Arab fashion icons snap ultimate street style photos at Paris Fashion Week

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Updated 09 March 2017

Arab fashion icons snap ultimate street style photos at Paris Fashion Week

The Middle East’s biggest fashion names took Paris by storm this week, with models, designers and influencers flocking to the city for Fashion Week.
From Lebanese fashion blogger Lana El Sahely to Desert Mannequin’s Anum Bashir, here is a round-up of what the stylish women snapped while in the city of love.
Emirati style blogger Nadya Hasan went on a photo shoot spree in Paris, showcasing a dizzying array of outfits at prime hotspots throughout the city.
Lana El Sahely, who walked the runway during Dolce & Gabbana’s A/W 2017 show in Milan, kept it casual in Paris.
Beauty queen and TV host Jessica Kahawaty posted a photo of herself on Paris’ Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a picturesque bridge.
Television personality and documentary producer Diala Makki kept it playful by posing for an impromptu shoot on a set of Parisian steps.
Chic blog Desert Mannequin’s Anum Bashir, who was in Paris to celebrate a collaboration with edgy fashion house N-Duo, said goodbye to Paris in this effortless shot.

Arab stars take the #10YearChallenge

Jessica Kahawaty at an event in 2018. (AFP)
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Arab stars take the #10YearChallenge

DUBAI: Celebrities around the world have taken on a new social media challenge that has seen them sharing photos taken 10 years apart to show off just how much (or in some cases, how little) they have changed.

A clutch of Arab influencers also jumped on the bandwagon and shared snaps taken a decade apart, including the likes of Lebanese star Karen Wazen and Saudi designer and blogger Tamara Al-Gabbani.

Al-Gabbani took to Instagram with two posts, both of which she claims show her 10 years apart.

“No edits! No filters! Just braces, fuller brows and no more highlights!” she captioned the first post.

Ten years ago, she sported blonde locks and thinner eyebrows. Fast forward to 2019, and Al-Gabbani looks almost the same, besides her jet-black hair and braces.

Wazen shared two side-by-side snaps — the first of which was a photo of her posing with her husband, Elias Bakhazi.

“It started when we were young,” she captioned the photographs.

For her part, Lebanese-Australian model and influencer Jessica Kahawaty shared a composite photograph in which she looks almost identical in the two snaps.

“20-year-old me and 30-year-old me #10yearchallenge,” she captioned the post, adding “I love this little challenge. Shows how much we have all evolved and a good excuse to dig up memorable pictures — with memorable eyebrows lol (sic).”

Although her hair is slightly shorter in 2019 and her eyebrows are fuller, the humanitarian and event host looks largely unchanged.

Saudi-Lebanese style star Alanoud Badr also took part in the challenge and shared a side-by-side composite photograph.

It seems that fuller eyebrows are a 2019 trend as she too sported a thinner set in her older photograph.

Based in Dubai, Badr is a regular fixture on the UAE’s fashion scene and even has her own brand called Lady Fozaza, which she launched in 2011.

The viral craze has seen a hoard of celebrities take to Instagram to share their photographs, including the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Tyra Banks.

Lopez shared a throwback photo of herself while pregnant and then, in 2019, wearing a canary yellow swimsuit with a taught tummy and toned muscles — she may have won the challenge for seeming to age backwards and it’s enough to make us want to hit the gym.