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Gucci goes fur-free in move praised as a game-changer

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Gucci has become the latest fashion house to eliminate animal fur from its collections, starting with the spring-summer 2018 season.The Humane Society, which supports the fur free alliance among fashion houses, said Gucci's announcement Wednesday was a "game-changer," involving "perhaps the biggest fur-free retailer announcement worldwide to date."Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri said the brand would no longer "use, promote or publicize animal fur," beginning with the ...

Black model who appeared in Dove ad says it was not racist

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A black model who appeared in a Dove advert denounced as racist by many social media users has defended the clip, saying that far from belittling black women it celebrated ethnic diversity. Lola Ogunyemi unwittingly found herself at the center of an international furor over a 3-second video posted on Dove’s U.S. Facebook page which showed her removing her t-shirt to reveal a white woman, who then took hers off to reveal an Asian woman. “I don’t feel it was racist,” she ...

Meet Farah Shaaban, the newly crowned Miss Egypt 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Egypt’s Farah Shaaban seized Miss Egypt 2017 title after competing with 22 other candidates. A jury of public figures chose Farah Shaaban on Sunday night to be crowned Miss Egypt, after passing successfully all the committee’s tests. Among the jury of Miss Egypt 2017 competition are, organizer Amal Rizk, actress Randa El Beheiry, and Miss Egypt 2016, Nadine Osama. Farah studies computer science at the British University in Egypt, loves reading, swimming and acting. She aspires to ...

IN PICTURES: What were beauty standards like in Iran during the 19th century?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Although nowadays Iranian women seek cosmetic surgeries such as nose jobs, breasts and buttocks’ augmentation, yet the standards of beauty in Iran in the nineteenth century were completely different from what is considered beautiful today. Obesity was then the prominent feature of women, and the heavier they were, the more appealing for men. The mustache was a beauty standard for women, and this means that the hair removal products available today would not have been very popular two ...

From refugee camp to runway, hijab-wearing Somali-American model breaks barriers

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Roughly one year ago, Denise Wallace, executive co-director of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, received a phone call from 19-year-old Halima Aden asking if she could compete in the contest wearing her hijab. “Her photo popped up and I remember distinctly going, ‘Wow, she is beautiful,'” Wallace said. The Somali-American teen made headlines as the first hijab- and burkini-sporting contestant in the history of the pageant. The bold move catapulted her career to new heights ...

Meet the stylist who’s infusing Saudi heritage with modern fashion

Sunday, 10 September 2017

As a young and ambitious woman, Sawsan al-Qadi became interested in fashion styling while she was still in university studying Business Administration. After completing a Masters of Leadership and Business Administration, she went on to study fashion management and marketing in the United States and created her own blog. She also created accounts on social media platforms to offer women a variety of fashion styling counseling services. “Since childhood, I have been observing and watching ...

Fashion giants LVMH and Kering ban size zero models

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Fashion companies Kering and LVMH will stop hiring excessively thin models worldwide under a new charter developed in response to continued criticism the industry encourages eating disorders. France banned ultra-thin models under a 2015 law though it only stipulated models needed a doctor’s note attesting to their health based on age, weight and body shape. Proposals to include a minimum body mass index were dropped after industry pressure. Kering and LVMH said their charter will now go ...

Outgoing Miss America: We’re more alike than different

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Asked about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during her onstage interview at last year’s Miss America pageant, Savvy Shields turned heads on the judge’s panel and across the country by offering some advice to both political parties: Stop arguing and start compromising. It was that response that may have put her over the top to become Miss America 2017. Now, with her reign to end in just about a week, the former Miss Arkansas says the nation is not as divided as it may ...

Meet Marriam Mossalli, the Saudi fashion editor who became an entrepreneur

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Marriam Mossalli, a Saudi fashion editor turned entrepreneur, documents the distinctive development of Saudi women. Mossalli, who hails from Jeddah, is the founder of Niche Arabia which is the only luxury consultancy firm in Saudi Arabia.Niche Arabia provides luxury brands with advertising, media, event planning, and publishing services and organizes social events which reminisce about the beautiful old times.Mossalli appears spontaneous on her Instagram account where she fights “the ...

Turkish woman entrepreneur sets pace for second hand online high-end fashion

Sunday, 6 August 2017

In Southeast Asia, an online luxury retail startup like Reebonz, which sells new and pre-owned luxury items, has become very popular and has a market valuation of over $300 million in eight years. And its is attracting more and more funding from potential investors. Similarly Modacruz, the leading mobile marketplace of second hand women fashion items in Turkey, although at an early stage, is creating interest in venture capital firms in Dubai and Europe and attracting modest funding. In the ...

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