Model, Political Activist. The star of numerous music and dance videos, she used her celebrity to advance the cause of women in her native land. Born Fouzia Azeem, she was pretty and talented from a young age and began performing in public while making a series of videos that showcased her singing and dance ability, not to mention her nice legs. Qandeel became a social media sensation while landing a number of parts and guest appearances on mainline television shows; long dissatisfied with the treatment of women in a strict Moslem society, and not shy about using her beauty to advance her cause, she began speaking out and simultaneously started producing videos and photo shoots that were overtly provocative, though most would be considered tame in a Western society. Backlash was swift with much of her material deemed obscene, often by men who reportedly would watch a particular flick upwards of 300 times 'just to make sure'. Still, Qandeel considered herself a faithful and observant Moslem, though one prominent Cleric was suspended from his duties for meeting with her and appearing with her on camera. After two marital breakups and continuing advocacy in behalf of better treatment for women, she was murdered by her brother in an 'honor killing' for 'disgracing her family'.
Bio by: Bob Hufford