From Mumbai's Dharavi Slums to Fashion Sensation: Maleesha Kharwa shines as Face of Luxury Beauty Brand

In April, Forest Essentials delighted its followers on Instagram with a heartwarming video featuring Maleesha Kharwa, as she gracefully walked into their store which was adorned with her stunning campaign photos.


Fourteen-year-old Maleesha Kharwa, hailing from Mumbai's Dharavi Slum, has been chosen as the face of 'The Yuvati Collection,' the latest campaign by luxury beauty brand Forest Essentials. Maleesha's extraordinary journey began when she was discovered in Mumbai in 2020 by Hollywood actor Robert Hoffman, who was captivated by her talent. I

mpressed by her potential, Hoffman even initiated a Go Fund Me page to support Maleesha's aspirations. Today, this remarkable teenager boasts a staggering following of over 225,000 on Instagram, where she frequently includes the hashtag #princessfromtheslum in her posts. Maleesha's achievements extend beyond social media, as she has successfully embarked on numerous modeling ventures and even showcased her talent in a short film titled "Live Your Fairytale."

Dharavi's Teenager Becomes the Face of Luxury Beauty Brand

Maleesha, rom Mumbai's Dharavi Slum, has now been chosen as the ambassador for Forest Essentials' inspiring campaign called 'Yuvati Selection.' This social initiative is dedicated to empowering young minds and nurturing their potential for greatness.

In a heartwarming moment captured in April, Forest Essentials shared a touching video on their Instagram platform. The footage showcased Maleesha's joyful entrance into their store, adorned with her own campaign photos. The caption accompanying the video beautifully expressed the profound impact of this achievement, emphasizing Maleesha's radiant happiness and serving as a poignant reminder that dreams truly have the power to materialize: "Witnessing the sheer delight on Maleesha's face as she beholds her dreams brought to life. Her story stands as a testament to the significance of believing in and pursuing your dreams. #BecauseYourDreamsMatter," Forest Essentials eloquently stated.

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The  video quickly went viral, amassing over 5 million views and garnering over 406,000 likes. Internet users flooded with admiration, applauding Maleesha and extending their heartfelt congratulations for this extraordinary achievement.

"It's wonderful watch her savor her success!!! Blessings and much more success in future for her!" wrote one user. "So happy to see this , and applause fr the brand.. in our country dusky girls were never considered to promote beauty brands, nw time has changed... she's so beautiful," said another.

A third user commented, "Wow. So much positivity in here. Also her smile is beautiful". A fourth added, "Now this is a face every common man will relate to ,a much needed change".