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What Makes Her Special … ADITI BUDHATHOKI

A classic beauty reminiscent of yesteryear screen goddesses, Aditi Budhathoki is undoubtedly one Nepal’s most successful models having appeared on numerous magazine covers and commercials. Her Instagram account has one of the highest numbers of followers in Nepal. And she is applauded for making a mark outside the country by signing up with one of the biggest talent management companies in India. During a Dashain break in Nepal, WOW catches up with the beautiful Aditi for a quick chat. Excerpts:

How is the experience of working with the WOW team again?

I love the team and it’s always such an honour to be on the cover of the magazine.

What do you think WOW represents?

To me, WOW celebrates the beauty of womanhood. It shines the light on the diverse stories of inspirational women.

People consider you as an influential figure in the modelling industry today, what is your mantra?

I am extremely glad to hear that. I hope I am a good influence on people. I do not have a mantra. I just don’t pretend to be someone I am not. I am who I am and that’s what people like about me.

What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty lies in everything. I believe your external world is a reflection of your internal world and beauty comes from within. Hence, for me, it’s inner beauty that counts as physical appearance is only temporary.

How was your experience working in the Nepali movie industry?

It was amazing. I received a lot of positive response from people. I feel grateful to have fans who are always there to support me.

What do you think is the biggest misconception that people hold about women in general?

The biggest misconception that still exists in some parts of society is that women are less than men. Even in this modern era, women still have to strive for equality. In many areas, they are expected to follow meaningless standards set by society. It’s frustrating to see this because everyone should have the right to take independent decisions for themselves, from how they dress to how they behave.

What are your plans for Dashain and Tihar?

I am here just for Dashain. I want to spend more time with my family. As I live in Mumbai I don’t get much time to spend with my parents and Angel, my dog. I am planning to go out on a short trip with my family and also enjoy some delicious home cooked food.

5 minutes with Aditi

My closest friends
Aastha, Saman, Romit, Shashtika, Alisha and Dristi.

Words my friends use to describe me…
Nakali, loving, loyal, passionate and decent.

Items of clothing that I can’t live without
Cute floral dresses, tops and skirts, denim jackets and shorts, red dress and sportswear.

People don’t know…
– I am a vegetarian
– I don’t smoke or drink alcohol
– I can’t cook
– I believe in superpowers
– I am a shopaholic and I can’t stay in one place for a long time.

My favourite hangout
Starbucks, Fire & Ice, Level 3, Roadhouse Cafe, Imago Dei and Salon De Kathmandu.

On my bucket list
Travel many places around the world, lose weight, and maybe someday come across a unicorn (laughs).


Photos: Milan Lama
Post Production: Amulya RL Shrestha
Stylist: Anush Shrestha
Instagram: anush_shrestha
Wardrobe: Nepa: Mode by Aakash Shrestha
Instagram: nepamode
DS Collection, Durbar Marg
Instagram: _dscollections_
Lane 88, Durbar Marg
Instagram: lane_88__
Accessories: ANX Nepal
MUA: Sanu Gurung
Location: Babarmahal Revisited