The emotional torment of losing a loved one is so unbearably hard to overcome, particularly when it happens at a tragically young age. But, without facing up to this most awful of situations, it can prove impossible to make your life your own.
That’s what happened to English-Bahraini model, Fawzia Nadhar when she lost her father at just eleven years of age.
Showing grit and wisdom beyond her years, Fawzia took ownership of her own life, and has become one of the world’s most decorated beauty champions.
We caught up with the model to find out how she did it.
Name: Fawzia Nadhar
What’s your story?
I’m a 22 year old half English half Bahraini girl. I moved to Dubai when I was 19 to attain my degree. In that time, I was signed on to modeling agencies and have been booked on TV and various shoots.
In 2018 I entered my first beauty competition and won as Miss Bahrain. I then entered another beauty competition, Miss Arab World 2018 and won as runner up. In late 2018 (December time), I entered an international beauty competition, Miss Empress Universe, competing against other women from all around the world and won the title. I believe in working very hard and love a challenge. I don’t let time or an opportunity pass me by.
Choose and title 5 photos from your phone that best sum up your current life.
What is the toughest adversity you’ve faced on your journey to living your best life, and how did you overcome this?
Short of my eleventh birthday, I was faced with one of the worst things that could happen to someone. I lost my dad.
It wasn’t an immediate shock or pain, it took time to sink in. For years I felt very lonely and lost. Him being the main supporter in my family meant, financially we were much worse off. The most painful thing throughout the whole experience was witnessing my family coping with his loss, in the early stages.
Growing up, I had nothing but utter respect for my mother, she held our family together after his death.
I overcame this because I simply had to. I was faced with two choices, I could either sit there and mourn and let life pass me by, or, make something of myself and do that best I could do (at that time it just really meant focusing on school) and looked at the matter in a logical way. Time moves on and I had to too. It didn’t mean that I didn’t miss him any less, it just meant that I had to be strong.
What’s your goal for the next chapter?
A dream I always wanted to pursue was TV presenting. When I was going to major in journalism, there was some pressure from my family advising me to go for business instead. So, my next goal would be, to get on TV and be a presenter and one day have my own show.