A Fresh Face in K-Town – Hisila Maharjan
Written By: Prajita Shrestha
If you’re someone who keeps the slightest bit of track of Nepal’s fashion and beauty industry, then it’s more than mere probable that you’ve heard of the beauty competition Liril Fresh Face. Recently, the contest announced its winner of the fourth season – Hisila Maharjan.
Our team at WAVE is thrilled to know what the journey has been like for Maharjan, while also congratulating her for her feat. So, WAVE decides to have a one-on-one talk with this fresh face about the ins and outs of her newly acclaimed title.
As I sit across the table from Hisila Maharjan, I get swooned with the positivity and humbleness that she carries with herself. The 20-year-old resident of Patan, Maharjan is the youngest in her family, and thus by default, she is a little more demanding and a little more adored than her siblings. Her personality resembles that of an ocean – calm and composed yet with the potential to bring a surge of ideas and a wave of opinions when needed.
With a motive to make a mark in Nepal’s fashion industry, Maharjan debuted in the modeling field about a year ago. Till date, she has walked in a plethora of events, including the renowned Fashionmandu. Having learned the secrets to becoming a magnificent runway model from all these experiences, Maharjan finally took a leaping step by participating in Liril Fresh Face Season 4, and the rest is history.
“BY WINNING THE TITLE, I THINK I HAVE PROVED PEOPLE THAT WOMEN OF EVERY COLOR ARE EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL.”
- What are some of your most memorable sessions during the contest?
There are three moments that I will never forget. The first was the time when my closest friend Prasamsa got eliminated from the competition. I was sad at that time. The second one was when Liril gave us a 15-minute timeline and tasked us to shop clothes for full body makeover. Because of all the rush, I had performed poorly in it. And finally, the third moment that I cherish a lot was when the organiser took us to Chitwan for a photoshoot in the wilderness.
- What kinds of preparations did you personally undertake for the competition?
I don’t really talk with people in an instant. However, for this competition, I practiced the etiquettes of connecting to people and making a deep and meaningful conversation. Besides, I took into account the best way to present myself because before participating in the contest, I was the one who didn’t care much about getting well-dressed.
- What was the most challenging obstacle during the competition that you had to overcome?
As I don’t really open up, people thought I lacked communication skills and they even took me as an undeserving candidate for the tiara. Moreover, in the final round, one of the judges had asked the other two finalists to name the contest who do not deserve the title of the contest. Both of them told that I was unworthy of being the winner. As a matter of fact, I just believe in knowing when to speak and what to speak.
“I AM THE TYPE OF GIRL WHO THINKS TWICE BEFORE DOING ANYTHING. EVERY ACTION I TAKE IS A RESULT OF SERIES OF BRAINSTORMS AND BACKGROUND STUDY.”
- What are some of the sacrifices that you made for the contest?
It has to be my sleep. Some of Liril’s sessions would sometimes extend extremely late till about 2 in the morning, whereas, I am someone who can sleep all day and all night. So, this schedule was very peculiar to me. Except that, I didn’t have to make any other sacrifices because my family and friends’ circle is very supportive. And I didn’t have to go on a diet plan or follow a hardcore exercise regime.
- How do you plan on using your title to give back to our society?
Although most Nepalese have brown complexion, dark skin has been stigmatised in our society for a long time now. There is a deep-rooted belief that woman with dark skin cannot be associated with the word ‘beauty’, let alone participate in a renowned beauty competition. By winning the title, I think I have proved people that women of every colour are equally beautiful.
- What are your short-term and long-term plans?
Until a year from now, I believe I will be busy working with Unilever on its advertisements and campaigning. For long-term, I may plan to enrol in a film school and take slow steps towards acting. And maybe, I will try my luck to win the title of Miss Nepal as well. In the meantime, I will also complete my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work while also doing modelling assignments as they come to me.
- Do you think beauty competitions in Nepal objectify women?
Sadly, yes. Nepali models have a very less say on how much skin to show with their costumes. Most of the times, the designer has the sole say on this matter. The other problem in this field is how very less effort is put by the shooting team to make the models comfortable during their work. And last but not the least, the fact the models are employed at a minimum wage is not any less of a work-related exploitation.
“HISILA IS BLESSED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: BEAUTY AND BRAINS.”
- Do you have anything to share with some of the aspiring models?
If you are comfortable in with your own skin, there is no way anyone else will ever be able to make you feel bad about it. You should learn how to present yourself in the best possible way. Surely, there will be people who will be skeptical about your plans related to modelling, however, you should just let your interest in modelling build up naturally and steer your passion in the right direction to prove your talent.
Getting Up, Close, and Personal with Hisila
Your sexiest body part: My eyes
Your most liked body feature: My smile
Your best quality: I think before taking actions and not the other way round
Your style mantra: There is no need to go gaga over branded clothes. Whatever complements your body and your personality should do just fine.
Something all women should know: Women need to take a stand for the respect they deserve. Meanwhile, they should love themselves and have a sense of one’s own worth.
Three things you learned from your journey in Liril Fresh Face’s
- Focus is the key
- Self-confidence is a must
- Embracing the fact that I am an introvert
One thing you look for in a guy: He needs to know how to respectfully talk with women.
One thing that a guy does that turns you off: If a guy lacks thoughtfulness and empathy for people, then that’s a complete ‘No’.