For 20-year-old Raudha Athif becoming a doctor is a career plan for now, but little did she know that even before she lands up on her dream, she will make the country proud by being featured on the cover of Vouge Magazine.
Two years ago, while experimenting with her pictures on social media she became a sensation in the country as the ‘Maldivian Girl With Aqua Blue Eyes’. It was through the lenses of a photographer named Sotti, her picture — where she is coming out of the turquoise sea — went viral.
The picture also landed her on the cover of Vogue along with five other women from South Asia. Titled ‘Celebrating Unity In Diversity’ on their ninth anniversary issue this month, Vouge tried to capture the spirit of bold and beautiful women who are not only embracing their individuality but also inspiring others to do so, and Raudha Athif is one of them.
“Besides bringing their individuality to the ramp, these stunning models, some of them aspiring lawyers and doctors, are breaking stereotypes and inspiring others to think big, think strong,” Vouge said.
But, for Raudha, who started modelling as moonlighting along with her medical studies, becoming a doctor is her ultimate dream even as she did her first campaign at the age of 14 to encourage people to ban plastic bags. She told Vogue:
Along with Raudha, Indian model Pooja Mor, Nepalese model Varsha Thapa, Bangladeshi model Peya Jannatul, Sri Lankan model Shenelle Rodrigo, Bangladeshi model Jannatul Ferdoush Peya, and Bhutanese model Deki Dorji Wangmo were also featured on the cover.
On the news of Raudha being featured in the leading woman’s fashion magazine, Twitter users from the Maldives could not contain their excitement and started congratulating her for the success.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed also took the opportunity to congratulate her for her international recognition.
Congratulations to Maldivian medical student and model, Raudha Athif for gaining international recognition.
— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) October 9, 2016
— Afa Rameez (@Afarameez) October 7, 2016
Raudha Athif 👍👇 https://t.co/YBM7pSqPP5
— Mohamed Aiman (@AimanuMohamed) October 7, 2016