A Dubai-based American citizen who is of Arab and Filipino descent is gearing up to claim the Man of the Universe 2021 title, one of the most anticipated male pageants this year.
Ahmed Yousif El Sharif, 25, is currently working as a dental surgeon and helping his mother, who is a Filipina, managing their restaurant business in Muraqqabat, Deira.
Standing 5’11”, the doctor-entrepreneur will represent the USA in the prestigious pageant on October 15 in Dubai. The American citizen who has a Filipino heart revealed that he is new to the male pageantry.
His first try was during the Man of the Philippines UAE 2018 wherein he was hailed as top seven. He was also the first runner-up during the Manhunt search in the UAE. The Man of Universe 2021 would be his third pageant.
“I was known as someone who is not really known in this kind of modeling or pageants and later on, with the help of my handler, I was able to establish a name,” he said, referring to Miss Carla Fuentes, who is known to be a seasoned make-up artist, international fashion designer, and handler of talents.
“It’s my passion to join pageantries and also I feel like it’s a way for me to influence and inspire people who believe that they can do more than they were given from the start,” El Sharif, whose father is a Sudanese, said.
Competing with 15 other strong candidates from all across the world, when asked about his edge among them, he said ‘having an edge is not about having the looks or not about fame, it’s neither where you come from, it’s something the way you show your influence and what you represent.’
Despite having a full-time job and commitment to their family business, he still finds time to join local and international pageants.
“It’s all about time management and how determined you are to achieve those things. Basically, if you want to do something, you’ll find time for it. There’s a lot of struggle trying to do what you want, but it’s all worth it in the end as long as you want to do it, and you’re determined for it,” he said.
The pageant is produced by Star Realms Entertainment Production in cooperation with Purple & Pink and powered by FILPRENEUR.
The Man of the Universe is a Philippine-based international pageant that celebrates exemplary men who embody passion, love, and dedication in preserving humanity, diversity, and unity.