Maleesha Kharwa’s journey from slums of Mumbai to the cover of a fashion magazine is proof that dreams can come true
Long, luscious hair cascading down in soft waves over her shoulders, sparkling eyes and a smile that can light up a room — there’s something strikingly confident and charming about Maleesha Kharwa. The 13-year-old slum-dweller who dreams of becoming a model and dancer when she grows up, was The Peacock Magazine’s cover girl in October last year.
Hollywood actor Robert Hoffman, of The Step Up 2: The Streets fame, who was scouting for a girl from the slums for his music video while on his visit to India, happened to meet Maleesha and her cousin sister. Although he did not end up taking her in his video, he was so taken up by her charm and confidence that he decided to start an Instagram page for her, to help her realise her dreams.
Now, thats a real rags to princess story!