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Gone Rouge: The History of Lipstick and the Color Red

Photographer Vikram Gawde “Red can connote everything from desire, to danger, to power,” says. Using red on the lips can be traced back to the women of Mesopotamia, who adorned their lips with crushed semi-precious stones, and Cleopatra, who used crushed beetles and ants to create the perfect crimson for lips, eyes, and cheeks.  The Egyptians also used a mixture of focus-algin, iodine, and bromine mannite to color their lips – but this concoction could prove to be lethal and, legend has it, led to the coining of the term “kiss of death.” The Romans used red vermilion, derived from the powdered mineral cinnabar, as a cheek stain – but since it’s derived from mercury, it can be toxic to humans. The Ancient Greeks opted for a safer path and crushed mulberries to add a flush of color to their complexions. Meanwhile, the Chinese began to paint their fingernails red. Red was seen as a status symbol by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and the lower classes were forbidden from wearing the bright color. Actress Elizabeth Taylor as Queen Cleopatra. Alamy “Wearing lipstick has always been an emotional and visual experience, from the defiant red lips of the suffragettes to the alluring yet powerful pouts of the 1980s supermodels,” says. During the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England made bright shades of rouge popular. Before then, medieval Europeans believed that makeup – particularly red lips – warned of death. In the early 20th century, Queen Victoria frowned upon the wearing of makeup but the young women of the day were not deterred, and early feminists started painting their lips crimson as a symbol of emancipation. Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland. Alamy During the second world war, lipstick was the only cosmetic not rationed, as British prime minister Winston Churchill believed it boosted morale. The decades after the war saw lipstick continue to dominate the cosmetics market, with movie sirens from to Hollywood favoring a bold pout. Samia Gamal danced her away across the silver screen with a bold flush of blush, and it is said that 98% of women in the US were wearing lipstick by that time, probably encouraged by Hollywood sirens like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Actress Marylin Monroe. Alamy In the following decade, women became more experimental with their makeup colors but instead focused on eyeshadow. It would be two more decades before the bold look came into vogue, with women layering blush across their cheeks and up to the temples. Then in the minimalist 1990s, the look was natural, with a focus on flushed, rosy cheeks. In 2020, red has cemented its status as a timeless accent, with a vivid red lip or nail the epitome of chic. The way the color is worn has also evolved over the last few seasons – 2015 saw the rise of crimson eyeshadow, now seen as a mainstream look – then came blush swept all the way up to the temples and now countless FW20 shows called on red in every shade for the ultimate power pout. From Dries Van Noten to Oscar De La Renta, lipstick followed no rules. Precision application is now a thing of the past. Backstage at Oscar De La Renta F/W20. Indigital “To me, red represents strength and confidence,” says celebrity makeup artist. At last year’s Golden Globe awards, Margot Robbie, Claire Foy, and Zoë Kravitz chose red makeup looks to complement their black #TimesUp outfits, wearing the color across eyes and lips. “When a woman wears red lips, it means she is confident. She is taking control of how others perceive her, and that message is very powerful. It is also a fierce signal to say, ‘Look at my face,’” says Louboutin. Originally published in the February 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia Read Next: The post.

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Lean on Me: Eight Women Discuss What Makes Their Friendships Work

To celebrate International Friendship Day on July 30, four sets of friends talk about the importance of female bonds. Alexandra d’Ursel and Deborah Najar Alexandra d’Ursel wears Cape, Céline; top, Marni; skirt, Fendi; belt, Bottega Veneta; shoes, Christian Louboutin. Deborah Najar wears Jacket, top, skirt, belt, Bottega Veneta; shoes, Hilfiger Collection; necklace, Marni. Photographed by Mann for the July/August 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia “We both come from musical families, which has always given us a strong bond. Deborah is extremely intelligent and intellectual and a wonderful friend. She’s very headstrong and always positive.” – Alexandra d’Ursel, founder of White Linen Interiors  “Alex never fails to inject great spirit, fun, and humor into every situation. More importantly, she is incredibly humble, always challenges herself, and never takes her incredible achievements for granted. She’s been a pillar of strength and friendship for me through thick and thin.” – Deborah Najar, director of the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation Nadine Kanso and Khulood Thani Nadine Kanso wears Coat, pants, Fendi; shirt, stylist’s own. Khulood Thani wears Coat, Fendi; shirt, pants, turban, Bint Thani; shoes, Christian Louboutin. Photographed by Mann for the July/August 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia “I met Khulood through a mutual friend a few years back and since then we see each other nearly every day. She is very focused – she knows what she wants and she goes for it, but in a subtle way. She is elegant in so many ways and has a certain kind of calmness that is amazing. I want to be more like her. We complete each other.” – Nadine Kanso, jewelry designer “Nadine is a powerful woman and is very knowledgeable in her field. She is also generous in supporting her friends. When I have some doubts, she always gives me honest feedback – that is the kind of friendship I enjoy. Nadine is very direct and honest. She’s just being herself and that is something I love about her.” – Khulood Thani, fashion designer Shayma Fawwaz and Noora Fawwaz Noora Fawwaz wears Top, skirt, Givenchy. Shayma Fawwaz wears Top, skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Bloomingdale’s; shoes, Christian Louboutin; abaya, Mounay. Photographed by Mann for the July/August 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia “I received an award while traveling and had to send someone on my behalf to collect it, and I chose Noora. She did a fabulous job, taking photos with everyone and speaking to members of the royal family. That was one of the moments I realized I could always rely on her. She has Down’s syndrome – people are lucky if they have the chance to meet her.” – Shayma Fawwaz, founder and CEO of Gossip the Brand “It’s fun working with Shayma. We also go to the gym together. We are so lucky to have each other and I wish for us to always be close.” – Noora Fawwaz, happiness officer of Gossip the Brand Sara Al Tamimi and Hamda Al Hosani Sara Al Tamimi wears Abaya, Epiphany; Suit, Helmut Lang at Bloomingdale’s; turban, Sara Tamimi; shoes, Saint Laurent. Hamda Al Hosani wears Abaya, Epiphany; suit, Helmut Lang at Harvey Nichols; shoes Saint Laurent. Photographed by Mann for the July/August 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia “Things changed a bit when we started working. We used to be spontaneous and saw each other all the time. Although we are more responsible now, I can always feel Hamda’s love from afar. I admire her as a person. She is incredibly forgiving and extremely determined.” – Sara Al Tamimi, creative director “Sara forces me go out of my comfort zone and pushes me to wear things that make me nervous by assuring me it will look good. I don’t know any person who has met Sara and didn’t love her. As we get older, I see Sara speaking up more and more, and that makes me very proud.” – Hamda Al Hosani, marketer Aldar Properties Now Read: These Celebrity Pairings Are Total #FriendshipGoals Photography: Mann
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26 Vogue Editors-in-Chief On The Images That Bring Them Hope In 2020

A child gazing at the camera through a translucent sari; a Hong Kong sunrise; the smiling face of British centenarian Captain Tom — these are just some of the images to be found in the September issues of Vogue’s 26 global editions as they unite around the theme of hope. To mark the’s launch, each of the 26 editors-in-chief has selected one photograph or illustration from their print publication and told us why it fills them with hope for the future. Some honor public figures working to help those worst affected by the pandemic, while others feature boundary-pushing artists, serene landscapes that remind us of the power of nature, and portraits of the next generation who are determined to make the world a better place. Browse some of the spectacular images and hear the moving stories behind them from the editors-in-chief themselves, below. Photo Credit: Sumayyah Al Suwaidi Vogue Arabia, Manuel Arnaut “Emirati artist Sumayyah Al Suwaidi’s arresting artwork, A Fishing Hope, incorporates one of the most enduring symbols of the Gulf region: the traditional wooden boat, the abra. In this surrealist piece, the abra becomes a vessel for hope. ‘When you go fishing, you hope to catch something, and you prepare for it. If the fisherman is not prepared, he will never catch anything. So it is in life, too,’ explains the artist. ‘A person must be prepared to do what’s needed to succeed and leave the rest to the universe.’ I find this artwork by the Abu Dhabi-based artist intriguing and inspiring — it perfectly represents the modernity of the Gulf, while respecting its rich traditions.” American Vogue, Anna Wintour  “During this pandemic, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has been everything our president is not — forthright, honest, reassuring, led by science and facts. Who better to ask about hope? What the governor had to say on the subject made me proud to be a New Yorker. Sometimes words (and an iconic Milton Glaser logo) paint the best picture.” Photo Credit: Alasdair McLellan British Vogue, Edward Enninful “The subject of our portrait, Captain Tom, represents, in a way, a very British take on hope — an unsuspecting hero who performed a remarkable feat in unremarkable surroundings. In April, just weeks from his 100th birthday, the second world war veteran decided to walk 100 lengths of his back garden in an attempt to raise £1,000 for the NHS. But word spread through the media and within days, he’d raised £500,000, which rapidly rose to £32m, and was soon followed by a knighthood from the Queen and a number one single — along the way, giving hope to a nation that, for a moment, needed it more than ever.” Photo Credit: Betty Muffler Vogue Australia, Edwina McCann  “Betty Muffler is not only an incredible artist, she is also a Ngangkari — a traditional Indigenous Australian healer with a powerful gift to assist others through her spirit and touch. She hails from Iwantja Arts in the remote Indulkana Community in far north-east South Australia, approximately 400km south of Alice Springs. In the wake of last summer’s devastating bushfire season, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, I wanted to select a uniquely Australian image that represents hope, healing and solidarity for us all. Betty’s healing powers and positive energy are embedded in this work thanks to the red ochre pigment — taken directly from her Country — and the lace-like song lines that represent the movement of her spirit flying through the sky.” Photo Credit: Wang Yong Vogue China, Angelica Cheung “Artist Wang Yong looked to ancient Chinese history for his hope inspiration, with a work entitled Circle. In particular, Wang sought inspiration from the Han dynasty, known as an era when art and architecture flourished some 2,000 years ago. It was the tradition to have round eaves on buildings, with engraved drawings and texts to send out good wishes and hope for the future. “Wang referenced a tile from that period engraved with 12 characters that collectively spell out a message of peace and wellbeing for people all over the world. The circle represents the number zero, reflecting the artist’s wishes that Covid-19 infection figures will reach that target in the near future. The circle also represents wholeness and perfection.“The artist took the project very seriously and undertook deep research into Chinese history to find suitable inspiration. Anyone reading the characters in Chinese would grasp that the artist is addressing a sombre topic, while ultimately conveying a message that people should be positive and look forwards with hope. “We can all relate to that message during these troubled times. Wang works across many mediums, but for this one he stuck to the basics, using ink on paper with just a touch of red — a color that, in itself, symbolizes happiness in Chinese culture.” Photo Credit: Kathrin Spirk Vogue Germany, Christiane Arp “In my eyes, professor and doctor Marylyn Addo embodies all our hope that sooner or later there will be a ‘normal’ again — a new normal, where nothing will be as it was before. As one of the worldwide-leading scientists in infectiology and virology, she is confident that there will be a vaccine against Covid-19 available soon. Her optimistic belief in global scientific teamwork without borders emphasizes my hope for a world without any borders in our minds and hearts.” Photo Credit: Cheung Chau Sunrises #57 by Michael Wolf, courtesy of ©􏰀 Estate of Michael Wolf, Courtesy Flowers Gallery Hong Kong Vogue Hong Kong, Kat Yeung “To everyone at Vogue Hong Kong, a sunrise represents hope in the beginning of a new day. Captured beautifully and poetically by photographer Michael Wolf, the sunrise symbolizes that no matter who you are, and where you are, we all live ‘under the same big sky’.” Photo Credit: Hashim Badani Vogue India, Priya Tanna “In our quest for hope we found our common humanity, and a unifying thread in a generation that will inherit the world from us. The imagery is simple: a child’s gaze through a sheer handwoven sari designed by one of our leading designers and made by our artisans and craftspeople, captured by one of the country’s emerging photographers — representing at once India’s past, current and future.” Photo Credit: Massimo Vitali Vogue Italia, Emanuele Farneti  “We wanted to represent hope as a ray of light shattering the darkness. This is why we chose Massimo Vitali’s photograph, a joyful symbol of the summer that arrives after a cold winter, a glimpse of the carefree, happy attitude that has always characterized the Italian way of life — a symbol of togetherness and love.” Photo Credit: Daidō Moriyama Vogue Japan, Mitsuko Watanabe “In Japan, Mount Fuji has been the one and only centre for nature worship from ancient times, and it continues to be a symbol for the wishes and hopes of the people. Its presence is not only the most beautiful, but also inspires a sense of awe for nature. It examines the relationship between humans and nature as well. Mount Fuji, taken from the home of Daidō Moriyama, one of Japan’s leading photographers, quietly watches over the city and people at sunset. The sacred presence of Mount Fuji feels like the sliver of hope in the darkness of the night.” Photo Credit: Hyea W. Kang Vogue Korea, Kwangho Shin “What makes the post-corona era more humane? Nothing comes closer than human connection. With that, we have the Deokbune Challenge, which translates to the Thanks Challenge. Celebrities and citizens alike carry on posting this sign language on their social platforms to thank and pay respect to those helping to combat the virus. This image became a national icon after being turned into a badge and stickers. Here, faces of Korean fashion (Hyun Ji Shin, Sohyun Jung, Heejung Park, Yoon Young Bae) spread hope with the Deokbune pose.” Photo Credit: Stefan Ruiz Vogue Mexico and Latin America, Karla Martínez “For the past couple of months, our team has been working at home. The crisis in Mexico and Latin America continues to grow. With so much uncertainty around the world and in our region, the idea that by September things will be better is hard to fathom, but one thing that you can say about Latin Americans is that we are always hopeful. “The idea of hope, esperanza in Spanish, is something that we are taught from a very young age in Latin America. In many Latin American countries, we have lived through civil wars, drug wars, corrupt governments, domestic violence, and the crisis came to add another layer of uncertainty. As with all crises, we believe in the power of community and working together to create a better space for the people we love. “During this time more than ever, we believe in the power of community and helping each other. We worked with Latino photographer Stefan Ruiz who shared an image of a fisherman from a small town in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, as they were fishing. These men have a specific technique and always go out to fish together. As Latinos, we come together and work to make a brighter future full of hope for the next generation. This is how we will overcome the many obstacles that lie ahead.” Photo Credit: Kevin Osepa Vogue Netherlands, Rinke Tjepkema “Temporarily sacrificing your own needs to help protect those more vulnerable was crucial when social distancing during lockdown. In the Netherlands, Dunja van der Heijden quarantined her grandfather Fred for two weeks when, at 94, he tested positive for Covid-19. She was right next to his bed when he died, a symbiotic ending to their relationship. Dunja was photographed wearing her grandfather’s favorite fisherman’s sweater.” Photo Credit: Inez and Vinoodh Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt “In these difficult times, I am glad and honoured to be part of this incredible initiative, to unite the 26 worldwide editions of Vogue in one unique, strong voice. At Vogue Paris, we decided to highlight more than ever youth, diversity, inclusivity and awareness, which are to us the epitome of hope today.” Photo Credit: Marcin Kempski Vogue Poland, Filip Niedenthal “Poland currently finds itself in a state of turmoil. My hope for our country — and indeed for our planet — lies in its youth, in the wonderful young people I meet who are eager to prove that they know just as well, if not better, what is best for us. I am impressed by their maturity as well as their optimism, by the traits, so natural to them, that I sometimes find lacking in older generations: openness, responsibility, empathy. Vogue Poland has chosen this particular group of students because of their diverse backgrounds and common interest — to make the world a better place. I trust it will be, thanks to them.” Photo Credit: Branislav Simoncik Vogue Portugal, Sofia Lucas  “Helping each other. Supporting one another. Being the best version of ourselves. Knowing that no matter what, we will always try to elevate everyone around us and never push them down. Hope is knowing there’s a helping hand around the corner, no matter how bad things are. That’s hope. And that’s why this allegory of spoons we’ve inspired our image on fits this theme so much. But above all, it fits the times we’re going through perfectly. In a time when love turns to hate in a split second, we can only hope that people come together for each other.” Photo Credit: Erik Bulatov Vogue Russia, Masha Fedorova  “The author of the September cover of Vogue Russia is Erik Bulatov [the piece is titled Nadeshda]. He is a classic of Sots art [Soviet Pop Art] and an artist of the level and scale of David Hockney and John Baldessari. Back in the 1970s, in the late Soviet Union, he became famous for works that combined the rhetoric of the Soviet poster and landscape painting, and now, living in Paris, remains one of the most famous and expensive Russian artists. The last show of Gosha Rubchinskiy took place against the background of his work Freedom.Надежда (‘hope’ in Russian), flying in the clouds, is a universal symbol for us, in which every person on Earth can put their meanings and aspirations. We at Vogue believe in the power of words, art and visualization as much as we believe in style and taste.” Photo Credit: Christina Worner Vogue Singapore, Norman Tan “When choosing a visual representation of hope for Singapore, we wanted to combine the past with our future. The Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid was named the national flower of Singapore in 1981. It was chosen for its vibrant color as well as its hardiness and resilience — key attributes of the Singapore spirit and also, of a bold Vogue Singapore in this new era. “As a nod to this, we named an orchid after the magazine, the Vanda Vogue Singapore, but commissioned a 3D render of the flower to demonstrate that while we are proudly rooted in our heritage, we have our eyes firmly fixed on fashioning a new future. “Combined with an exclusive piece of prose from Singapore-born author and the youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize Amanda Lee Koe, our desire is that the 3D Vanda Vogue Singapore orchid will be a beacon of hope; a reminder that beautiful things need to be fought for; that dreams don’t come without their battles; that together, we can come through stronger.” Photo Credit: Coco Capitán Vogue Spain, Eugenia de la Torriente “The Edge of the Sea is an original artwork by Coco Capitán that perfectly sums up what most of our country has dreamt about during the last months: the freedom of the sea and the hope that the storm has passed. Coco is a brilliant Spanish artist that lensed this carefree picture when she was 18 years old in Mallorca. Almost 10 years later, her unique handwriting updates the image in a new world with a completely different meaning.” Photo Credit: Zhong Lin Vogue Taiwan, Leslie Sun “Folk is a big part of our traditional culture, and although this particular divination ritual may not be practiced by the entire population, I do trust that everyone hopes for their wish to be granted with a positive outcome. The ritual of casting these crescent-shaped blocks is called bwa bwei in Taiwanese, and when they land with one bulged side and one flat side facing upwards, as shown in the photograph, it represents the divine answer, ‘yes’.” Photo Credit: Aekarat Ubonsri Vogue Thailand, Kullawit Laosuksri (Ford) “Aastha is the form of faith and beliefs that is widely practiced in Thailand, such as building religious artefacts like temples and Lord Buddha statues. This Buddha statue in this photograph [Under Construction by Aekarat Ubonsri] is arguably the biggest statue in this region. Once the construction is completed, the piece will be the centre of hope for the entire community.” Photo Credit: Osman Ozel Vogue Turkey
(The current EiC has left so this is a statement that has been shared by the Vogue Turkey team) “Having survived many natural disasters and economic depressions since the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar represents strength, resilience and hope at its core. As a symbol of artisanship, tradition, inclusivity and diversity for centuries, it is a reminder that no matter the challenges, much like this historic structure, we too will evolve in the face of hardships and overcome whatever life has in store for us by embracing our most cherished values. We did this special photoshoot atop the Bazaar, showcasing its beautifully designed roofs and domes along with the blue skies. As Turkey’s most authentic self, this is a place of hope that merges the past with the present and the present with the future. It connects Istanbul to the world and the world to Istanbul.” Read Next: The post.

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A Number of Arab Films Will Debut at This Year’s Toronto International Film Festival

A still from ‘Lift Like a Girl’. Photo: Twitter/@tiff_net Taking place between September 10 and September 19, the 45th edition of the. Featuring a vast array of segments, ranging from short films to features, the festival will provide audiences with a hybrid model of physical and digital platforms from which they can attend screenings, engage with members of the film fraternity and listen to interviews and interactive talks. In a statement relating to the newly released line-up, artistic director of the festival, Cameron Bailey said, “we began this year planning for a festival much like our previous editions, but along the way, we had to rethink just about everything.” “This year’s line-up reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover,” he concluded. Opening with a debut showing of Spike Lee’s David Byrne’s American Utopia, a documentary centred around the former Talking Heads frontman’s Broadway show, the festival will continue with a plethora of new screenings, including Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised, which features a former mixed martial arts fighter struggling to regain custody of her son, and Good Joe Bell, a poignant drama about the realities of bullying starring Mark Wahlberg. .@manijeh_hekmat's BANDAR BAND is a music-infused twist on a road movie starring Reza Koolghani, Pegah Ahangarani, Amir Hossein Taheri, and Mahdieh Mousavi. — TIFF (@TIFF_NET) Before being closed by Mira Nair’s six-episode adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, the festival will also provide audiences with the opportunity to engage with a number of highly anticipated titles from the region. Among them; Gaza Mon Amour, a whimsical romance inspired by true events and created by Palestinian filmmakers Tarzan and Arab Nasser, tells the story of a spirited fisherman who discovers an Ancient Greek statue. 180 Degree Rule, by Iranian director Farnoosh Samadi also makes an appearance, sharing the story of a teacher from Tehran who makes a family-altering decision when forbidden from attending a wedding by her husband. Other titles include Manijeh Hekmat’s Bandar Band, which follows a music group’s journey across a flooded Tehran, as well as Ash Ya Captain (Lift Like a Girl), a documentary by Mayye Zayed that follows an aspiring female weightlifter in Egypt. Promoting diversity in all areas, the festival will also see a rise in female-directed films this year, with the percentage of female-directed or co-directed titles jumping to forty-sex percent from thirty-six last year. Read Next: The post.

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What Actually Is An Essence – And Why Does Your Skin Need One?

Photographer: Desiree Mattsson for Vogue Arabia June 2019 If your aim each day is to drench your skin with hydration, there is a product that can help you out. No longer solely known to the “skintelligent” (those who know their way around a multi-step), the essence is fast becoming a formula that many of us rely on for a healthy, luminous complexion. However, it’s frequently misunderstood. Hailing from Korea, as many useful skin trends do, the liquid is often confused with a toner, but is actually an entirely separate product designed to be used after cleansing and toning, and before serum. “An essence is predominantly used to assist all the other products in your routine,” says Julia Marinkovich, UK representative for the Korean brand COSRX, who describes them as a skincare staple. “They are multi-functional miracle workers that hydrate and rebalance the skin, housing many active ingredients that work to penetrate the skin much deeper, further enhancing subsequent skincare products and boosting the effectiveness of your whole beauty regime.” Marcia Kilgore of Beauty Pie is a fan too: she told Vogue recently that an essence is “the perfect power-magnet prep to heighten the performance of whatever you apply next”, highlighting its ability to nourish, smooth and pH balance the skin, softening the epidermal layers to allow faster penetration of actives – Beauty Pie’s Japanfusion Hydra Prep Essence Lotion is an unsung hero in the brand’s offering. While essences are nothing new and have long been available via more niche brands, over the past year the beauty mainstream has cottoned on to their efficacy, thrusting them into the spotlight and making them more accessible to consumers. Take Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Micro Capsule Skin Replenishing Essence, which is packed with antioxidants to protect skin from external aggressors, and offers minerals to boost skin’s hydration levels, as well as lipids to bolster the skin barrier. It’s a multitasking product that really does work, particularly for older skins: “Ceramide levels drop precipitously as we age, and this formula contains skin-identical ceramides that support the skin barrier and help improve texture,” says Dr Dendy Engelman, the brand’s consulting dermatologist. La Mer is another well-known brand that has recently added a. Meanwhile, when Vintner’s Daughter – a brand that shot to fame by offering a single product – introduced a second, founder April Gargulio didn’t unveil a cleanser or a moisturizer, but an essence. “The Active Treatment Essence was created to be the perfect hydrating complement to [the original product] Active Botanical Serum’s multi-correctional moisture,” Gargulio tells Vogue. “In one perfectly calibrated formula, Active Treatment Essence delivers many products in one – deep hydration, collagen-building vitamin C, two sizes of plumping hyaluronic acid, brightening plant stem cells, revitalizing microalgae and B vitamins, pre and probiotics, 60 plus nourishing nutrients and micro-exfoliators for cellular regeneration.” An exhaustive list of skincare benefits, and yet more reasons to consider incorporating one of these multi-taskers into your routine. Other notable essences to try are Skin Regimen’s Microalgae Essence, a near all-natural product which helps recharge and hydrate the skin thanks to energizing unicellular microalgae;, which is forever sold out, and for good reason. It’s achieved cult status thanks to its ability to lift, firm, hydrate, smooth, and generally make skin glowy as can be. Unlike a toner or micellar water, your essence should be applied like a serum: “Instead of using a cotton wool pad, apply four to five pumps of essence into the palms of your hands and then press the product into your skin, avoiding dragging it,” says Marinkovich. Use it morning and night, post-toner and pre-serum, and enjoy. For the sake of an additional 20 seconds, it’s a no brainer – isn’t it? Read Next: Originally published on  The post.

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Givenchy Beauty is Launching an Online Boutique

Instagram.com/ @givenchybeauty It’s official you will soon be able to shop all of the latest beauty launches from on their very own online boutique. Launching across the region the new site will ensure that fans of the Parisian brand, based in the United Arab Emirates will be able to splurge on everything from fragrance to makeup and skincare. The best part? Complimentary shipping will also be offered on all orders with your products arriving in three to five days. Taking pride of place on the site will be Givenchy La Collection Particuliére. A private collection of eight fragrances, the masterfully blended juices are as bold and vibrant as their chic flacons. Built around the concept of unusual pairings they also offer the perfect base to be layered with signature scent, Accord Particulier. The premium collection will be sold exclusively online on Givenchy Beauty’s new e-commerce platform. Also joining the lineup will be the houses recent collection Le Rouge and Teint Couture City Balm.  The former sees eight new catalog colors plus one limited edition shade join the ionic lipstick collection. Considered a couture creation, these lipsticks are inspired by the fabrics used in the houses collections. Ultra-pigmented, completely matte and with a formula that ensures the utmost comfort each and every shade is set to make a statement. For Teint Couture City Balm, get ready for a complexion perfector like no other. Designed by Givenchy’s Makeup and Colour Artistic Director it has been created for urban living. Looking to enhance the skin, the formula also cleverly protects the dermis from environmental stressors like pollution and blue light exposure. Visit for more information Read Next: The post.

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The Air-Drying Hack Everyone With Curly Hair Needs to Try

Getty Curly folks, listen up: The search is over. The secret to obtaining the frizz-free curls of your dreams is to, simply put, lose the hot tools. Forget blow-drying. Don’t even think about pulling out the diffuser. The easiest (and fuss-free) way to dry your coils — without attracting added static — is to plop. Silly name aside, “hair plopping” is a heat-free drying technique that utilizes a cloth to air-dry curls, says Wes Sharpton, resident hairstylist at New York City’s Hairstory salon. The idea is that by placing your hair atop your head, loosely wrapped in a cloth, curls will almost scrunch themselves — like an accordion — in a faster fashion when compared to traditional air-drying. “The more that you touch hair while it’s drying, the more it has a tendency to become frizzy,” says Sharpton. So, in order to skip the potential for static cling altogether, he recommends using a lightweight,, like a towel, which will, in turn, speed up the drying process. Sharpton isn’t the only stylist who recommends this drying method for folks with curly hair. Natural hair expert Pekela Riley is a huge fan of the hack, too. “Plopping is one of the most underrated ways to create flawless wash-and-go definition,” she tells Allure. “This approach allows for maximum wet-look definition to lock in, without being disturbed. Plopping is truly self-care for curly hair.” While wrapping your hair in a curly hair-specific type of towel is certainly acceptable, Sharpton also recommends a much easier (and affordable) hair plopping vessel: an old, oversized T-shirt. “It’s something that you typically already have at home,” he says. “Plus, it’s cotton, which means it’s really absorbent.” To use, simply place your hair in the center of the shirt, and then use the sleeves to tie around your head. It’s that easy. So, the next time you wash your hair, skip the hot tools post-shower and instead reach for that old ratty tee your ex left behind — at least it’s finally being put to good Read Next: Originally published on Allure.com The post.

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12 of Meghan Markle’s Best Style Moments

Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty 1 From whimsical midi-dresses to sophisticated crêpe gowns,, the Duchess’ style is always a manifestation of her classic, modern, and ever-elegant persona. Alongside clothing choices that are often made on account of the event she is attending, or the country in which it is being hosted, Markle isn’t one to skimp on accessories. In addition to frequently sporting a complimentary clutch or handbag, the Duchess, since having joined the Royal Family, has also found new and graceful ways to style a 17th-century European favorite; the fascinator. In honor of her 39th birthday today, we look back on some of Markle’s most iconic fashion moments, from off-the-shoulder gowns that gave maternity-wear new meaning, to denim dresses that effortlessly merged casual with formal. Traversing royal, formal and personal engagements, hosted between London, New York, Morocco and beyond, we explore the intricacies of this modern Royal’s wardrobe, stopping along the way to celebrate her effortless amalgamation of femininity, grace, and modernity. Read Next: The post.

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Priyanka Chopra Sets Her Sights on the Arab Film Industry

Priyanka Chopra wears Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran. Photo: Instagram/@priyankachopra With a career spanning over 20 years in the film industry, Indian actor Priyanka Chopra has captivated millions of audiences all over the world, from Bollywood to Hollywood. Having eased effortlessly into roles that demand the use of foreign languages, accents, and dialects, the cinema star could have her sights set on next. Commenting on her interest in starring in Arabic movies, Chopra said in an interview with Africa News that she would “love to,” but “doesn’t speak the language.” “I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere,” Chopra said in the interview. “I love my job and I would learn a new language if I had to,” she continued. Revealing that a number of new projects are underway, including an unscripted series about sangeets; the component of Indian weddings that seek to celebrate a couple’s union through music and dancing, the interview also noted that Chopra was working on a “buddy comedy,” with actor Mindy Kaling, as well as a new series for Amazon produced by celebrated American co-directors, the Russo brothers. Fans of the actor will also be able to see Chopra in action over the coming months, with the release of two new Netflix films titled We Can Be Heroes and The White Tiger. Directed by Robert Rodriguez from the Spy Kids film franchise, We Can Be Heroes is a science-fiction fantasy that tells the story of alien invaders kidnapping Earth’s superheroes, leaving children with the task of saving their parents and the world. Playing the role of one of the parents, Chopra will star alongside  Christian Slater, Boyd Holbrook, Sung Kang, and Pedro Pascal. White Tiger, on the other hand, is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga who tells a suspenseful story of success through the lens of murder, love, and deceit. In what has been a busy year for Chopra, it was announced last month that the Bollywood star would also appear in the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise, where she will work alongside Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as Jada Pinkett Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Jonathan Groff. Slated for release in April 2022, filming began in San Francisco prior to the onset of Covid-19 and has since resumed production in Berlin. Read Next: The post.

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Why You Shouldn’t Take Waxing Into Your Own Hands

Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash Dermatologists and aestheticians urge you to hold off on the DIY hair-removal treatment, and for good reason… There are two main types of waxers: the person who has been self-waxing since puberty, and the person who has never once gotten body hair pulled out without paying someone to do it. And before the pandemic forced waxing studios and spas to temporarily shutter, the latter probably never expected to take matters into their own hands. People who have been stuck at home — and away from their beloved — are turning to the types of DIY treatments and beauty projects they might not have considered doing before. Cutting your own hair? Worth a try. Attempting to freehand your own nail art? Sure, we’ve got time. But since at-home waxing involves putting hot wax on your bare skin, there are a few things to consider before you pull out the Popsicle sticks. Whether this is your first time attempting at-home waxing or you’re a lifelong devotee, our job is to make sure your skin stays burn-free and intact on its way to smoothness. We asked board-certified dermatologists to break down the basics — and their advice is, for the most part, don’t wax at home. Yes, home waxing kits exist, and yes, your cousin’s best friend’s great-aunt probably swears she’s been waxing her underarms for 15 years. But even though you can wax, dermatologists don’t think you should. Shari Marchbein, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, gives waxing a hard no: “I would absolutely not recommend waxing at home,” she says. “I get it. We’re all off of our normal self-care routines, but certain things are best left to professionals.” Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based, board-certified dermatologist Chris G. Adigun agrees, “Unless you are an experienced at-home waxer, I am always very cautious to recommend it,” he says. “There are many variables that can go awry with waxing at home, including managing the temperature of the wax, which requires heating, waxing off just the hair (and not the skin), and irritated reactions to components of the kits.” Adigun shared a long list of potential issues with at-home waxing, such as burns, ingrown hairs, infection, and itchy or painful rashes. Keep in mind that many of those issues could happen even if you get waxed at a spa, although it’s perhaps less likely under the care of an expert aesthetician. Even expert aestheticians worry about their clients attempting to wax sensitive areas. Haven Spa aesthetician Hanna Naranjo has one word to say when it comes to at-home brow waxing: “Don’t!” If not for your skin, at least for your brows: “Don’t wax your eyebrows at home. It’s very easy to accidentally rip off more hair than you would like,” she says. “A tweezer is your best bet.” Keep in mind that any waxing mishaps on your face will be, well, on your face. “Consequences of bad outcomes from waxing on the face as compared to the body are much greater, such as burns and hyperpigmentation,” says Adigun. The experts agree: Stick this one out until you can get back to your professional waxer, or opt for a simpler tool like tweezers. How about the bikini line? According to the experts, it’s the same deal. “Just let [your pubic hair] be for now,” says Naranjo. “There are too many risks involved as it’s extremely difficult to do on your own.” In addition to all the regular reasons not to wax at home, there’s also the pandemic-specific reason. Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, reminds us that “there is always a risk of tearing the skin or getting burned, which can trigger a round of more risk-laden experiences, like having to decide about going to see a doctor or trying to manage the risk of scarring or infection at home.” The only thing worse than having to go to a hospital because you burned your bikini line is having to go to a hospital in the midst of a global health crisis. Read Next: Is Water Damaging Your Hair? Originally published on Allure.com The post.

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Did Lebanese Singer Elissa Just Release Her Last Album?

Photo: Instagram/@elissazkh The release of Lebanese songstress‘s latest album might be somewhat of a bittersweet moment for her fans worldwide. Released on August 1, amid Eid Al Adha celebrations, the 18-track album titled Sahbit Raey has been widely celebrated by fans on account of its powerful message and lyrics. Yet, there is speculation of the celebration being shortlived on account of an announcement made by the singer last year. Noting her retirement from the music industry via Twitter on August 18, 2019, Elissa said that her then-upcoming twelfth studio album would be her last before going on to describe the music industry as being “similar to the mafias.” The news of her announcement sent shockwaves around the world, with fans and fellow artists showing solidarity through the hashtag, #كلنااليسا, or #WeAreAllElissa. Since then, the singer has gone on to release two singles, titled Hanghani Kaman Wi Kaman and Ahwet El Madi, in addition to her latest album, whose lead single was released late last month. Following its release, Sahbit Raey, or “Opinion Giver,” in English has been the recipient of widespread adoration, with fans praising Elissa for her talent and skill. Television personality Zaven (@Zaven_K) took to Twitter saying, “so much storytelling. So much emotions. So much love. So modern. So sweet and so bitter. It’s not a farewell as it might sound. It is a story of a woman who is starting over. #صاحبة_رأي #اليسا love it. Alf mabrouk. @elissakh.” While Sheymah (@shelissyaweah) writes, “We adore and admire u so much habibti u deserve all the best and more and more to come ya #SahbitRaey.” Elissa has since responded, thanking her fans for their love and support. In a tweet posted on August 2, the singer wrote, “Beirut… it all goes back to you.” “I am very happy with the feedback I am getting on the album, and it makes me so happy to show that Lebanese people have the power to overcome everything to live in peace and happiness,” she continued.  Read Next: Egyptian Singer Malak El Husseiny on Her Debut Album and Future Plans The post.

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Arab Super Talents Rise with Black Is King

Beyoncé wearing Ashi for Black Is King. Styled by Zerina Akers. Courtesy Ashi You will have to read the fine print to know it. Ever humble, Beyoncé expressed that “Black Is King is a labor of love meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry,” and that, “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey.”
“Beyond proud of the talent and hard work all my sisters put in this important body of work – DID THAT!” Instagram.com/amakadsi – Andrew Makadsi Black is King art director Beyoncé has served what The New York Times hails as, “A grand statement of African-diaspora unity, pride, and creative power,” and she sourced creatives throughout the Arab world in her process. Along with Makadsi’s vital creative involvement, she harnessed the work of two Arab designers. Saudi couturier Mohammad, also shone the light on up-and-coming Bahraini brand Monsoori. Beyoncé appears in a deep plum-colored, one-shoulder gown alongside Naomi Campbell who was dressed in mustard-yellow Schiaparelli couture. Mansoori is founded by Bahraini designer Shaima Al Mansoori, who reveals that the dress took 81 hours to drape and make. Her dress signatures incorporate volume, ruffles, and draping. Beyoncé wears Bahraini label Monsoori alongside Naomi Campbell in Black Is King. Beyoncé has always gone beyond wearing internationally-acclaimed designer names. Though her Black Is King fashion lineup features the likes of, among a bounty of others. For those who question why she did not exclusively wear Black designers, perhaps it is simply because, it is the woman who makes the dress. READ NEXT:  The post.

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Fendi Unveils Limited Edition Croco Handbags Exclusively for the Middle East

Fendi’s Croco Sunshine Peekaboo handbag, photographed over a one of a kind artwork by Kevork Keshishan @iamdiamondsetter In celebration of the euphoric harmony woven between unreined creativity and treasures of the past,is launching a limited edition collection of its most iconic handbags this summer season. Aptly named the Croco Sunshine project, the storied Italian house has reimagined a selection of its forever-timeless it bags with specially-treated crocodile for an enlightening lesson in contemporary opulence. Dedicating the first drop exclusively to its Middle Eastern clientele, Fendi has embued seven special edition pieces of its coveted), each personalized artwork captures the centerpiece accessory’s unique story with vibrantly-hued patterns and intricately-detailed graphics with a flair of unmatched ingenuity. Fendi’s Croco Sunshine Baguette handbag photographed over a one of a kind artwork by Kevork Keshishan @iamdiamondsetter. Foregoing a traditional release schedule aligned with seasonal collections, future Croco Sunshine interpretations will be created solely on a sheer inspiration basis, debuting only when the studio is piqued by a noteworthy palette. Electing to fashion a rare number of each croco iteration and only displaying them to aspiring collectors through sketches hailing directly from the design studio, Fendi wraps each precious final arrival in an aura of mystery and undiluted anticipation. Although these first seven editions were specifically released to Fendi’s discerning clients in the Middle East—with three selling-out almost immediately after their unveiling—elite sartorialists on all corners of the globe can inquire about upcoming collections through one of Fendi’s international boutiques. Also Read: Fendi’s Croco Sunshine Baguette handbag photographed over a one of a kind artwork by Kevork Keshishan @iamdiamondsetter Lauded as a longtime cultural phenomenon, the Fendi Baguette has revolutionized the fashion industry since its first appearance back in 1997. The trendy shoulder bag originally reached star-status after is leaving no stone unturned, experimenting with new sizes, eclectic designs, and quality materials to continuously elevate the famous vintage accessory to new heights. Fendi’s Peekaboo has been receiving a similar savoir-faire treatment after quickly becoming one of the most sought-after highlights from the spring/summer 2009 collection. Transcending generations, the Peekaboo’s cult-favorite silhouette is reinvented season after season in visions championing everyday versatility and exquisite craftsmanship for any occasion or style preference. Regardless of the makeover, one aspect seems to ring true with each evolution of Fendi’s signature bags: An instantaneous top spot on any fashionista’s wishlist. Fendi’s Croco Sunshine Baguette handbag photographed over a one of a kind artwork by Kevork Keshishan @iamdiamondsetter Read Next: The post.

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Enjoy Exclusive Chef’s Table Menus at Abu Dhabi’s Top Restaurants This Month

Michelin-helmed French brasserie Fouquet’s is one of the 11 top restaurants participating in the first of this year’s Chef’s Table series. Photo courtesy of Fouquet’s. One of the most unforgettable parts of traveling is the chance to explore a foreign country’s unique culture through food. Although ongoing travel restrictions may limit such experiences for the time being, your taste buds can still jet off to far-flung destinations with exclusive dining events in and around the UAE capital this month. Helping to kick off the Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, 11 of the city’s most celebrated chefs are inviting local foodies to dine on carefully curated menus as part of the beloved Chef’s Table series. Centered on the theme “Travel Through Food”, this year’s Chef’s Table experience offers gastronomes the opportunity to sample an authentic smorgasbord of international cuisines across the emirate’s top restaurants for a different culinary journey any night of the week throughout August. Five hand-picked courses of native delicacies from Europe, Asia, and of course the Middle East are in-store depending on the eatery of choice, promising diners a selection of mouthwatering treats inspired by each of the chef’s diverse backgrounds. Whether you book a table at Michelin-star-helmed for a delectable trip to Italy or France, savor a fusion of Thai flavors at the St Regis Saadiyat Island’s Sontaya, or spice it up with modern Indian dishes at the Ritz-Carlton’s Punjab Grill, get ready to embark on a tasty adventure around the world in the heart of this burgeoning food capital. Other participating dining destinations include beachfront Levantine grill TEAN, L.A. hotspot BOA Steakhouse, award-winning Peruvian favorite COYA Abu Dhabi, Cantonese-street food highlight Dai Pai Dong, and much more. Also Read: Paired with this truly global affair is the chance to discover Abu Dhabi with special promotions geared at encouraging wanderlust-driven travelers a safe summer spent at home. Unearth hidden gems in your own backyard and indulge in a much-needed staycation with an array of Dine & Stay packages at the city’s best five-star resorts, complete with discounted rates and added amenities for a luxuriously effortless escape. With this being the first of five similar installments to be launched by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism for a year-round program of culinary activations, food connoisseurs can check back for updates on other gastronomical delights soon heading to the capital (and your awaiting palette)… Menus for the Chef’s Table series cover both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and are priced at AED 350 for 5 courses. For more information, click.  Read Next: The post.

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Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid Welcome a Rescue Puppy into Their Lives

Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid with their adopted puppy Dexter. Photo: Instagram/@dualipa Popstar were all smiles this weekend, as they posted a series of photos with their newly adopted rescue puppy — Dexter. “Our tiny best friend Dexter!!!” Lipa captioned the post. “Thank you @thelabellefoundation HE’S PERFECT.” Hadid also posted photos of Dexter via his Instagram and captioned them: “Our spirit companion came to us with a big number 7 on his chest.. some things are meant 2 be!!!!!!!! BIIG DEX,” he wrote in reference to Dexter’s white patch of fur. Mother-to-be Gigi Hadid also took to the comment section to gush over the latest addition to the family. “My nephew A VERY GOOD BOY DEXTO FROM ABOVE” In Lipa’s gallery, Dexter sports a blue fleece jacket in one, shows off his floppy ears with his new family in another and sunbathes in the third. Whereas, in Hadid’s, the little pup rides in a convertible, is seen snoozing on Hadid’s chest, and more. The British-Albanian and the part-Palestinian duo in 2019 and celebrated their one-year anniversary this June. They were first linked in the summer of 2019 when they were spotted at the British Summer Time Music Festival in London and later stepped out together at New York Fashion Week in September 2019. Two months later, they made their red carpet debut at the American Music Awards. The couple has been enjoying spending time quarantined together due to restrictions on movement amid the pandemic. In an interview, Lipa told Good Morning Britain “Both my boyfriend and I are quite used to making anywhere a home. We travel a lot, so this is fine. It’s been really, really good. We’re good at doing our things, then coming together when we want to watch a movie or play a game or do some painting or go on our daily walk.” Ever since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a huge increase in adoptions worldwide. The New Rules singer isn’t the only musician who has added a furry friend to her family during quarantine. also adopted one of the pitbull puppies she was fostering in April, Megan Thee Stallion welcomed a puppy named Dos, and Selena Gomez expanded her furry family with a pup named Daisey. Read Next: Dua Lipa And Anwar Hadid Give A Lesson In Couple Styling With Their Cutest Moments The post.

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11 Black Creatives Open Up About Representation in the Middle East

Black creatives based in the Middle East speak about big breaks, career highlights, and the work that still needs to be done to level the playing field. 00:00 / 00:00 Video View CountDo not alter this value. Validate Email The Middle East has always been a melting pot of cultures and religions. Many choose to live in the or in magazines. When they did appear, black women were never featured as the hero. As time went on, it became common to see token black actors or models, but there seemed to only be room for one. It was hard to shake the feeling that they had been offered a platform for any reason other than to tick a box. Over the years, in the region, equality among people of different races has progressed. Diversity and inclusion have become buzzwords used by brands, publications, and CEOs across various fields. Challenges arise when those conversations and social media posts need to be, educate, and affect change cannot be underestimated. Here, we highlight black creatives who are trailblazers, and, importantly, stand as leaders within their respective fields. Wafa Tajdin Kenyan producer/partner at The Factory Production Studio in the UAE and Seven Thirty Films in Kenya Wafa Tajdin (left) wears coat, skirt, Loewe; top, Stella Jean at Etoile La Boutique; shoes, Christian Dior. Amirah Tajdin jacket, dress, Osman; boots, Toga. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia A film producer with commercial,, narrative, and documentary work under her belt, Wafa Tajdin, who is of Swahili/Kenyan descent, grew up in Nairobi, Dubai, and Muscat. In 2009, her first short film was funded by Twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. On working in the region as a narrative film producer, she shares that though it’s still a white and male-dominated world, “I consider myself lucky to be living in a time when we get to see an actual hegemonic shift in these old power structures that are rooted in white elitism.” Reflecting on her career so far, she says that as a black woman with her background, it’s a slow process but it can happen. She believes that this latest so-called awakening might just be the change we’ve been waiting for. Amirah Tajdin Kenyan film and TV commercial director at The Factory Production Studio in the UAE and Seven Thirty Films in Kenya Being Afro-Omani, Amirah Tajdin’s family has always had ancestral ties to the region. A film and tv commercial director whose short film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, Tajdin says that being based in the region has given her the opportunity to helm campaigns that would have taken her much longer to land as a female director of color anywhere else in the world at her age. Regardless, she recognizes there’s work to be done. “It’s getting slowly better via platforms like free the work that fight for marginalized viability in the industry, but I know I’m still paid less than white male directors.” Last year, she was the only woman – and the only woman of color – nominated in the shorts category at the Tribeca x Awards. Dina Sheikhaddin Yassin Eritrean-American founder and creative director at East African streetwear brand Efro & Co, stylist, and art director Dina Sheikhaddin Yassin wears dress, Stella Jean at Etoile La Boutique; sunglasses, Gucci. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia Having lived in the Middle East on and off for 27 years, Dina Sheikhaddin Yassin – a creative who wears many hats, including designer, stylist, art director, writer, and consultant – got her break while assisting stylist Suzette Lavalle in New York. Work with, in the form of collaborations with Levi’s and the Idris foundation. Yassin confirms that she’s always had to work twice as hard to earn what she deserves because of the color of her skin. She feels that things are getting better in terms of inclusivity but there’s still a long way to go. “Our cultures are being adapted by people who don’t know much about them; they should just allow us to do what we know best.” Chanel Ayan Somali-American model Chanel Ayan wears top, pants, hat, belt, Dior. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia Recognized as the first black model in the Middle East, Chanel Ayan moved to Dubai in 2005 and considers the UAE her second home. When she arrived from New York, it was an eye-opening experience – the industry in Dubai had never worked with a black fashion model before. After struggling to break though, her first runway show was for Maison Valentino at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. She was selected by Kevin Oliver, a choreographer known for his diverse approach to hiring. Other career highlights include the Chanel Dubai cruise campaign, working alongside brand. Ayan says, “I try to stay positive, relevant, and leave long-lasting good impressions so that I can help open more doors for black and darker-skinned models in the region and globally.” Celia-Jane Ukwenya British fashion stylist and creative director Celia-Jane Ukwenya wears jumpsuit, ring, Givenchy and Hugo wears top, Om Baby. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia A move to Dubai from her native UK eight years ago wasn’t part of Celia-Jane Ukwenya’s plan. While on holiday, she was offered a job as a fashion and beauty editor at a regional magazine and decided to take the plunge. Now a freelance stylist and creative director, her packed portfolio includes work with.” Ukwenya also feels that people in positions of power need to open doors for the next generation. Saufeeya Goodson American content creator Saufeeya Goodson wears dress, Greta Constantine at Etoile La Boutique; headpiece, Incognid’Or. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia Saufeeya Goodson is grateful to have had the opportunity to rise and grow with Dubai for the past 15 years. A content creator, Goodson’s first photoshoot was with Alexi Lubomirski for his book Diverse Beauty. She has worked with Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John on a project for Teen Vogue. Today, Goodson is proud to have built a platform and engaged a community that fosters thought-provoking conversations in a safe space. She is aware that her look doesn’t always fit the Eurocentric beauty standards that many brands uphold in their campaigns, yet she is positive about the progress within her industry. “I hope women like myself continue to break down doors for others to come up and have better opportunities in the future.” Blessing John Asiko Nigerian model Blessing John Asiko wears jumpsuit, Chanel. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia Recognizing that there were opportunities for her in the region, Blessing John Asiko decided to move to Dubai from Nigeria to pursue her modeling career. In the past two years, she has worked with Gucci,,” she shares. “We are supposed to be judged for our professionalism, not our color.” Yet having worked with fellow creative and inspiring people in the industry, Asiko looks forward to what the future holds. Selina Adéjokè Dixon Nigerian-British PR and communications professional Selina Dixon wears jumpsuit, Elisabetta Franchi. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia A sense of adventure brought Selina Adéjokè Dixon to Dubai 11 years ago when she decided to leave a job in London at an e-commerce site to take up a position at Boutique 1. She has since worked with several high-profile brands on projects, including the. Dixon remarks that because of her “white-sounding” name (when she doesn’t use her middle name), there have been times when she could see the shock on the faces of people interviewing her. She adds that racism is not just an American or British problem, it definitely exists here in this region. “Being an ally for people of color in this industry goes beyond posting a black box on your social media for a day and going about your business. It is a long-term commitment.” Also Read: Izu Ani British chef patron and entrepreneur Izu Ani wears shirt, pants, Prada. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia Izu Ani came to Dubai from London 10 years ago to open LPM, at a time when the region didn’t have mature brands and there was a lack of good eateries. According to the Nigerian-born, British chef patron, being based in the Middle East allows anyone who has the work ethic, ambition, and drive to get somewhere quickly, as opposed to Europe, where you have to wait a long time for an opportunity, even if you’re very good. Cognizant of his status and ability to change what has been – and, in some cases, continues to be – the norm, he says, “in my restaurants, no matter what color or nationality you are, if you do the same job, you earn the same pay.” An entrepreneur with several successful restaurant concepts, Ani considers the highlight of his career the chance to encourage others to strive for more within themselves. Also Read: Monbelle British CEO, Those Guys Events Monbelle wears jacket, pants, Iris & Ink. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia A British national of Caribbean and Ivorian heritage, Monbelle moved to Dubai from Cheltenham in the UK to work at a big hotel and didn’t get out much to see the city. She left to work at a smaller events and entertainment company and it was there that she started to grow and build her own network of creatives. As well as executing events all over the world, Monbelle launched a clubbing brand, Afrocentric. The monthly afro house and afrobeat night is 100% black-owned and features international and local DJs. Despite her success, Monbelle says that being a woman of color in a male-oriented industry and region is hard. “I don’t see us represented at awards ceremonies and we’re barely in the press getting the recognition we deserve. Things are not changing.” Augusta Quaynor British fashion film director Augusta Quaynor wears dress, Louis Vuitton. Photographed by Mann for Vogue Arabia Augusta Quaynor moved to Abu Dhabi from London with her family in 2009, at 16. After gaining a degree in television production in the UK, she returned to the UAE in 2014, to pursue her filmmaking career. Being based in Dubai has allowed her to work and collaborate with and learn from talent from all over the world. Her big break was an editorial film for. Speaking about how people in positions of privilege can support black creatives, she comments, “A true ally must be able to adapt and rework what they believe to be correct and become comfortable being uncomfortable.” Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia Photography Mann
Creative director Celia-Jane Ukwenya
Hair Olive Jeanne
Makeup Toni Malt
Producer Laura Prior
Set Designer Sam Francis
Photography Assistant Aaliya Bekova
Style Assistants Nebal El Assaad, Fabiana Lolli
Makeup Assistants Diana Tinean, Anastasia Yakshina, Adriana Nuno
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5 Easy Steps to Master Glowing Skin by the End of the Week

Photographer Angelo D’Agostino for Vogue Arabia March 2018 When it comes to beauty and achieving your yet, there are countless products and pieces of advice pushing you in every direction. Sometimes, especially during the summer when things slow down you just want to keep things simple. Here are five key skin tips from Lancôme Regional Skincare Expert Hiba Souki to ensure you achieve a glowing complexion. Drink water. No less than eight cups per day. This is the first step in keeping your skin glowing and radiant. Exercise. Workout a minimum of 30 minutes daily to stimulate the blood circulation and push the oxygen to your skin. De-stress. Do this daily by pampering your skin in the morning and evening using a proper moisturizer that suits your skin. I recommend by Lancôme as it contains 96% natural ingredients like Aloe Vera and Rose Water that hydrates, soothes, and de-stress your skin. This means immediate glow and a soft to the touch dermis. Clean Up. Never go to sleep with your makeup on. Cleansing your skin morning and evening can keep away everything from blackheads to aging. After cleansing your skin at night apply Advanced Génifique Concentrate Serum enriched with seven pre and probiotics, follow the same routine in the morning. This serum in just seven days can improve skin radiance and brightness. After finishing one bottle all signs of aging will appear diminished and your skin’s youthful appearance will have visibly improved. Eat Right. Try to eat as healthy as possible. Focus on foods enriched with anti-oxidant properties and vitamins like B12 and vitamin K. Read Next: The post.

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This Iconic Egyptian Actor is Being Honored by Today’s Google Doodle

Bahiga Hafez in Zeinab Born in Alexandria,-based illustrator, Mariam ElReweny, and will appear to Google-users based in the GCC, Lebanon, Iraq, and North Africa. One of Egypt’s first multi-hyphenate stars, Hafez was a screenwriter, as well as a composer, director, editor, producer, and of course, actress. Having earned a degree in music composition in Paris, the actress released her debut album in 1930, before moving to Cairo and landing the lead role in Mohammed Karim’s silent drama, Zeinab. Portrayed the helplessness of a woman separated from love on account of her family, the movie compelled audiences across the country with its poignant storytelling and cinematic thrills. Hafez, in addition to playing the role of the protagonist, also composed the soundtrack, which went on to be re-released in 1935 as “talkie,” including verbal dialogue. Bahiga Hafez’s Google Doodle. Courtesy of Google Following the success of Zeinab, Hafez went on to establish her own production company, the Fanar Film Company. A groundbreaking move on her part, the company was founded with husband Mahmoud Hamdi and went on to produce the silent film Al Dahaya in 1932. In addition to once again playing the lead role, Hafez also served as co-director, producer, editor, costume designer, and composer. Having completed her first solo directorial title, Layla al-Badawiyya in 1944, Hafez went on to produce myriad titles through the Fanar Film Company. In a statement outlining her significant contribution to the arts, Google says, “her work helped pave the way for the start of what is widely considered Egyptian cinema’s golden age in the 1940s, and she is depicted in the doodle artwork wearing a costume inspired by the many opulent wardrobes she designed from this era of film.” Read Next: The post.

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Exclusive: Meet the Rising Superstar Sisters Starring in Fendi’s Newest Peekaboo Campaign

Sister singing act Chloe x Halle star in Fendi’s newest #MeAndMyPeekaboo campaign. Photo courtesy of Fendi You may not have heard of Chloe and Halle Bailey just yet but you will soon enough. These up-and-coming superstars are the newest sister act to join Fendi’s illustrious #MeAndMyPeekaboo family, starring in the iconic handbag’s latest campaign championing the “unbreakable” bond of sisterhood. The young songstresses who go by Chloe x Halle have the stamp of approval from none other than Beyoncé herself and are credited as being trailblazing voices for their generation not only because of their hit R&B tracks but also because of their penchant for activism, making them the ideal choice to be the Italian maison’s next faces. “#MeAndMyPeekaboo celebrates the intimate family relationships that represent inseparable bonds,” shared Fendi creative director, “and there is no more visible pair of sisters right now than Chloe x Halle.” Conceived and shot entirely in Chloe x Halle’s Los Angeles home during the lockdown period, the latest chapter of the ongoing #MeAndMyPeekaboo video series—which has previously featured three generations of the Kardashian clan—is a joyful ode to summer and the special love found between family. Donning Fendi’s retro Pre-fall 2020 collection and touting chic variations of the next, yet-to-be-released Peekaboo, Chloe and Halle enjoy a stylish—and enviable—backyard celebration together as their newly-released power anthem Busy Boy plays overhead. Pairing boldly glamorous looks with an unapologetic sense of self-confidence, the rising music duo is an unstoppable force of contemporary creativity with which to be reckoned. Find out more about the inspiration driving Chloe and Halle’s creative journey, what it’s like for the siblings to achieve fame side-by-side, and their favorite ways to style Fendi’s signature accessory in an exclusive interview below. 00:00 / 00:00 Video View CountDo not alter this value. Validate Email Why did you decide to take part in this project? What are your feelings about it? Since we can remember, we have always been huge fans of the Fendi brand. Fendi is the perfect mixture of classy and sexy, and we were more than happy to be a part of this project. What was the inspiration for this video? Tell us about your creative process? This video was inspired by a song off of our new album called Busy Boy. With the playful lyrics, we wanted to mix dreamy scenery to compliment the song and the playfulness of the Peekaboo bag. Filming content during quarantine is so much fun because it allows you to be extra creative, and in this case, we got to shoot every scene from home in our backyard. The Peekaboo is all about family. What is it like to work side by side as sisters? Working side by side as sisters is truly a blessing. Constantly having someone by your side, who is going through the same journey as you, is comforting and so very important. Especially when you’re in the limelight and sharing your life with so many people, having someone there to hold your hand along the way is refreshing. Also Read: As sisters, do you have similar or very different styles? Do you inspire each other? As sisters, even though in some ways we are similar, we are mostly opposites of each other. We have very different everyday and going-out styles. We think our differences really complement one another, and are the perfect contrast when it comes to our art and creativity. What is your favorite way to style your Peekaboo? Honestly, there is not just one favorite way for us to style our Peekaboo. What we love about the Peekaboo is how universal it is, we can literally wear it with anything. Of course, it looks absolutely amazing with a beautiful going out dress, but also could look great wearing an everyday denim look. What advice would you give to your followers on navigating these times and taking action? Definitely try to remain hopeful and positive during these times. With everything going on in the world, it’s so easy to get down and give in to the uncertainty of the future. But this year 2020 is not over yet, and through the darkest times, come the most beautiful sunrises. Don’t be afraid to continue speaking up for justice, and for what’s right. Let’s make the future generations proud of us. What can we expect to see from you in the next few months? What are you most excited about? In the next few months, you can expect exciting new performances, new visuals to songs off of our new album Ungodly Hour, and so much more. We can’t wait for the future. The Peekaboo’s most recent makeover includes a new accordion-frame silhouette with interchangeable inside pockets that can be personalized with one’s initials. After debuting alongside the fall/winter 2020-21 collection presentation in February, the it-bag will finally be available in-stores from August onwards.  Read Next: The post.

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Artists Are Now Making Masks as Merch

Photo: Courtesy of Lady Gaga/@ladygaga It didn’t take long for fashion brands to recognize that, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and more have all uploaded photos of themselves wearing coverings that not only protect themselves and others, but also stay true to their personal style. And now we’re seeing the next evolution in this celebrity trend. Artists are producing “merch masks” to encourage wearing them while also promoting their new music. Photo: Courtesy of Katy Perry/@katyperry A quick peruse of the e-stores of artists who have dropped new music this year (stars who have recently dropped music often release accompanying merch) proves the trend is growing. Lady Gaga’s are on board too. From left: mask merch from The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande/Justin Bieber. Photo: Courtesy of artists The majority of celebrity merch masks do not go to charitable causes, though most of them come with CDC guidelines about safe ways to wear them. However, a few artists are using their merch masks for good. Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber Covid-19 relief efforts. If your first instinct is to scream “Capitalism!” think about why selling masks is a clever move. First, if you’re shopping for anything, nothing is more practical than buying a mask. And if you love an artist, wearing them on your face is pretty much the ultimate display of love, and these artists know their most die-hard fans will partake. They are also a more affordable piece to buy versus the pricier hoodies or T-shirts. And ultimately, it’s a memento of the era. Read Next: How to Avoid Breakouts When Wearing Face Masks Originally published on The post.

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12 Wardrobe Essentials For That Stylish Eid Staycation

Rave Review Hatty floral cotton terry-towelling hat at Matchesfashion.com 'AED 1,695'Buy Now Serpui raffia fringed bag at Farfetch.com 'AED 643'Buy Now Miu Miu Gingham Cotton Poplin Dress at Ounass 'AED 8,160'Buy Now Mango Croc effect heel sandals 'AED 169'Buy Now Dior White Cotton And Linen T-Shirt With ‘J’Adior 8’ Print 'AED 2,900'Buy Now Bottega Veneta Orange Leather Pouch at Level Shoes 'AED 10,150'Buy Now MGSM Pleated Floral-Print midi skirt at The Outnet 'AED 1,524'Buy Now Gucci Purple Square Sunglasses 'AED 1,330'Buy Now Dolce and Gabbana Crossed top in mixed with fruit and leopard print 'AED 3,982'Buy Now Amina Muaddi Lupita PVC Sandals at MyTheresa 'AED 2,110'Buy Now Burberry Short Sleeve Monogram Print Cotton Shirt 'AED 2,350'Buy Now Celine Strap Sandal in Metalized Calfskin 'AED 2,200'Buy Now Rave Review Hatty floral cotton terry-towelling hat at Matchesfashion.com 'AED 1,695'Buy Now Serpui raffia fringed bag at Farfetch.com 'AED 643'Buy Now Miu Miu Gingham Cotton Poplin Dress at Ounass 'AED 8,160'Buy Now Mango Croc effect heel sandals 'AED 169'Buy Now Dior White Cotton And Linen T-Shirt With ‘J’Adior 8’ Print 'AED 2,900'Buy Now Bottega Veneta Orange Leather Pouch at Level Shoes 'AED 10,150'Buy Now MGSM Pleated Floral-Print midi skirt at The Outnet 'AED 1,524'Buy Now Gucci Purple Square Sunglasses 'AED 1,330'Buy Now Dolce and Gabbana Crossed top in mixed with fruit and leopard print 'AED 3,982'Buy Now Amina Muaddi Lupita PVC Sandals at MyTheresa 'AED 2,110'Buy Now Burberry Short Sleeve Monogram Print Cotton Shirt 'AED 2,350'Buy Now Celine Strap Sandal in Metalized Calfskin 'AED 2,200'Buy NowWith just around the corner and summer finally in full swing, a long weekend makes the perfect time to enjoy a much-needed break in a wardrobe tailored to suit your off-duty mood. If your original summer travel plans are on hold, there’s still options closer to home that are primed for exploration and relaxation – serene that may only be 20 minutes away. The most successful way to convince yourself you are on a faraway vacation? Actively dress for the occasion. There is no shame in indulging in the perfect bucket hat or and Azza Slimane can attest to this in their playful wardrobe choices for the tropics. Coordinate outfits to suit your itinerary. Sunset drinks calls for a chiffon midi skirt or tiered maxi dress, daytime lounging or a spot of sightseeing requires shade in the form of a raffia sun hat, and those special occasion dinners? Only a Dolce & Gabbana silk halter top will do. For a beach day don’t skip out on raffia shoppers big enough to fit books, SPF and lounging essentials. In fact, for any planned sandy days tap Mykonian beach vibes with accessories in natural fibers. Matching loungewear sets, such as those offered by, create an effortless yet composed ensemble when dressing up can feel too demanding. Yes, making a sartorial effort can feel too much when the point of a vacation is to switch off completely but subtle fashion choices can enhance your experience. While the distance you travel may be compromised for the time being, the environment you create for yourself doesn’t have to be. Read Next: The Ultimate Eid Al Adha Gift Guide for the Discerning Woman The post.

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Some of the UAE’s Best Spas to Unwind at This Long Weekend

Photographed by Elizaveta Porodina for Vogue Arabia, September 2019. The long weekend is almost here and if you’re looking to kick back and watch the sun go down on the Arabian Gulf while getting a relaxing massage to melt away your stress, then look no further. Here’s our round-up of the best spas and their treatments to indulge in this weekend. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Courtesy of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a unique one if you want an experience where every sense is indulged and every minute is focused on you and your needs. their state of the art indulgent VIP suite – Sea Jewel, coupled with stellar cobalt sea views – is the perfect weekend treat to the self. Recommended treatment: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental has partnered with globally renowned – an international wellness clinic specializing in intravenous therapy, to offer guests and members a diverse selection of VitaDrip® infusions that enhance wellbeing and boost energy. ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Courtesy of ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm Lose yourself in a haven of tranquility at the award-winning ShuiQi Spa. Atlantis, The Palm’s ShuiQi Spa is now open, following a deep sanitization of all areas. Many of its rejuvenating treatments are being offered with a 30 percent discount for Dubai residents, including massages, nails, hair, facials, and more. An all-day pool pass is also included. Recommended treatment: The Sublime Illumination. This bespoke treatment will start with a Peppermint Tea Ritual and Foot Soak. Body peeling will then commence with the combination of glycolic and lactic acid followed by a plumping and hydrating Biometric facial including a luminous hand and foot mask and scalp massage. The Rainforest at The Ritz Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah Courtesy of The Ritz Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah The Rainforest combines culture with Middle Eastern bathing rituals, creating a rejuvenating sanctuary in the middle of the Arabian desert. The experience includes 16 different stations, and guests are encouraged to follow the mapped sequence and to allow time for the body to cool, whether naturally or with the Ice Igloo or showers, after completing a warm station. Recommended treatment: Rainforest Rejuvenation. Indulge in a spa day out, by heading to a rejuvenating sanctuary inclusive of the one-of-a-kind hydrothermal Rainforest experience. Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont, Dubai Courtesy of The Fairmont, Dubai The Spa at Fairmont Dubai has recently reopened to offer respite from the hustle and the heat of the city with a brand new deal. Not only will you get full-day access to the Sunrise and Sunset pools, but you will only pay half price for any 60 or 90-minute massage. The appointment has to be made between 12:30pm and 3:30pm and the offer is only available from Thursday to Saturday. Recommended treatment:  Aromatherapy Relaxation Massage. This gentle intensity massage combines the power of Aromatherapy oils (choose from a selected collection) to suit your mood and is designed to increase circulation and promote relaxation, using long, smooth strokes to relax the muscles and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system. Read Next: 10 Kaftans to Nail Breezy Summer Style The post.

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Fenty Skin’s First Products Are Here, and We Have All the Details

Courtesy of Fenty Skin Fenty Skin is dropping it’s debut collection and the brand’s initial three-product offering includes a cleanser, toner-serum, and a moisturizer with SPF 30. Here’s everything you need to know about the beauty brand… “Drop the skin-care routine.” It’s the phrase you see in the comments of nearly every photo on social media of someone with glowing skin, whether it’s normal folks like you and I, or uber-famous celebrities like for us to buy so we can follow in her footsteps. Since.” Courtesy of Fenty Skin So, up until now, we knew that Riri was launching a skin-care line with gender-neutral branding. Today, we know so much more since she’s given us a first look at the initial product launch for. And it looks like Miss Thing is intent on changing the current conversation around skincare as is it now. These days, it’s not uncommon for folks to have daily skin-care routines that include multiple serums, exfoliants of the physical and chemical variety, essences, spot treatments, and at least two different kinds of cleansers. That’s cool and all, but it’s not the vibe Rihanna’s going for. The singer is ushering in a “new culture” of skincare, and this one far less fussy. The first drop for the new brand is a trio of products called Fenty Skin Start’rs. It includes the Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser ($25 or AED/SAR92), the Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum ($28 or AED/SAR102), and the Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer ($35 or AED/SAR128). Courtesy of Fenty Skin The offering is streamlined because each product is a multitasker, so you can get skincare done quickly. The hydrating cleanser doubles as a makeup remover, starting off as a creamy pink confection that lathers up once you get it going. It’s made with Barbados cherry (appropriate), which is packed with skin-brightening vitamin C, as well as oil-controlling ginko biloba and antioxidant-rich, soothing green tea. Your skin will feel good and you will feel good knowing you helped the environment — the packaging is made from 40 percent Post-Consumer Recycled materials. Next in the Skin Start’rs three-step system is the Fat Water Pore Refining Toner Serum. It does just about everything you would expect of a hybrid product like this, perfectly prepping your skin for moisturizer. It works to make your pores appear smaller, your complexion brighter, and helps to fade dark spots. It’s got collagen-stimulating niacinamide, witch hazel to neutralize excess oils, and cactus flower for a super-hydrating feel. Because of its texture, it’s best to pat it in with your fingers, as opposed to using a cotton pad — no unnecessary waste here. Courtesy of Fenty Skin The final product is the Hydra Vizor Invisible moisturizer, which contains SPF 30. No need to layer on face cream and then sunscreen — this is the girl that does both. The product was formulated for all skin types, which means no white cast on those rich, melanated complexions. This one’s got Kalahari melon (which is full of antioxidants) and niacinamide to give you a boost of vitamin B3 for that bright, glowing finish. It also comes in refillable packaging, so when you run out, you can just pop a new $30-dollar cartridge right in. Granted, genetics plays a big part in what your skin looks like, but if these three products bring us even an inch closer to having skin as flawless as Rih’s, it’s money well spent. Now if you don’t mind us, we’ll be sitting here counting down the second ’til Fenty Skin’s official launch on July 31. Read Next: Originally published on Allure.com The post.

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Eastwave is the Latest Virtual Pop-Up Supporting Arab Talent

Aliel accessories brand. Courtesy Eastwave Titled “Eastwave,” a new virtual pop-up supporting 16 established and emerging designers from the Middle East and North African regions launches today. Hosted by Maison Orient (founded by Ayse Arel), and the brainchild of Christian Daccache (Bureau des Créateurs, Beirut), Dana Mortada (Fashion Collective, Los Angeles), and Judy Daghestani (LFHM, Dubai), its curated selection of brands features bespoke and artisanal craft from the Arab world spanning ready-to-wear and jewelry. Global customers will be served via free international shipping. “Eastwave Concept was created during these tough times, to support and help our regional talents in reaching global audiences and customers,” states Daccache. Via the virtual pop-up, he expresses that along with collaborators it aims to grow and export the talents regionally and globally. Of their own personal approaches that are ever-more revolving around storytelling, designers comment, “I consider my jewelry as one medium for communicating what it means to be young, Arab, and proud,” considers Dubai-based, fine jewelry designer Bil Arabi designer Nadine Kanso. Meanwhile Yassmin Saleh, shares of her eponymous label’s ethos, “The love for storytelling, the need to raise awareness on taboo subjects in the Arab world, the art of craftsmanship, and the conscious for ethical garments.” Discover all the brands sold through the Eastwave pop-up and their founders in the gallery  below. Aliel Aliel Aliel Aliel Leila Abotira. Aliel Aliel Yassmin Saleh Yassmin Saleh Yassmin Saleh Yassmin Saleh Yassmin Saleh Yassmin Saleh Nemozena Nemozena Nemozena Nemozena Ammanii Ammanii Ammanii Ammanii Amany Shaker. Ammanii Amany Shaker. Ammanii Aura Aura Carolina Chammas. Aura Carolina Chammas. Aura Zaid Farouki Zaid Farouki Zaid Farouki Zaid Farouki Zaid Farouki Zaid Farouki Rula Galayini Rula Galayini Rula Galayini Rula Galayini Sara Melki Sara Melki Sara Melki Sara Melki Sara Melki Sara Melki Jessica K Jessica K Jessica K Jessica K Jessica K Jessica K L'Atelier Nawbar L'Atelier Nawbar L'Atelier Nawbar L'Atelier Nawbar Dima and Tania Nawbar. L'Atelier Nawbar. Dima and Tania Nawbar. L'Atelier Nawbar. BLSSD BLSSD BLSSD BLSSD Lama Riachi. BLSSD Lama Riachi. BLSSD Rula Galayini Rula Galayini Jeux de Mains Jeux de Mains Jeux de Mains Jeux de Mains Salim Cherfane. Jeux de Mains Salim Cherfane. Jeux de Mains Roni Helou Roni Helou Roni Helou Roni Helou Roni Helou Roni Helou Talar Nina Talar Nina Bil Arabi Bil Arabi Bil Arabi Bil Arabi Nadine Kanso. Bil Arabi Nadine Kanso. Bil Arabi Mrs Keepa Mrs Keepa Mrs Keepa Mrs Keepa Mariam Yeya. Mrs Keepa Mariam Yeya. Mrs Keepa Talar Nina Talar Nina Talar Nina Talar Nina 1 Aliel, Egypt
Founded in 2017 by Egyptian designer Leila Abo Tira, Aliel goes by the slogan “creative possessions expressed in art.” While attention to detail and fine finish are a constant of the Aliel brand, there is no standard signature in the designs, each collection is different and unique. Ammanii Jewelry, Egypt-US
Raised with a passion and eye for jewelry design, CEO and chief designer Amany Shaker, who is of Egyptian heritage, has always been fascinated by the ancient Egyptian civilization. “Each design is an ambassador of peace to tell an empowering story of connection and hope,” she says. Aura Headpieces, Lebanon
Founded by Carolina Chammas in 2012, Aura Headpieces revolves around a fusion of cultures. “If you look at important women in history, most of them wore jewelry on their head,” says Chammas. Bil Arabi, UAE
As a noted photographer and award-winning high jewelry designer, Beirut-born and Dubai-dwelling Nadine Kanso is one of contemporary Arabia’s creative ambassadors. Be it her calligraphy-inspired precious adornments or gritty artworks depicting  Middle Eastern life today, her message remains constant. Blssd, UAE
BLSSD is a fashion-centered design practice based in Dubai and Beirut. A daring, innovative spirit and fresh, experimental style lies at the heart of its creative approach. As a trans-seasonal, fashion-purpose label that supports individuals touched by cancer, it embraces streetwear’s take on originality and combines it with a sense of luxury. Jessica K, Lebanon
A contemporary womenswear label, founded by Lebanese designer Jessica Khoueiri Achkar, Jessica K was created in 2010 with women of today in mind, wherever they may be. The label boasts a collection of confident feminine and refined silhouettes; urban elegance with a touch of rock n’ roll. Jeux de Mains, Lebanon
Salim Cherfane sees the world in color. He collages bold hues, loud patterns, and clean cuts, creating versatile ready-to-wear compositions that are graphic and fun. Design makes him happy and he would like to pay that forward by creating pieces that make people shine. “Jeux de Mains” is his first fashion label. L’Atelier Nawbar, Lebanon
All that glittered was gold for Dima and her younger sister Tania, playing in their father’s jewelry shop in London, crisscrossing between two continents. Their lineage of master jewelers dates back to 1891, when their great-great-grandfather opened the first boutique in Beirut’s famed gold ‘souk.’ The sisters are now the fourth generation of Nawbar jewelers, reinventing history and taking cues from their unique personal stories. Mrs Keepa, UAE
Mrs. Keepa is a ready-to-wear brand launched in 2016 by Egyptian-French designer Mariam Yeya. It has since been captivating a growing audience with its contemporary and exaggerated silhouettes. The brand is known for its avant-garde approach inspired by vintage. Nemozena, UAE
Born and based in Dubai, the Nemozena story has roots in the heart of Italy. From first sketch to final stitch, garments are designed and produced entirely in Milan from the finest fabrics. Through fine construction, transformable designs offer versatility while the newly launched Travel Edit is made for the woman on-the-go. Rula Galayini, UAE
Rula Galayini is a reflection of the woman who wears it: strong, edgy, and sensual; a power-bag and a contemporary statement piece. Her collections are designed for the everyday, and tailored for the surprises that one never expects. With its playful metal work, buttery leathers, streamlined geometric designs and contrasting colors, her bags are as distinct and remarkable as the women who carry them. Talar Nina, UAE
Talar Nina specializes in women’s ready-to-wear pieces using unique embroidered and woven textiles that have been crafted to create a garment that can transition from day to night over years to come. The Armenian designer also works philanthropically with a percentage of profits donated to the ‘Moving Forward’ Center for children in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri, Along with making sure her clothes are created by Armenians, from Yerevan to Beirut. Roni Helou, Lebanon
A luxury ready-to-wear designer based in Beirut, Roni Helou was born in Lebanon in 1992. In 2016, and upon his graduation from Creative Space Beirut- a free, progressive fashion school that offers design education- Roni showcased his collections at Fashion Forward Dubai for two seasons with Starch Foundation. Today the brand is all about sustainability, free education, and animal rights. Sara Melki, Lebanon
Gypsy in her soul, Sara Melki enjoys style mixing. She is known for her combinations of ethnic influences, refined materials, and graphic cuts. Her elaborate outfits, always enhanced by beautiful accessories and “couture” details, create smart yet very modern looks. Yassmin Saleh, Lebanon
Yassmin Saleh offers luxury ready -to-wear for women who appreciate a good discussion behind a piece of clothing. Each season, a subtle narrative that tackles a modern-day socio-psychological phenomenon is translated into a collection of garments that appeal to women who value slow-fashion, high-quality sourced clothing, and craftsmanship. Zaid by Zaid Farouki, UAE
Zaid Farouki is a creator by nature. Since all of his wearable art dresses are hand painted by himself, they are first and foremost pieces of wearable art. A spinoff of his creative house, Zaid Farouki, Zaid by Zaid Farouki is a contemporary label which is bold and unconventional and representative of a new, globalized world. READ NEXT: The post.

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Huda Kattan Will Make an Appearance on Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s Quibi Show

Huda Kattan photographed by Domen / Van de Velde for Vogue Arabia Huda Kattan is set to take part in. The six-part show, About Face, will discuss business development and entrepreneurship in the beauty industry. Along with Kattan and Jenner, Huntington-Whiteley will also be joined by Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss; celebrity makeup artist Sir John; celebrity hairstylist and founder of The Ouai, Jen Atkin; and South Korean beauty influencer Park Hye-min. Huntington-Whiteley’s series was announced in December last year. The model is an executive producer on the show, alongside Lily Berg. Also working on the project is Alfred Street Industries which is the production company behind Project Runway. Set to premiere on August 10, this new beauty-based show will “introduce you to a new generation of moguls creating beauty empires”, Huntington-Whitely previously said in an interview for the launch of the series. It is expected that the model will “get up close and personal with beauty industry trailblazers”, giving insights into product breakthroughs and game-changing items. Kattan will be representing her region with her world-renowned Dubai-based brand, which also has bases in London and Los Angeles. The namesake Huda Beauty brand was launched in 2013 along with her sisters and husband, offering a range of false eyelashes three years after Kattan launched her blog. Launched in April this year, Quibi is an American short-form streaming platform where all of the shows are fewer than ten minutes per episode. Quibi is also home to content from Chrissy Teigen, Idris Elba, Joe Jonas, Reese Witherspoon, and Kevin Hart. The service costs USD 4.99 (AED 18) a month with advertisements and USD 7.99 for ad-free viewing. Read Next: Sister Act: Huda and Mona Kattan Share on Building Their Billion Dollar Empire as a Family The post.

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Kristina Fidelskaya Fall 2020 is Inspired by this Al Pacino Film

Kristina Fidelskaya Fall 2020. Courtesy Kristina Fidelskaya In one of many eye candy scenes in the drama Bobby Deerfield (1977), actor Marthe Keller strolls along a Florentine street arm-in-arm with the leading man, a young and handsome Al Pacino. His character, a famous race car driver, is dressed in a three-piece suit and aviator glasses. She is equally chic in a cream dress with skinny belt and a jacket slung over her shoulder. It’s an urban style that implies a mood. Sophisticated yet relaxed and on-the-go. They are connected yet aloof. Such scenes are the fertile soil for the Dubai-based Fall 2020 collection, which lends from the movie and its book Heaven has no Favorites by Erich Maria Remarque, which she read as a child. “The love they shared, the journey they made, to me, is a dream,” she says. From this was born a leather jumpsuit; dresses with a racing green, yellow, and cognac-colored print; roomy jackets nipped at the waist, with utilitarian pockets; and elegant, modest dresses, flipping in the wind. Established in 2014, in Dubai, where its flagship is located, the eponymous ready-to-wear label has made headways in Paris, showing during fashion week since 2017 and recognized by the Fédération de la haute couture et de la mode. The techniques sometimes cross over into couture, with the Fall collection boasting rich textures like quilted nappa, fringed nubuck suede, tulle, feathers, cashmere, and silk, appealing to empowered, feminine dressers. Kristina Fidelskaya Fall 2020. Courtesy Kristina Fidelskaya Kristina Fidelskaya Fall 2020. Courtesy Kristina Fidelskaya Fidelskaya, who was raised on the Crimean coast, started making clothes at the age of 11, having grown up watching her mother make all her pieces. She went on to study fashion at Esmod. “I never had the idea or dream of becoming a designer at that time, it was so far from my reality,” she reveals. “However, it has been my passion from a young age, which developed very naturally.” Fashion has always prided itself on being so forward facing, perhaps now, more than ever, we are remembering the quiet pleasures of the past, as we eagerly await to bring them to life again into our everyday. “I aspire to see my vision and message accepted, valued, and loved,” says Fidelskaya. “Creating is about emotion and energy, to give and get, constantly.” She shares that she hopes her brand will become “top of mind in the fashion industry,” as one that actively contributes, challenges, and does something different, and deserving of a place in the world of tomorrow.”  KristinaFidelskaya.com Designer Kristina Fidelskaya READ NEXT
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Glowy Skin Looks to Perfect for the Long Weekend Ahead

When it comes to the for your long weekend look. Sun Kissed Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo gives us a 101 in bronzing with Jennifer Lopez. Complimenting the J Lo glow he teams the look with a metallic smoky eye and peach pout. First Light Makeup artist Bassam Fattouh shows off the power of his Strobing Highlighters on Cynthia Samuel. Use just one shade or mix and match. Golden Girl Makeup artist Ash K Holm shows off a glowy beauty look on Kaia Gerber. Matching the highlight on her cheekbones to the inner corner of her eyes offers an ethereal vibe. Code Yellow Beauty influencer Yara Alnamlah matches a flush of blush and highlight with a pop of color on her eyes. Be brave with a single vivid shade and finish with a few coats of mascara. A Flush of Blush Makeup icon Hala Ajam shows how a sweep of blush can transform any beauty look. Start on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards working with complementary shades on the eyes and lips. Read Next: Is Water Damaging Your Hair? The post.

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Watch This Emirati Female Footballer Break a Guinness World Record

UAE women’s national football team player Areej Al Hammadi breaks the Guinness World Record for most ‘hotstepper’ ball control tricks in one minute. Photo: Instagram/@areej.alhammadi13 In yet another, female Emirati footballer Areej Al Hammadi made history while continuing to topple gender norms when she broke a Guinness World Record with her impressive footwork last month. The UAE women’s national football team player is now the official titleholder for most “hotstepper” ball control tricks in one minute, a rapid move that requires a fluid motion of alternative-foot ball taps nonstop for 60 seconds. Al Hammadi completed an extraordinary 86 repetitions of the trick on July 10 in Dubai, far surpassing the 56 repetitions previously set in March in the UK. Taking to Instagram to share the milestone achievement over the weekend, Al Hammadi wrote a short yet fitting lyrical parody of the iconic hip-hop hit Here Comes the Hot Stepper to announce the news and thanked her support system for helping her accomplish this goal. ” Here comes the hotstepper, murderer//I’m a football gangster, murderer,” wrote Al Hammadi. “I’m so happy to say I’m officially a #guinnessworldrecord title holder for most “hotstepper” football tricks in one minute – new record 86! BOOM!” Also Read: Growing up in the region, there weren’t many opportunities for Al Hammadi to play football as a kid but that that didn’t stop her from taking matters into her own hands and creating her own teams during her school years. “I kept practicing and training on my own, even though I didn’t have the opportunity when I was young to play for a team or anything like that. I just wanted to be a good football player,” she said in a video shared by the Guinness organization. After playing the sport for most of her life, Al Hammadi was selected to join the UAE women’s national team and became one of the top footballers in the Arab world. Her motivating force? Passion. “Football is my passion and I can’t point out exactly what got me into the sport but ever since I was a kid, I was hooked…I enjoy learning and I enjoy practicing and improving my skills and technique.” Channeling that ambitious drive and independent spirit during the recent lockdown period, Al Hammadi took it upon herself to learn a brand-new skill. Although the young Emirati athlete hadn’t even heard of hotstepping until recently, Al Hammadi approached the challenge with a similar can-do attitude and after only three weeks of watching tutorial videos and training, Al Hammadi managed to not only master hot-stepping but also become a world-best on an outdoor pavement in Mirdif. “Covid-19 curfew had a massive impact on the sports industry, from gym closures to teams stopped from group training, but I wanted to do something special,” explained Al Hammadi in a statement. “I managed to break the record following a week of practice but wanted to raise the bar on this record title to keep it, at least for a while.” With football still being a male-dominated industry, Al Hammadi is no stranger to overcoming expectations and changing perceptions of. “Courage to pursue your own goals is a key, but with focus and commitment everything is possible if you have the will to do it,” she said. “I aim to contribute to my country’s improvement of women’s representation at all levels of the game by challenging discrimination with hopes for big improvements in the sport industry globally.” In the clip of her performing the record-breaking feat above, the sun sets over the Burj Khalifa as the whistle blows—marking the end of her world-record attempt and signaling the beginning of another historic moment for who are forging their own paths to success. “It’s an amazing feeling to break a Guinness World Records title,” concluded Al Hammadi. “There are a lot of credible titles out there, so for me to be able to say I broke one of them individually is really amazing, especially in football…it’s a proud moment and achievement for me. For my name to be on there, for my country and for women around the world.” Read Next: The post.

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What to Pack for Your Summer Staycation

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8 of the Arab World’s Most Successful Female Athletes Share Their Fitness Tips

Entering the male-dominated sports industry is no easy feat, however, these eight trailblazing Arab athletes not only persevered, and thrived, but many also achieved world firsts. Recognized as some of the best in their field throughout the Middle East (and across the globe), these women are not only shattering outdated stereotypes and defying gender norms but also paving the path for future generations of women from the region to do the same. From figure skating and fencing to parkour and motor-racing, these inspiring athletes share with Vogue Arabia what steps they took to accomplish their dreams and how others can reach the same heights. Zahra Lari Zahra Lari photographed by Sabrina Rynas for Vogue Arabia April 2019 The young Emirati athlete became the first figure skater to compete in a hijab and the first skater from the to compete internationally — all while studying at school. Time management was key in order to juggle her various priorities, including a wake-up call at 4:30am every morning so that she could be on the ice by 5:15am ready to train. Even now that she’s graduated, balancing all the hours in a day is paramount to her success. “I am thinking about getting a job and having that normal life as well as train and compete; I can do it all,” said Lari. “I mean we have 24 hours in a day — it’s a lot of time — so I feel like if you really want something, you can make it happen…Never give up. There’s going to be a million obstacles that will come your way, but every single one of them has a solution so instead of focusing on the problem, always focus on the solution. Just give it your all. Give it 100% and follow your heart and you can accomplish anything you want to accomplish.” Amal Murad Amal Murad photographed by Francesco Scotti for Vogue Arabia, January 2018 It’s hard to catch Amal Murad. Often called the “monkey” of her family because of her habit of climbing walls and jumping over boxes – Murad began her life-changing journey becoming the first female parkour trainer from a young age. While the calisthenics athlete highlights the physical strength one gains from the fast-paced sport, she also stresses the mental strength one builds along the way. “It helped me overcome my mental barriers through the process of learning how to overcome the physical ones,” said Murad in an interview with Vogue Arabia, adding that the fear of getting hurt shouldn’t stop anyone because “injuries are part of any sport. Sometimes they put things in perspective. Being injured teaches you to be patient and reminds you to be humble.” 00:00 / 00:00 Video View CountDo not alter this value. Validate Email Farida Osman Farida Osman photographed by Batool Al Daawi for Vogue Arabia Egyptian Olympic swimmer Farida Osman is making lasting strides towards shattering stereotypes about Middle Eastern women in sports one record-breaking race at a time. Whether it’s medaling at both the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and becoming the first Egyptian swimmer to do so or it’s competing at two around the world. For Osman, “it just doesn’t happen overnight.” She trains nine times a week swimming-wise — not mentioning the other times she’s in the gym or completing dry-land exercises.“Short bursts with high technique, high execution, I think that’s how you improve your speed,” said Osman. “At the end of the day, it’s your journey, you’re in control of it. Just do whatever it takes until it becomes a reality. Commitment, discipline, sacrifice, patience—so you can swim fast.” Aseel Al Hamad Aseel Al Hamad photographed by Abdullah Alshehri for Vogue Arabia, January 2019. It was not just culturally challenging for Aseel Al Hamad to pursue her dream in motorsport, it was illegal. Yet, as soon as historically lifted its ban on women driving in June 2018, Al Hamad was the first to drive a Formula One car in addition to being the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, demonstrating the drive and dedication needed to follow your heart. “Growing up in a country where it was illegal for women to drive was one of the biggest challenges I’d faced in my life, since my main passion has always been around cars,” wrote Al Hamad for Vogue Arabia. “As a young girl, I played with toy cars and Lego more suited to boys. My passion led me to buy a car, which I parked in the UAE. Over time, my love of cars evolved, and I became even more curious. I started taking courses and attending events in the racing and track world, fully engaging with the industry. This led me to build the relationships that I have now, both with the driving tracks and also car brands.” Nouf Alosimi Nouf Alosimi. Photo: @redseacitizen Nouf Alosimi has a habit of diving deep into the unknown as Saudi’s first female technical diver. However, as the founder of Pink Bubbles Divers — a community that aims to empower Saudi women to scuba dive — Alosimi is also a professional at encouraging others to join her at such depths. “The first step when learning scuba diving is to accept your fear. It’s absolutely normal. We all had it in the beginning; it’s the fear of the unknown. But, once you go down, it will gradually disappear because you will be distracted by the magnificent underwater beauty.” 00:00 / 00:00 Video View CountDo not alter this value. Validate Email Manal Rostom Manal Rostom wears the Nike Pro Hijab. Image courtesy of Manal Rostom Dubai-based Egyptian runner Manal Rostom is all about routine and consistency. The first woman to compete in an international marathon while wearing a hijab as well as the first hijabi Nike + Run Club coach is no stranger to endurance and perseverance and recommends continuing your full-body workouts no matter the time of year—even during Ramadan. “You only stay focused and stay in shape if you make sure you’re getting the right things into your body, you’re drinking enough water, and you’re exercising three to four times a week,” Rostom tells Vogue Arabia. “Put some running shoes on, grab a friend, and hit the road. Don’t try to go too fast. Focus on breathing and enjoying the scenery. Increase the distance gradually on a weekly basis until you reach a comfortable pace and keep building from there…It will be long, but crossing the finish line of your first marathon will be so life-changing.” Ibtihaj Muhammad Ibtihaj Muhammad photographed by Ziga Mihelcic for Vogue Arabia April 2019 As the first American to compete at the Olympics in a hijab and the first Muslim-American woman to win a medal when she placed third in fencing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ibtihaj Muhammad is overcoming prejudice from not only within the sporting industry but also her own team to show other young athletes they can do the same. “I’m just a girl from Jersey who chose to work hard,” Muhammad explains to Vogue Arabia. “I genuinely don’t think I’m special, I just want the youth out there to know that they can have the same thing with hard work.” Fatima Al Ali Emirati ice hockey player Fatima Al Ali. Photo: @fatima_al_ali Emirati ice hockey star Fatima Al Ali may have caught the attention of a visiting US hockey player with a nifty trick—leading to her traveling to America, meeting the Washington DC team, making the ceremonial puck drop at one of their games, and becoming an internet sensation—but the triple-threat athlete caught our attention as a woman who doesn’t back down. Starting out as a sports photographer to becoming a member of the UAE women’s hockey team, the first Arab woman to officiate at an International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, and a National Hockey League global ambassador, Al Ali is as tough as the sport she lives and breathes. “Hockey is one of the toughest games in the world,” revealed the player-coach-referee. “Hockey players have to be in full shape and fit by doing things off-ice, running and going to the gym, plus knowing how to skate. 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