Hijab-wearing blogger says she is stepping down from L’Oreal campaign

Amena Khan, who earlier this month became the first woman wearing a headscarf to feature in a major mainstream hair campaign for L’Oreal, appears to have stepped down. (L'Oreal)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Hijab-wearing blogger says she is stepping down from L’Oreal campaign

LONDON: Amena Khan, who earlier this month became the first woman wearing a headscarf to feature in a major mainstream hair campaign for L’Oreal, appears to have stepped down from her role in the campaign due to anti-Israel tweets she made in 2014 during the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, the British beauty blogger said: “I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014, and sincerely apologize for the upset and hurt they have caused.
“Championing diversity is one of my passions, I don’t discriminate against anyone. I have chosen to delete them as they do not represent the message of harmony I stand for.”
Making a reference to the L’Oreal campaign, she added: “I recently took part in a campaign, which excited me because it celebrated inclusivity.
“With deep regret, I’ve decided to step down from this campaign because the current conversations surrounding it detract from the positive and inclusive sentiment it set out to deliver.”

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Khan has since deleted the anti-Israel tweets she made during the 2014 conflict, but a screenshot shows them below:

In the campaign promo video, Khan wears a pink outfit with matching headscarf. Speaking to Vogue UK about the message of the promo, she pointed out that even though she does not show her hair in public, she spends most of her time at home or with family without a headscarf. She explained that hair care is important, whether it is seen or not.
The new ad for L’Oreal’s hair-care product line, Elvive, features a diverse cast of women and men with different hairstyles and the French cosmetics company has joined brands such as Nike and CoverGirl, who have also featured Muslim women in recent ad campaigns.


“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York's Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. (AP)
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“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

  • Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92

WASHINGTON: The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse’s uniform.
The picture was published by Life as “V-J Day in Times Square.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
He had long claimed to be the sailor in the picture, but it wasn’t confirmed until recently with the use of facial recognition technology.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
Eisenstadt did not get the names of the kissing strangers.
He later described watching the sailor running along the street, and grabbing any girl in sight.
“I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me,” he wrote in “Eisenstadt on Eisenstadt.”
“Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.