Saudi-Lebanese style star Alanoud Badr raises awareness for international Rare Disease Day

Alanoud Badr is taking part in an event organized by High Hopes Dubai. (@fozaza)
Updated 27 February 2018
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Saudi-Lebanese style star Alanoud Badr raises awareness for international Rare Disease Day

DUBAI: Saudi-Lebanese fashion blogger Alanoud Badr is calling for support on international Rare Disease Day, which lands on Feb. 28.
The style-savvy social media star is calling on her more than 550,000 Instagram followers to join a Feb. 28 walk-a-thon in Dubai to raise awareness for rare diseases, encourage diagnosis and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families.
The walk was organized by High Hopes Dubai, a pediatric therapy center for children with special needs.
“In line with the Year of Zayed and Dubai's vision of tolerance and inclusion, we are thrilled to be heading a united walk in Dubai,” the center posted on its social media pages.
“What a day. One great event and collaboration and another fantastic cause ahead! Walking toward the week with so much hope, faith and love,” Badr posted on her Instagram account, @fozaza.
“I will be proudly walking for
rare disease day with
@highhopesdubai… alongside all those amazing warrior moms and angelic kids with rare genetic disorders who are incredible human beings fighting to live a close to normal life… This walk is open to the public and is part of an international movement all over the world. Be part of it,” she added.
The event in Dubai is just one of 400 events in 80 countries organized as part of the 11th international Rare Disease Day.
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.


Meghan presents fashion award to wedding dress designer Waight Keller

Givency's British fashion designer Clare Waight Keller poses with her award for British designer of the year Womenswear during the British Fashion Awards 2018 in London on December 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 11 December 2018
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Meghan presents fashion award to wedding dress designer Waight Keller

  • The two women met in early 2018, before the designer created the dress worn by Meghan for her wedding to Harry on May 19
  • The British Fashion Awards recognized Vivienne Westwood, winner of the award for positive change, for her commitment to the environment

LONDON: Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller Monday received the British designer of the year womenswear award from Meghan Markle, whose dress she designed for her wedding to Prince Harry.
“It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion,” Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said at the star-studded annual Fashion Awards at the Albert Hall.
The former US actress, who is pregnant, praised the “vision,” “creativity” and also “the incredible kindness” of Waight Keller.
The two women met in early 2018, before the designer created the dress worn by Meghan for her wedding to Harry on May 19.
The British Fashion Awards also recognized Vivienne Westwood, winner of the award for positive change, for her commitment to the environment.
The 77-old high priestess of punk took the opportunity to denounce the “rotten financial system” which the dame said was “the cause of all our problems.”
A long-time political campaigner, she also took aim at French President Emmanuel Macron who recently canceled fuel tax increases in the face of the “yellow vest” protests.
“This tax hurts the poor more than anybody,” Westwood said, adding “he’s not thinking that he has already given all these tax breaks to the rich people. So of course everybody is going to be annoyed.”
The model of the year award went to 17-year-old Kaia Gerber, following in the footsteps of her mother, former supermodel Cindy Crawford.
“It’s such an honor,” said the young American, on the verge of tears. “I have just a small role in making a creative vision come to life but I’m so beyond grateful to be a part of it.”
Among the other awards, Italian fashion house Gucci was named brand of the year and Italian Pierpaolo Piccioli, artistic director of Valentino, won the best designer award.