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Muniba Mazari born 3 March 1987, also known as the Iron Lady of Pakistan.She is a Pakistani activist, anchor artist, model, singer and motivational speaker. She is also Pakistan’s first wheelchair bound model and anchor.

Muniba Mazari belongs to Pakistan. At age of 21, she met with a car accident that left her lower body paralyzed.

Muniba Mazari spent 2 and a half months at a hospital and underwent 3 major and 2 minor surgeries. The list of her injuries is a long one, out of which, her spinal chord injury changed her life. She started painting and discovered her skill when she was bedridden for 2+ months. While she painted portraits of sorrow and how she felt, others found her work absolutely astonishing. It has been almost 10 years since her accident, she is now a motivational speaker, a prolific artist and interestingly, a wheelchair model and television host. Rising from Pakistan, she wants the world to recognize the talent and zeal of Pakistani girls. Being a model and a motivational speaker, she is also one of the most famous people with disabilities.

She believes that even though her body is caged, her mind is still free to concur anything. She is a living example of what you do with your brains, and that your disability is not inability.

On 27 February 2008, Muniba and her husband were travelling from Quetta to Rahim Yar Khan. Their car was met with an accident, in which she sustained several major injuries, including broken bones in her arm (both radius and ulna), rib-cage, shoulder blade, collarbone and spine. Her lungs and liver were also deeply cut. Moreover, her entire lower body was left paralysed.[5] She was taken to a nearby hospital, which was ill-equipped to deal with such a severe case. She was then moved to a hospital in Rahim Yar Khan, and eventually, she was admitted to the Agha Khan Hospital, Karachi.[5] Post-surgery, she was left bed-ridden for two years. Physiotherapy started, which helped her recover enough to use a wheelchair.

While painting, she found a job working for Areeb Azhar to run his Facebook page for monthly wages. She also started work at her son's school for a startup project called Dheeray Bolo (Speak Slowly), which involved teaching Urdu at various schools. The managing director of Pakistan Television (PTV) at the time, Mohammad Malick, learnt about her because of her TED talk, and asked her to work at PTV.[5] She also worked for Clown Town in September, 2014, which allowed her to work with children and the elderly.

Apart from this, Muniba was chosen by Pond's (a beauty brand) as the Pond's Miracle Woman. She was also chosen by international hairdressing salon, Toni & Guy, to become the first-ever wheelchair-bound model in Asia. Her first campaign for them was called Women of Substance.

Muniba Mazari has been a part of Dil Say Pakistan's campaign to spread the feeling of patriotism and unity in Pakistan. She has performed as a singer for them, including in a YouTube video which was published in August 2017 as part of their Independence Day campaign for that year. In June 2019, Muniba was appointed by the current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, to be a part of Pakistan's first ever National Youth Council.

Muniba started painting on her hospital bed.s Her medium is acrylics on canvas. With the slogan, Let Your Walls Wear Colours, she created her own art brand called Muniba's Canvas[12]. She has presented her work in exhibitions, including a six-day exhibition held in Lahore from 19 April 2016 to 24 April 2016. This exhibition was held at Collectors Galleria and displayed 27 acrylic paintings.

Her first International exhibition was held in Dubai - entitled And I Choose To Live - at the Pakistan Association Dubai. The two-day exhibition - hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan, Poetic Strokes and The Collectors Galleria, Lahore - was inaugurated by Moazzam Ahmad Khan, the Pakistani ambassador to the UAE.

She has displayed her art in several other exhibitions, as well as for charity,

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