Beauty queen’s ‘terrible’ death
A former beauty queen - crowned Miss Pakistan World in 2012 - has been killed after her car hit a kerb and overturned into oncoming traffic, police in the US said.
Zanib Naveed, 32, was driving a luxury Mercedes sedan on a highway in the US state of Maryland at around 11.40pm (3.40om AEST) last Sunday, when she attempted to take a curve to another highway and her vehicle struck a kerb and flipped over, state police said.
According to the New York Post, she was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to a preliminary investigation. Naveed was the only person in the car.
Naveed, who lived in the US, represented the city of Lahore in the 2012 Miss Pakistan World pageant in Toronto, where she was crowned the winner. She also participated in the Miss Earth 2012 pageant in the Philippines.
Her Facebook account lists her as the president of the Miss Pakistan USA organisation.
"She had a smile that could light up a room, a powerful personality, captivating eyes, a voice that demanded attention and beauty like no other," reads a GoFundMe page set up to help Naveed's family with funeral arrangements.
"She had a beautiful soul and she will forever be missed. Our lives will never be the same without her."
In her last post on Facebook, dated November 21, Naveed posted an image of herself sitting on a staircase in a sparkly gold dress.
"The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back," she wrote.
President of Miss Pakistan World, Sonia Ahmed, described Mrs Naveed's death as "upsetting" and "terrible".
"As the President of Miss Pakistan World, we gave Naveed an amazing platform to represent Pakistan internationally and hearing about her death is very upsetting to all of us," she told People magazine.
"Being a beauty queen to a country like Pakistan where there have been no beauty pageants on the soil of Pakistan is a tough job!
"Naveed along with other winners of Miss Pakistan World had a huge responsibility of carrying the title of a Muslim Nation.
"It is a very upsetting time and terrible news and we can all hope and pray that her family gets through this painful situation."