But her unfazed attitude offended her brother, and to save his "honour", he killed her.
"I feel because she used to post her sensual pictures on social media she got murdered or may be because she used to love Indian celebrities", Sawant said.
In postings and public comments, she presented herself as a symbol of female empowerment in a country where domestic violence is commonplace and hundreds of women are murdered by family members each year in so-called honor killings.
"It's time to bring a change because the world is changing", she wrote. A Pakistani social media celebrity whose online antics polarised the deeply conservative country has been murdered by her brother in a suspected honour killing, officials said on July 16, prompting a wave of shock and revulsion.
Qandeel Baloch arrives for a press conference in Lahore in late June. She called herself a "one woman army" in a battle against the repression of women in Pakistan. She recently also appeared in a music video, gyrating bare legged to an Urdu-language song in high-heels and a see-through top.
Thankyou my believers and supporters for understanding the message i try to convey through my bold posts and videos.
Baloch, frequently a trending topic in Pakistan, was trending again Saturday after her death.
"Qandeel's brothers had asked her to quit modeling", her family said, according to the Express Tribune.
Most recently, Ms. Baloch drew nationwide attention for a video with Abdul Qavi, a prominent Islamic cleric, in which she wore his cap and took selfies while sitting on the arm of his chair.
Her killing is likely to reignite debate about honor killings in Pakistan.
Her real name was Fouzia Azeem but she chose Qandeel Baloch as her pseudonym after stepping into modelling. She was plus-size, she was unpredictable, she had as many fans and admirers as those who reviled her. She shot to fame in Pakistan in 2014 after a video of her pouting for the camera. Alleging that Baloch's family had harassed her before killing her, Sawant demanded a thorough probe into the matter and appealed to Sharif to take stringent action against the guilty.
In May, Baloch offered to strip if the wildly popular Pakistani cricket team beat their arch-rivals India.