambassador for her country around the world.
“Honestly, this time I think I’m just going to take the tag and run with it! Being sexy or beautiful for me is really just being comfortable in your own skin,” said Mahira Khan.
Being ranked fifth and the highest placed Pakistani took the down to earth star totally by surprise, said the star while giving her reaction to the magazine.
Last year’s winner Deepika Padukone came in third, the crown princess of Bollywood Alia Bhatt was fourth and popular Pakistani star Mahira Khan was fifth in the list.
Singer Momina Mustehsan makes it to the list as an influential artist.
I also wrote an over-the-top intro, trusting that the outrageous headline (Anything putting "hottest" near "sex offenders," I thought, would clearly show over-the-topness) would indicate this was fully intended to shock.
That's why I made the conscious decision to include the victims' ages: To show that "normal-looking" people, people you could pass any day on the street -- or who you might think are "hot" -- are capable of monstrous things. “This kind of thinking that female sex offenders are harmless seductresses rather than predators or perpetrators can set us back decades,” said Torie Camp, deputy director the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA).