While David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Maria Sherapova top the list of international athletes turned fashion icons with their stunning appearances on red carpets, ramps and extra ordinary attire while stepping out of the courts, Pakistan has its own versions of sportsmen turned fashion icons.
With a growing entertainment industry, our athletes have not held themselves back from stepping into the fashion fraternity every now and then. Some walk the ramp while others have launched their own apparel brands.
Sadly, we are still a long way from producing a local version of Maria Sherapova since there are barely any sports women that make it to the list of most fashionable athletes. Here’s the list of Pakistan’s 5 most fashionable sports icons.
Who would miss out on Kaptaan Khan when it comes to the list of sports men turned fashion icons? Cricketer turned politician, Imran Khan stirred young hearts with his immaculate fashion persona back in the 90s. appearing on several magazine covers, dating Bollywood celebrities and carrying a fashionably noticeable persona, Imran Khan is the pioneer of Pakistani sportsmen becoming style icons.
Former skipper and currently ESPN’s official commentator, Wasim Akram has garnered fans not just for his cricket skills but for impeccable attire that he carries wherever he goes. Very recently Wasim Akram walked the ramp at Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi for Fnk Asia. The legendary cricketer turned fashion icon has also walked the ramp at 2013’s Bridal Couture Week and launched his line of Men’s Kurtas in 2013.
Aisam ul Haq
Pakistan’s only tennis icon who moved the globe with his wins against tennis players in ATPs and grand slam semifinals, Aisam ul Haq is no less of a fashion icon. With an impeccable sense of dressing up and an intimidating persona, Aisam could be one of the best models in Pakistan. Aisam has also tried a hand at modeling and walked the ramp at APTMA fashion event. He has also appeared on several magazine covers and graced red carpets last year with his former wife Faha Akmal.
Who doesn’t know Lala’s grace? He might not be at his best on the pitch during matches but he never fails to stir the hearts be it for his offensive playing style or his impeccable fashion sense. Afridi was also listed on Number 5 on the wonder-lust list of 10 most stylish athletes of the world. Afridi is also on the sportsmen’s club with their apparel brands.
King of controversies in the sports scenario, Shoaib Akhtar has all that it takes to be the front runner of fashion industry. Dope Scandals, behavioral issues, a perfectly maintained physique, Akhtar has the perfect persona for a fashion icon. He has modeled at the Mumbai fashion week and has appeared in numerous fashion magazines.