A true rags to riches story if ever you’ve heard one. This simple 17-year-old tea seller from Pakistan has landed himself a modelling contract after he was spotted selling tea at Islamabad’s weekly market.
A photograph of Arshad Khan selling tea at the market turned him into an instant internet sensation after it was posted on Twitter, and why wouldn’t it? Just look at those innocent blue eyes! The bright young thing is most commonly known by his nickname ‘Chaiwala’, which translates to tea seller in English.
Since his sudden brush with fame, Khan has been flooded with modelling contracts and film roles, as well as plenty of visitors to his tea stall, as fans flock to take selfies with him on a weekly basis. He recently made a guest appearance on Good Morning Pakistan, where he received a complete makeover and had photographs taken in traditional Pakistani dress.
Doesn’t the 17-year-old model scrubs up well! He’s clearly as handsome as that initial viral photographs showed him to be.
Khan has stated that he is looking forward to establishing a successful modelling career and would like to use any money he makes towards helping his family. “I need money to help my family. I also want to do charity work across Pakistan,” he told the Associated Press.
Though he doesn’t know how to read or write, Khan has an innocent sensitivity and enough life experience to confirm that any fame he receives from his success should go towards helping others who have grown in poverty, “all I want to say is that I will help those children who are deprived of education. If I get enough money, I will set up schools for children,” he told the Associated Press.
And here’s all you need to know about Arshad Khan to date:
-The Chaiwala is only 17 years old
-He was born in the city of Mardan in Pakistan
-He’s one of 18 siblings
-He’s been working at Islamabad’s weekly Sunday bazaar for the past four years as a tea seller
-He started his life with very humble beginnings. His family couldn’t afford to pay for his education, so he started out his life as a street vendor selling flowers.
-Khan is an ethnic Pashtun, a heritage shared by some of Bollywood’s biggest stars.
-He’s just landed a modelling contract with online store Fitin.pk and is currently in discussion with film directors regarding potential movie roles.