Leena Ghani, talented make-up artist and painter, and her sister Maheen Ghani Taseer, the designer behind MGT by Maheen Taseer, share their bond. From playing dress up to making their own language, these two sisters are the perfect twosome
What is your first memory of each other?
Leena: When my parents first brought her home, I couldn’t get over how tiny she was and how big her eyelashes were.
Maheen: I don’t have a particular memory, there are so many! I remember playing dress up in our house when we were really young. We would put tights on our hair and pretend like we have really long hair.
What is the craziest thing you have done together?
Leena: Maheen and I used to share a room together and once I woke up extra early so I could tape her to the bed. Of course she woke up half way in, but nevertheless I got what I wanted — to annoy her and take pictures to blackmail her later.
Maheen: Even though she is older than me, we were more like friends growing up. We would make fun dances, imitate people and even make up funny languages only we could understand.
What did you get punished for the most as a child?
Leena: Luckily Maheen and I didn’t get punished much. Meera (our eldest sister) used to cover for us and protect us!
Maheen: Not doing my homework on time and not sleeping on time. I would always shut my eyes when my parents would walk in and pretend to be asleep, but it was obvious because my laughter under the sheets would give it away.
If you could only wear one piece of clothing for the rest of your life, from the others closet, what would it be?
Leena: I would take all my clothes back!
Maheen: She has the best pair of jeans.
If you could swap places with each other, what is the first thing you would do?
Leena: If I could swap places with Maheen, I would go to Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account and unfollow her.
Maheen: I would start painting. She is so talented and creative. I am always encouraging her to paint more because she is amazing at it.
What is the one thing you love about your sister?
Leena: Her sense of style, her confidence and the ability to get what she wants.
Maheen: She is very kind hearted, funny and loves with all her heart. That is the most beautiful thing about her. She has always been the funny one in the house — she can make anyone laugh.
If you are fighting with each other, how do you make up?
Leena: When we see each other after a fight we just start talking as if nothing happened. But to be fair I think that goes for all siblings. You can fight and bring the whole room down, but at the end of the day no one has your back like your siblings.
Maheen: It depends on how bad the fight is. We both make up or usually we just become normal with time.
What is the one secret talent your sister has, that you wish you had too?
Leena: Her ability to put people in their place without being rude.
Maheen: We both act really well! Growing up we would put on shows and make up dances!
Describe your sister in three words:
Leena: Brave, determined and the biggest Shahbaz Taseer fan.
Maheen: Loyal, talented and kind.
Which fictional character is your sister most like?
Leena: I would say Kim Kardashian because she’s fictional to me.
Maheen: Angela Chase from My So-Called Life or Lorelai from Gilmore Girls.
How are your personalities similar?
Leena: Our sense of humour. Most people don’t get it though — it’s like a secret language!
Maheen: Our personalities are not similar at all. She is very carefree and casual, and I love being super planned. I am also more formal and reserved.
I can’t live without my sister because…
Leena: Maheen is the baby of the family. She took her first step in front of me and since then I have seen her become a brave, courageous woman who stands up for herself and will do anything to protect the people she loves. Her strength has not only inspired me but so many others around her. We learn from each other but in the last five years she has taught me how to be patient.
Maheen: She is the joy of our family, and I can’t imagine life without her.