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    Shajar Khan, Miss International South Africa 2013; has represented South Africa at the Miss International 2013 pageant, which took place in Chicago, 23 – 27 July 2013.
    Upon entering Miss International South Africa 2013, Shajar sought to be an ambassador, someone who can make a difference in the world, and more importantly our country.
    Shajar’s platform is to create public awareness of illiteracy among underprivileged and orphaned youth, with the impact thereof on themselves and the community - A platform that embodies “pro-literacy”, which is exercised by hosting fundraisers and activities for existing education programmes, which reach out and empower our youth through means of:

    • Emotional support
    • Financial support
    • Mental support
    • Education
    • Entrepreneurship programs
    • Providing a caring and nursing environment which will facilitate them to have a brighter future
    Shajar was crowned Miss India Gauteng 2011, where she went on to represent Gauteng at the Miss India South Africa 2011, she was then placed in the top 5 and was crowned The Avant Garde Face/Most Beautiful Face of Miss India SA 2011. In February 2012, Shajar was crowned Miss Impressions, and went on to be an ambassador for Impressions Magazine, which is distributed throughout South Africa; it features topics such as Youth development, health, beauty, latest celebrity insights. During her reign, she had the responsibility of writing an article every alternate month for the magazine; articles ranged from topics such as: youth development, confidence and subjects that revolved around inspiring and uplifting our youth. Miss International South Africa 2013 Page 4 Wanting to achieve more and strive for greatness, Shajar then competed in the Miss India SA International 2012, and was crowned Miss India SA International Poise model of the year 2012. In addition, Shajar was the youngest Legend Award Recipient in 2012.
    Modeling since the age of 13, Shajar has made a name for herself in the industry;
    • Modeled for Lakme Fashion Week Designers: Babita M, Shama Sikander, Rubina Dalaik and Sunita Nagi
    • One of the faces/models for leading South Africa brand Sorbet - Beauty Professionals "Dry bar"
    • Modeled for Paul James Hair Salon, L’Oreal Hair Colour Paris, and TIGI hair
    • Magazines features include:
      - People Magazine February 2012: Five page, Fashion Feature spread
      - The Get It Magazine - Johannesburg February 2012: Cover Page and Interview
      - SuperBike SA 2013
      - Impressions Magazine (5 Editions)
      - Various Newspapers, which include the front page of the Sunday Times Extra and articles in Die Beeld.
      - Maxim Magazine November 2013
      - DisChem Magazine – Summer Edition 2013
      - Grazia Magazine - November 2013
      - Glamour Magazine 2014
      - Cosmopolitan Magazine: Interview - February 2014
      - People Magazine February 2014: Fashion and Beauty Feature
      - City Press Newspaper – Business Section
    • Ambassador of Asiana Bridal Magazine South Africa 2013
    • Ambassador and Face of Ralo Cosmetics
    • Modeled for Legit Fashion Launch - featuring Toya Delazy and DJ Zinhle
    • Television extra on a local TV shows (intersexions).
    • Hosted several shows on Star TV which is the Indian Bouquet on TOP TV

    • Radio station interviews:
      - Lotus FM
      - East wave Radio
      - Lenz FM
      - Radio Helderberg
      - BBC Africa
  • On a Professional Note

    Shajar is currently a student at the University of Johannesburg, where she has completed Psychology in 2012. Shajar is now completing a Human Resource Management Degree. Apart from studying, she is employed at Ralo Cosmetics, previously employed at as a Forensic Investigator/Consultant at Fivaz Risk Management, owned by Ex Police Commissioner George Fivaz.

    Along with her mother: Shabana Khan and sister: Mamtaz Khan, Shajar is the founder and owner of Paper Dolls, which is a Modeling and Deportment school founded in 2012. Paper Dolls train young ladies, and men who aspire to be models, consultants to those who would like to reach their full potential in the corporate environment. There is a need for guidance in today’s society as it is complex, and full of challenges. Upon receiving numerous requests on the subject of mentorship, for this reason Paper Dolls compiled courses which cover all essential skills.
    In 2013 the business expanded in terms of offering life and business coaching. The experience that Mamtaz and Shajar have on a personal capacity allows them to relate to the majority of youth. The Paper Dolls have achieved a great network of people through hard work and branding ourselves, and have been fortunate enough to have met Robert Gumede, JT Foxx, George Ross; and Stedman Graham (Partner to media mogul – Oprah Winfrey) and maintain a good relationship.
    Paper Dolls has been featured in:
    - The City Press Newspaper Business Section,
    - BBC World services
    - 702 talk Radio with Redi Tlhabi. Mamtaz and Shajar have had the honor of being invited to the Trump Towers in New York, and have been privileged to have dined with George Ross (Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel of the Trump Organization) on more than one occasion.
    Additionally, Shajar has been appointed as a celebrity writer for ZAlebs (South African Online Site).
    Shajar has recently being invited to attend SAP Africa code week, where she has partook in coding.
    I have judged numerous Pageants such as:
    - Mr. & Miss Spring 2011
    - Mr. & Miss Couture Model of the year 2011
    - Mr. & Miss Bollywood Fashion Icon 2012
    - Mr. & Miss UJ campus 2013
    - Miss India Johannesburg 2013
    - Top Model SA 2014 and 2015
    Youth Development and Mentorship
    As a member of a youth empowerment organization, Shajar continually strives to be actively involved with community needs.
    With ongoing support to the Salvation Army Ethembeni Children's Home which was inherited from the organization since its interception from 1995. Shajar is passionate about youth development, mentorship, and education. Shajar has worked with, and continues to work with organizations which promote literacy among young children and teens- With intentions of starting her own NGO in Miss International South Africa 2013 Page 7 order to continue and uplift underprivileged homes and townships to raise funds for books and educational material and ensuring their distribution in local schools in communities across the country.
    Shajar Khan's objectives are:
    - To make communities aware of and to accept responsibility for the aids epidemic in South Africa.
    - Enabling caregivers in our communities through skills training and income generation schemes
    - Social integration- Our Children are exposed to positive realistic role models in the community through volunteer programs
    - Offers classes (Paper Dolls) to underprivileged youth who cannot afford to join
    - To create public awareness for underprivileged and orphaned youth with regards to illiteracy and the impact thereof on themselves and the community
    Charity Projects for 2012 and 2013:
    - A winter drive where clothes were collected for the underprivileged, this was distributed to the Salvation Army, Aryan Benevolent Home Council as well as the homeless.
    - Educational Toys distributed over the Christmas period.
    - Food Hampers for Ramadan which was distributed throughout Africa, this was in aid of underprivileged Muslim people during the fasting month. (2012 – 2013)
    - Rachel’s Angels Charity Pageant – Host of the pageant, and attended the event which took place in Cape Town.
    - Ambassador of Khayelitsha Cookies. – An organization that empowers underprivileged and unemployed women from Khayelitsha by equipping them with baking skills.
    - Blanket and Food Drive for the underprivileged and homeless.
    - Charity drive in aid of The House Group (The House Group has been an advocate for equal rights of protection against exploitation for young females since 1990).


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