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Sahana Bajracharya: FIERCE. BOLD. IRRESISTIBLE

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Red Monokini (Lipsy Collection) – Bhatbhateni, Haathphool (Accessories.NepX) – RB Complex

Her curves are to die for and that is a very pleasant change from the stick thin trend making the rounds . Here’s Sahana, in her boldest avatar… and she is just irresistible.

Beads of sweat form on her golden skin as the sun beats down upon the poolside of Kasara Resort where Sahana is patiently waiting for the click of the camera shutter and the synchronized flash to go off, her body tense from holding the pose. Sahana burst into the mediascene after the Miss Earth 2010, landing brand endorsements left and right and working as a media presenter soon after.  Her talents shone throughout; smart, independent and vocal Sahana became a recognized face and personality

Her curves are to die for, which is a very pleasant change from the “slimmer” models that are making the rounds. And she loves her curves as much as we do. This alone had us shallow men falling for her, but there is more to her than what meets the eyes.

Apart from her work in the media, her efforts expand to a different sector as well. An advocate for menstrual hygiene, she is taking this project to an entirely different level, mainly targeted for the rural areas. She has been dedicated to the cause of fighting against the custom of forced isolation for women menstruating in West Nepal for quite some time now; it started after she represented Nepal in Miss Earth in 2010. And her effort are still ongoing.

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Sahana is bold, focused on her intent, and god is she beautiful! She has a fierceness about her that is somewhat masked by her playfulness, and she has the ability to make grown men go weak at the knees.

That’s why we cornered her and convinced her to work with us. We didn’t think it was possible, but she was actually able to make the already hot Chitwan weather even hotter. We suggest you sit next to a fan right about now, because things are going to heat up.

We didn’t think it was possible, but she was actually able to make the already hot Chitwan weather even hotter.

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Electric Pink Bikini Top – Posh – Woodland Complex, Rose Embossed Golden Shades – Accessories.NepX, Blue & White Striped Organza Skirt – Posh

What three things/people have contributed to your success in the media?

Captains don’t win matches, teams do. I am extremely grateful to my family for being supportive of my choices. My maternal grandfather nurtured me to make me the person I am today. He taught me about “life” and how to deal with it. Last, but not the least, Mr.Subarna Chhetri (former Chairperson of the Hidden Treasure) is my mentor, especially in the field of media.

When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?

I simply take a break. I either travel or indulge myself in street photography.

How do you get balance in your life?

Traveling. It helps refuel the much needed energy in my life.

What “rules” do you live by?

You earn for yourself and also give back to the communities which have unnoticeably given you a lot.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?

Nothing. It would take away the adventures of the deserted island if I did. However I would take my life partner along!

Her curves alonehad us shallow men falling for her, but there is more to her than what meets the eyes.

S31Sea Green Boyfriend Blazer – Fashion World Nepal – CTC Mall, Blue Cutout Monokini – Posh

Diamond & Precious Stone Encrusted Chandelier – Navaratna Jewellers, 

What is your secret indulgence?

It’s a secret for a reason. Shhhhh! And no, it’s not chocolate!

What was the worst piece of advice you have been given?

“Enforce politics at workplace to achieve what you aim”. Maybe it just doesn’t apply to me because I am a person who believes you have to earn it with talent and brains!

How did you end up in this career path? Was it something you always wanted to do?

I have always been a vocal person and media, especially television, was my only focus from the very beginning. Media is the only medium which can make a voice heard by millions in minutes. It’s the most powerful weapon to instill change in a large mass. Also it gives a meaning to your name!

What was the most defining moment in your career to date?

It’s yet to come…

What would you consider your first job in the media?

It was probably in 2009. National Democratic Institute approached me to host an interview based talk show that focused on issues of women of all fields. “Yugantaar” was my first job in the media as a presenter.

I will be introducing low cost sanitary napkin production machines to the rural areas of Nepal.

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 Golden Sequins Bustier – Subexya Bhadel/Crossroad Apparel,Lace & Tulle Baroque Skirt – Lipsy Collection, Yellow Stone Gold Earpeieces & Ring – Navaratna Jewellers – Durbarmarg

How would you describe the professional side of your work?

Working in the media never gets boring. You meet people from all walks of life and the industry itself is changing very rapidly. It’s dynamic and it makes my work life exciting.

Share your views on women empowerment in the Nepali society. What changes should be brought on to empower women in the Nepali society in its entirety?

Women are already self-empowering and are proactive towards making a difference. Be it the cities where girls have a strong upper hand in their career choices, or the villages where women lead projects of various scales on their own. Things are definitely looking up. However, the government security bodies should be friendly to women as time and again we hear of harassment cases in which the victims are always women.

Where would you say is your career headed now? What do you have planned for in the future?

I am working on taking my menstrual hygiene project to a whole new level from just advocacy. I will be introducing low cost sanitary napkin production machines to the rural areas of Nepal.

The bold and glamorous side of modeling is still a shaky subject in Nepal. In your opinion, how much of this depends on the confidence of the woman in context and how much of it depends on the social stigma surrounding sexuality in Nepal?

The past few months have shown a lot of models comfortably and confidently posing in bikinis for magazines and movies. Today’s generation evolved by breaking the social stigma, because it wasn’t always like this. I still remember when I wore a bikini for Miss Earth in 2010 it was a huge issue in few papers. But it’s a personal choice. I personally give a lot of attention to people’s criticisms, except if it’s coming from my family or someone close to me.

How soon do you think will this change? What is your opinion on it? Who do you think carries off herself the best in Nepal?

It is already changing and the society is gradually accepting it too. I don’t have any personal favorites though.

In an industry where the majority of models still strive to be stick thin, your curvaceous figure has been iconic. What do you do to stay in shape?

In my opinion, when you love yourself in the way that you are, you will never crave for a size zero figure. When I first participated in the Miss Nepal pageant back in 2008, I weighed 62Kgs. I still loved myself and dared to place an application. That year, Dabur Special Lite Hair Oil signed me for their brand and there has been no looking back for me since. So people will love you for who you are, but first you need to love yourself!

However, I don’t work out. I can never give a fixed schedule for workouts. I eat anything but I make sure I never over eat. That’s it!

Do you think it is wrong for a man to only be attracted to pretty girls with amazing figures? Or is it shallow and jerk behavior? Or is it just a matter of preference?

No. It’s a man’s choice. However, a man who is attracted only to a woman’s appearance is headed for something very temporary. If he is looking for love, then it’s probably the wrong approach and women can tell you so.

A man who is only attracted to a woman’s appearance is headed for something very temporary.

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Gold Sequins and Crystal Gown – Subexya Bhadel/Crossroad Apparel, Gold Earpieces – Accessories.NepX

Photography: Kishor Kayastha

Make-up Artist: Sakil Kunwar

Styled by: Sayal Shrestha

Location Courtesy: Kasara Jungle Resort, Chitwan

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