Photo: Mariyah Moten with Indian music director, composer, singer and actor Himesh Reshammiya.
Mariyah was born in a Memon family in Karachi, Pakistan, as the eldest of three sisters and she currently resides in USA. A graduate of University of Houston (2008) with honors from the renowned hotel and restaurant management program at the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mariyah Moten was placed Top 5 at the Miss Pakistan National Competition. After that Moten represented Pakistan at the Miss Tourism Queen International pageant in 2006, where she won the Miss Charity Title competing with 87 other contestants. Later in 2006 she competed in the Miss Bikini of the Universe Pageant held in Beihai, China.
It was the first time a Pakistani girl had participated in a bikini pageant, and it created controversial views, and Mariyah Moten won the Best In Media/ Miss Press title for being the most photographed and interviewed contestant in the Miss Bikini of the Universe Pageant.
In 2007 Mariyah Moten participated in another pageant, Miss Asia International 2007 where she won 2nd Runner up, a huge victory for Pakistan since this was the first time Pakistan placed in the Top 3 at an international beauty contest.
In September 2009, Mariyah represented Pakistan in the Miss Intercontinental held in Minsk, Belarus. Miss Afghanistan, Zallascht Sadat, also took part in this beauty pageant.
Mariyah Moten continues to model in the US and has attended the well-known New York Film Academy Acting School to pursue her career as an actress, and the opposition on her bikini appearances landed her on the cover of Sexy South Asian Girls 2007 calendar.
In 2009 Mariyah Moten received widespread news coverage when she met with former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf (who is currently in self-exile) in Houston, Texas, USA.
More photos of Mariyah Moten are posted below: