Dutch-Arab model Imaan lands Vogue Arabia cover with supermodel Iman

For Vogue Arabia’s anniversary edition, the pair appear side-by-side in contrasting black-and-white looks. (Vogue Arabia)
Updated 01 March 2018
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Dutch-Arab model Imaan lands Vogue Arabia cover with supermodel Iman

DUBAI: She is somewhat of a legend in the world of modeling and now Iman Abdulmajid, who goes by her first name only, is gracing the cover of Vogue Arabia’s March edition alongside Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian beauty Imaan Hammam.
For the magazine’s anniversary edition, the pair appear side-by-side in contrasting black-and-white looks, dressed in Saint Laurent and Brooklyn-based brand Wrap Life turbans.
The publication shared one of three covers on Instagram, writing: “Two generations of icons unite for the anniversary issue of Vogue Arabia, with not one, but three covers.”
American-Somali star Iman is one of the most iconic supermodels in fashion history. The 62-year-old model is widely praised for having led the way for the many models of color who have followed in her path.
In her interview with the magazine, she shares how she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard in Kenya in 1975 and recalls how she fought for equal pay as a model in the US.
Iman also spoke about reconciling her religion with her career.
“It is an oxymoron to have your foot in the modeling business and to call yourself a Muslim, but at the end of the day, you need to look in the mirror and feel good when you ask, am I doing the right thing?”
Meanwhile, Hammam, of Egyptian and Moroccan descent but born in Amsterdam, was discovered at Amsterdam’s Central Station when she was 13-years-old and is now a world-renowned advertising, editorial and runway model.
In her interview, the 21-year-old model shared how her Egyptian-Moroccan heritage still inspires her and how she is proud to be the “modern poster girl for the diversity movement.”
“Fashion is all about having a personality — and nothing is as inspiring as the power of being you,” she said.


Amal Clooney attends American University of Beirut bash in London

Despite being one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood after their 2014 marriage and the birth of twins a year ago, Amal and George Clooney rarely speak of their private life. (AFP)
Updated 18 June 2018
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Amal Clooney attends American University of Beirut bash in London

DUBAI: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney gave a speech at an American University of Beirut alumni event alongside her father in London over the weekend.

George Clooney’s wife attended the WAAAUB UK Chapter’s bash on Saturday night in Knightsbridge’s glitzy Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, wearing a crushed velvet gown in a shade of burgundy.

Amal, 40, also attended the launch of Italian designer Giambattista Valli’s new store on London’s swanky Sloane Street on the weekend.

It seems burgundy is the color of the moment as she donned a one-shoulder jumpsuit in the shade for the event. The ruffled neckline added flair to the outfit, which she paired with loose, wavy hair and a clutch bag.

The lawyer and activist, who shot to celebrity stardom when she married Clooney in 2014, is no stranger to the spotlight and earlier this year was photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vogue’s May 2018 issue.

“One of the many conversations we’ve been having at Vogue lately is about who exactly should be gracing our covers given the radically changed world we now live in. We’ve always taken the position that the women we feature should have substance to them, something that has only taken on greater urgency in the last year or so,” US Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour wrote in her editor’s letter for the edition.

“That’s why I’m delighted that Amal Clooney, a force to be reckoned with in the realms of international law and human rights, agreed to appear on our May cover.”

Earlier this month, she paid unprecedented public tribute to her movie star husband, calling him a gentleman, an amazing husband and father and the love of her life, Reuters reported.

The lawyer was addressing a star-studded lifetime achievement award ceremony in Hollywood for “Ocean’s Eleven” star Clooney.

But she said it was easier for her “to address a court on behalf of detainees than to speak publicly, as I am doing for the first time tonight, about my husband.

“I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I would be a spinster. Then we met,” Amal Clooney told the audience, packed with friends and A-list stars like Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston, model Cindy Crawford and Diane Keaton.

“Five years later, he is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time,” she added.

Despite being one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood after their 2014 marriage and the birth of twins a year ago, Amal and George Clooney rarely speak of their private life.