Does the name Maleesha Kharwa ring a bell?
As a model, she may not be as popular as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, but Maleesha has been serving as much as a muse of style for a 250k strong following on Instagram, captivating folks ever since she was spotted by American actor-dancer-choreographer Robert Hoffman, back in 2020.
Her eloquent eyes, pretty complexion and, sparkling broad smile, that caught Hoffman’s eye, earned the 15 year old the title Princess from the Slums. On her profile she says ‘People say I live in a slum but I love (she uses the heart emoji) my life! I hope to be a supermodel to help my family eat’.
Now the face of beauty brand Forest Essentials, Maleesha who lives in Dharavi, north central Mumbai, with her family, also featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan India‘s 26th anniversary issue.
Her earnings have allowed her, excitedly, to buy a phone and her family, she says has less of a problem finding three square meals each day.
Maleesha has been breaking fashion stereotypes, one pic at a time, because hers is such a wistful, winning face you cannot look away from.
Read on for style tips from this vivacious teen who has more style in her little pinky than much of the glam fraternity.
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