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ACV presenter Momtaz Begum-Hossain wins award, hosts wedding show and interviews Bollywood star Bipashu Basu…

ACV presenter Momtaz Begum-Hossain wins award, hosts wedding show and interviews Bollywood star Bipashu Basu…

It’s been busy time for the ACV contributor…to put it midly…and it’s about to get even more hectic…

IF YOU HAVEN’T seen any of Momtaz Begum-Hossain’s interviews for acv on screen, you really should…

And if you’ve never been exposed to her opinions on colour, fashion or style in general, then…

You’re the one missing out…

Momtaz Begum-Hossain (centre) with L-R: Ameet Chana, Sirajul Islam (statutory deputy mayor Tower Hamlets Council), and Afshan Azad

She’s just won a national award and last weekend she interviewed Bollywood star Bipashu Basu at a wedding show. And very soon she will be jetting off to the Cannes Film Festival as part of acv’s team covering the biggest and most glamourous film festival of them all. More on acv at Cannes next week…

First that award – she was named Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Bangladesh Fashion and Lifestyle Awards at a glittering dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Canary Wharf, London on April 20.

Organised by the British Bangladesh Fashion Council, the awards
celebrate the contributions of British Bangladeshis to arts, culture
and business.

Momtaz told acv: “It’s time to put the stereotypes to bed, there’s so much more to Bangladeshis than people realise and the awards were a great way to start. It’s also such a positive message that they focus on achievements in the creative industries.”

Momtaz Begum-Hossain with Bollywood star Bipashu Basu

Speaking about her win she added: “I’ve been a lifelong lover of fashion so it’s really exciting that the industry is now very much a part of my career.”

Momtaz, who also writes for Asiana Wedding Magazine and has her own
podcast (see link below), was on the Red Carpet for us at the recent
opening of the UK Asian Film Festival and posed questions for one of
Bollywood’s biggest stars in recent times, who was also chief guest of the
festival – Zeenat Aman.

Over this weekend (April 26th and 27th), Momtaz was at Allianz Park in Hendon, North London, hosting the Asiana Wedding Show weekend where she interviewed catwalk showstopper Bollywood actress Bipashu Basu on stage.

Momtaz said: “Over the years I’ve had the chance to interview some of the biggest names in Bollywood but interviewing Bipasha was special because she’s one of the rare actresses who has ‘made it’ in the industry on her own terms.

Bipashu Basu answers Momtaz Begum-Hossain

“I admire her spirit and originality and it was refreshing to hear her speak with such enthusiasm about her marriage.”

There were 21 winners in all at the British Bangladesh Fashion and
Lifestyle Awards. Members of the public could vote for people to be nominated and more than 300 names were submitted – in all some 5,000 votes were cast across the categories for the eventual winners.

The awards show was hosted by Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad and
Eastenders and veteran feature film actor Ameet Chana.

Among the special winners on the night was Rahemur Rahman who debuted his first collection at London Fashion which was featured by acv.

He is the first British designer of Bangladeshi origin to showcase at
London Fashion Week Mens and was recognised for outstanding achievements within the fashion industry. You can read Momtaz’s article about Rahman’s debut here.

Designer Sona of Sona’s Couture with Momtaz and Bispasha

Fokrul Hoque, CEO of the British Bangladesh Fashion Council, said: “These awards are not just about recognising those who have succeeded
and done well in this sector, but also about highlighting and promoting
the creative industries as a career choice, as the fashion industry is a
£32 billion a year industry and one that is growing fast, with lots of

List of winners

Fashion Designer of the Year (UK) – Sponsored by Poplar HARCA – Rokeya Khanum – Khanum’s Fashion Designer of the Year (International) – Sponsored by Dhaka
Regency Hotel & Resorts – Mehruz Munir – Zurhem
Best Male Model – Shareef Ali Best Female Model – Emilia Khandaker
Make-up Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Impress Media – Kaniz Ali
Fashion Photographer of the Year – Halima Begum (WWAGS)
Fashion Blogger of the Year – Sabina Hannan
Fashion Journalist of the Year- Momtaz Begum-Hossain
Fashion Boutique of the year – Zarkan of London
Outstanding achievement within the Fashion Industry – Sponsored by London College of Fashion – Rahemur Rahman
Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resorts –
Elvet Steak House
Social Venue of the Year – The Banc
TV/Radio Personality of the Year – Nadia Ali
Music Artist of the Year- Nishat Monsur (Nish)
Social Media/YouTuber of the Year – Sponsored by Impress Media – Mistah
Wedding Caterer of the Year – Maria London
Wedding Venue of the Year – Meridian Grand
Wedding Supplier of the Year – Kenza Creations
Wedding Photographer/Videographer of the Year – Kushi Media
Henna Artist of the Year – Ema Arts
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resorts – Bibi Russell

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