Sultan Hasib marked Afghanistan’s debut at international modelling competition – Mister Model Worldwide and went onto secure the highest placement from the South Asian subcontinent. He is regarded as one of the most handsome and best looking men ever to walk the runway at Mister Model Worldwide competition. This very charming gentleman from the city of Kabul has come a long way from being a finance executive to becoming a model to creating history as the first model from Afghanistan to walk the runway at the first and biggest international modelling competition based in South Asia – Mister Model Worldwide.
In this exclusive interview, he talks about his journey to the title and how he prepared himself for the big event.
Q. First of all, many congratulations on winning Mr. Model Worldwide 2019 (Runner-up) title. How do you feel about that?
Sultan Hasib: Thank you so much. It indeed feels great to hold this prestigious title. I feel extremely honoured and humbled that I won the runner-up title at such a big international modelling event. I would like to thank each and every person who supported me in this beautiful journey. It is because of all the support I received from my supporters and well-wishers helped me succeed.
Q. What was your reaction when your name was announced at the world finale of the pageant held in New Delhi, India?
Sultan Hasib: I was very surprised when my name was announced at the world finale of the pageant. I was very confident and was determined to give my best and when my name was announced, I felt all my hard work paid off. When I landed in India for Mister Model Worldwide 2019 contest, there was only one thing in my mind that I had to give my best and make my nation proud. Winning or losing is part of every competition, the thing matters more than that is the journey that you cover and how you make the most of it. I was determined to give my best and I gave my best.
Q. What was memorable moment for you from the Mr. Model Worldwide 2019 contest?
Sultan Hasib: It is very difficult to pick one as the entire journey that was covered from the day I landed in India for the competition to the world finale was so special. I cannot say if there was any one memorable moment that I would love to look back, rather, when I look back, all the days I spent in India seem so special that it brings a big smile on my face.
Q. You were the very first delegate from Afghanistan to compete at Mr. Model Worldwide competition and you secured the highest placement from the South Asian region at the event. What would you like to say about that?
Sultan Hasib: I feel extremely honoured and blessed that I got the opportunity to do something for my country. When I look back at all those moments, I feel truly blessed for this wonderful opportunity that helped me making my nation proud and shine internationally.
Q. How did you prepare for Mr. Model Worldwide competition?
Sultan Hasib: I started preparing for the event months prior to the final dates of the pageant were revealed. I wanted to give my best and working hard every day was the only way to do that. I focused on all the aspects that could help me stand out in the crowd. I started working on my runway skills, presentation skills, fitness and communication skills. I wanted to represent my nation in the best possible way and I believe I did that.
Q. Who or what has been your biggest support in life?
Sultan Hasib: My family and all my well-wishers whom I have met or haven’t met. Thank you being with me.
Q. Who is your inspiration or role model?
Sultan Hasib: I really don’t have any one person whom I look up to. I try to take inspiration from little things in life. Our lives are so colourful and filled with different components that in some way or the other they act as a source of inspiration. It depends on you how you analyse things.
Lastly, any message for your supporters and well-wishers.
Sultan Hasib: Thank you so much everyone for being with and supporting me. A very special thanks to the almighty Allah for being with me always and giving the strength to stay strong in different situations of life. Lastly, I would like to thank the entire team of Mister Model Worldwide and Sandeep Kumar for being such an amazing host and friend.