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As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country but she says there is a long way to go.

The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media and was just days after she became the first transgender model on the catwalk at the annual Pakistan Fashion Design Council fashion show.

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Her catapult into the spotlight came after transgender activist Zara Changezi was named as a star of a love film, the Senate passed a bill to protect transgender people, and a Pakistani province agreed to an X gender on driving licenses.

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