Nargis Fakhri is an American model, actress, humanitarian and a former rapper who mainly appears in Bollywood movies. Fakhri began her career as a model and appeared as a contestant in The CW series America’s Next Top Model. She made her acting debut in the 2011 romantic drama Rockstar, for which she received a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut nomination. She received praise for starring as a war correspondent in the political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). She later appeared in the successful comedies Main Tera Hero (2014), Spy (2015) and Housefull 3 (2016), the second of which was a Hollywood production. In October 2017 Fakhri was selected as a One Young World Counsellor alongside Kofi Annan, Doutzen Kroes, and Cher to speak at their summit in Bogota.
Fakhri started her career as a model at the age of 16, In her later years, she appeared as a contestant on the second and third cycle of The CW reality series America’s Next Top Model (2004). Although Fakhri was selected for the first two challenges of both the cycles, she failed to make up for the third challenge for the top twelve contestants. She subsequently modelled professionally in America, working for freelance agencies, and appearing regularly at fashion shows. Fakhri’s fame increased when she appeared in a highly popular Indian print campaign for the 2009 Kingfisher Calendar. Her appearance in the Kingfisher Calendar attracted the attention of Indian filmmaker Imtiaz Ali. He selected her for a role in the Hindi romantic drama Rockstar. Fakhri later said that she agreed to work in India so that she could “relate to her culture” and get “close to her roots Pakistan” because India and Pakistan share the same culture.