In what’s probably the most impressive level-up we’ve seen this year, Arshad Khan, a Pakistani chai wala (“tea seller”) has landed a modeling contract after his pictures blew up on Instagram.
Islamabad-based photographer Jiah Ali posted a pic of the 18-year-old Khan at the city’s Sunday Bazaar, and thanks to his striking blue eyes, lush head of oh-this-I-don’t-do-anything-it-just-kind-of-dries-like-this hair and laissez-faire stubbled topped off by the greatest mustache since prime-era Tom Selleck, it … gained a following.
Khan acted extremely quickly, modeling for Pakistani shopping site fittin.pk with a banner ad that reads “Chai wala is no more chai wala, now he is fashion wala.”
Ali posted an update about Khan on her Facebook page:
“Yes he knows about his overnight fame and hes [sic] very happy about it!” she wrote. “He would love to accept modeling/acting offers. People have been asking about his reaction. He’s very confused right now and is overwhelmed with all the attention. He’s confused, scared, and happy all at the same time.”
“He doesn’t mind being called a ‘chai wala,’ and yes he is getting a lot of offers!”
And hey, no felonies involved!