Gulzaeb looks to make a difference
GULZAEB Beg Ali was spotted by a make-up artist as a teenager who asked her if she would consider doing a photo shoot for a bridal magazine.
The 15-year-old British Pakistani, of Holcombe Road, Ilford accepted the offer and many more modelling jobs quickly followed.
Ten years later after featuring in a host of glossy magazines, including Asian Woman, Asiana and Fanfare, a producer from Brit Asia TV gave her a chance to front her own music show which she grasped with both hands.
Gulzaeb, now 27, has filmed two successful series of The Chart Show and her media profile has been rising rapidly, highlighted by her inclusion in The Times of India’s top 50 most beautiful Asian women earlier this year.
In July, she was left “devastated” by the floods in Pakistan, which affected more than 15 million people, and she decided it was time to use the contacts she had made in the entertainment industry to put on a charity event to help rebuild their lives.
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The former Seven Kings High School pupil said: “People have lost their homes, there is a shortage of food, water and medicine and the land is ruined which is very upsetting.
“The thought of all the parents and children out on the street broke my heart and my immediate reaction was to think about what I could do to help.”
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After a number of meetings with potential sponsors and artists, an event was confirmed for September 22 at Troxy, Commercial Road, Stepney.
“The response I got was amazing and I feel very privileged to be in this position,” she said.
“Everyone understood the importance of the event and jumped at the chance to be a part of it.
“This is first time I have organised anything like this and I will put my heart and soul into making it a success.”
All money raised from the night will be donated to the Pakistan Floods Appeal run by the Disasters Emergency Committee.
One act scheduled to perform is R&B duo Bonafide who have penned a charity single and will perform it exclusively.
There will also be appearances from Raghav, Shizzio and TQ, Navin Kundra and PBN. In addition, guests will be treated to a fashion show choreographed by Caramel Model Management. A number of celebrities will strut their stuff on the catwalk, including EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra, who plays Masood Ahmed, and the Grewal family from TV show The Family.
There will also be an auction in which a pair of boxing gloves signed by Amir Khan and a makeover and photoshoot with magazine Asiana will be up for grabs. Football tickets and paintings can also be won in a raffle.
In December Gulzaeb will look to continue her charity work with a trip to Thailand.
The three-week Christmas expedition will see her spend a week building a school and two weeks teaching English to youngsters.
She said: “I haven’t been to Thailand before and this is a great opportunity to explore the country and help underprivileged children.
“I will get to meet and educate people from all walks of life, which will be both interesting and rewarding, but for now I am concentrating solely on putting the finishing touches to my charity evening.”
Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, cost �35 with a three-course meal or �15 without. For more information, visit www.voodooentertainment.co.uk.