Hadid sisters score their first ever British Vogue dual covers

The sisters are the cover stars of the March 2018 issue of the magazine. (Photo courtesy: British Vogue)
Updated 30 January 2018
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Hadid sisters score their first ever British Vogue dual covers

DUBAI: Palestinian-American supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid have scored the first ever dual covers of their careers — with none other than British Vogue.
The sisters are the cover stars of the March 2018 issue of the magazine.
Photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by Joe McKenna, the pair were interviewed by Vogue’s Giles Hattersley who spoke to them during the photo shoot in New York.
“She’s one of the only people I’ll get aggressive for,” Gigi revealed of Bella. “She makes me so proud. I would do anything for her.”
The mode’s stance on her equally-famous other half, Zayn Malik, also came up during the interview.
“I post what I think would be normal to post of your boyfriend,” said Gigi. “The comments are: ‘It’s extra, it’s fake.’ But if I don’t do it enough then it’s: ‘Oh they’re fake, they’re not really together.’ I try to do what feels real to me, and do it with integrity.”


Trash to treasure, Mariska Nell shows off at Dubai Design Week

The artist uses used Nespresso pods in her art.
Updated 15 November 2018
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Trash to treasure, Mariska Nell shows off at Dubai Design Week

  • Mariska didn’t focus only on creating art, but on educating people as well, on the sustainability aspect of turning trash to treasure

DUBAI: An interior designer from South Africa, Mariska Nell, has introduced her own style of art at this year’s Dubai Design Week, which will run from Nov. 13 to 17 in the Design District.
As an artist and environmentalist, she shared with Arab News her passion for creating art out of waste.
“It started at a really young age, when I spent time at my mother’s studio making arts and crafts from anything that I found around me,” she said.
The inspiration that kick-started Mariska’s trash-to-treasure career in Dubai were the Nespresso coffee capsules that she found too beautiful to throw away.
“Once you find something to create out of waste material and single-use items, you are giving things a second chance at life,” she said.
The artist then started collecting all the capsules she could get her hands on.
“I needed to purchase a lamp for my living room and the idea to create a lamp out of these pods came to life,” she said, introducing her first official art piece that was made out of 913 capsules.
This lamp will be part of her “Coffee Addiction” collection which is included in her exhibit “A Million Bottles Per Minute” at the design festival.
“Why would I want to paint a whole canvas if I can go for a different medium? This led me to experiment and incorporate trash with other forms of art, creating a whole new medium,” she said, talking about the ideas behind the pieces to be showcased at the exhibit.
As a South African living in Dubai, Mariska shared her opinion of art in the Arab world. “I’m excited about it ... There are so many unique elements like the history and calligraphy that makes art in the Arab world really stand out.”
Mariska didn’t focus only on creating art, but on educating people as well, on the sustainability aspect of turning trash to treasure.
“Just pick something that is easy to give up, whether it’s a water bottle that you would replace with a water filtering system in your house, and go from there,” she said, explaining how she started a zero-waste initiative in her home.
“I know that what I’m doing is a drop in the ocean, but hopefully with more people being educated about this concept, we can create a ripple of change.”

The artist's works for Dubai Design Week will also be showcased at the Rove Downtown's Sustainability Corner from November 13 to 16.