Blue-eyed Pakistani tea seller becomes an internet sensation

By Kirstin Buick
20 October 2016

One minute you're minding your own business, selling some tea leaves, the next you're a social media superstar.

One minute you're minding your own business, selling tea in a stall, the next you're a social media superstar.

Well, if you're Arshad Khan, that is.

The 18-year-old from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, was manning his tea stall in the bustling Itwar Bazaar, when he was snapped by passing photographer Jiah Ali, BBC reports.

Ali shared the pics of the handsome tea merchant on social media, cheekily captioning it "Hot-tea" – and the internet imploded.

The eagle-eyed photographer first posted the pictures of Arshad on 15 October. By 17 October #ChaiWala (which means "tea seller") was the top trend on Twitter in Pakistan. The trend quickly transcended the country's borders.

And Arshad? The young man from Mardan in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is just loving life.

A photo posted by Jiah Ali (@jiah_ali) on

“Some 40 to 50 girls have visited me since morning,” Arshad told Samaa TV.

A day later, Arshad was reportedly signed up by online retailer Fitin.pk to model for the Islamabad-based company, according to Quartz.

And he's already been photographed for the retailer's menswear line!

"Chai wala is not more chai wala now he is fashion wala!" the brand posted on Facebook.

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