Lin turns to Lebanon for fashion win

The gown glittered on the red carpet. (Instagram)
Updated 24 April 2018
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Lin turns to Lebanon for fashion win

  • Taiwanese model and actress Chiling Lin shut down the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the eighth Beijing International Film Festival this week wearing a dress by Lebanese designer, Rami Kadi
  • The 43-year-old star posed for photographs in a glittering, light pink gown with sparkling embroidery woven to resemble fronds of ivy

DUBAI: Taiwanese model and actress Chiling Lin shut down the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the eighth Beijing International Film Festival this week wearing a dress by Lebanese designer, Rami Kadi.

The 43-year-old star posed for photographs in a glittering, light pink gown with sparkling embroidery woven to resemble fronds of ivy. The one-shoulder, figure-hugging dress was given extra oomph with its single sheer sleeve, which trailed down to the ground and added drama and flair to the outfit.

“Taiwanese model and actress @chiling.lin flaunts sexiness and charm in a Rami Kadi salmon ... gown to grace the closing ceremony of the eighth Beijing International Film Festival,” the design house posted on its Instagram account, alongside a photograph of the star.

The actress complemented the stunning dress with loose, free-flowing hair, minimal make-up and jewelry — drop earrings and a bracelet — by Hollywood favorite, Harry Winston.

The model and actress spent her high school years in Toronto and returned to Taiwan soon after. She is considered one of the most famous faces in Asia and was a brand ambassador for both China Airlines and Longines. The famous face also served as Taiwan’s goodwill ambassador to Japan and established the Chiling Charity Foundation in 2011.

She was joined at the event by Taiwan-born actress Shu Qi, who attended as a member of the jury headed by director Wong Kar Wai and as the star of one of the films showcased at the festival, “The Island.” The actress is a household name and even won the best supporting actress award at a Golden Horse Awards ceremony, regarded as the East Asian equivalent of the Academy Awards.

As for the Beijing International Film Festival, “Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama, was named best film, according to media reports.

The film follows the story of a woman who places her passion for writing ahead of her family and its lead performer, Nato Murvanidze, was also named best actress at the festival.

The Tiantan awards were presented on Sunday night, at a closing ceremony just outside the Chinese capital.

British wartime drama “Journey’s End” won two prizes, one of which went to actor Paul Bettany for his supporting role.

“Dede,” a drama set in the Caucasus, also won big on the night, with Mariam Khatchvani being named best director and Konstantin Esadze earning the cinematography prize.

Joe Cole was named best actor for his role in the film “Eye on Juliet.” Meanwhile, Iranian actress Mina Sadati, who starred in “The Searing Summer,” was named best supporting actress.

 “Operation Red Sea,” a Hong Kong-Chinese Box Office hit, won the best special effects prize.


Women cancer patients learn makeup tips in new Egypt workshop

Updated 12 November 2018
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Women cancer patients learn makeup tips in new Egypt workshop

  • Workshop is part of a program already in operation in Lebanon and the UAE called “Be Beautiful”
  • Will be launched this month in at least seven hospitals in Egypt

CAIRO: When cancer patient Merhan Khalil had a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy in 2012, her hair started to fall out in the shower. On Saturday she joined a Cairo workshop that teaches female cancer patients how to conceal signs of cancer treatment.
“It helps a lot mentally ... to feel beautiful and to feel that the medicine didn’t change us,” said Khalil, 46, who suffers from multiple myeloma, a blood plasma cancer.
The workshop is part of a program already in operation in Lebanon and the UAE called “Be Beautiful” that will be launched this month in at least seven hospitals in Egypt. It will offer women cancer patients makeup tips as well as mental health support and advice about nutrition.
“When the cancer patient feels that she is beautiful and when she gets proper nutrition that will have a positive effect on her mental state and that strengthens her immune system,” said Hanadi el-Imam, founder of the Hoda el-Imam Foundation, which is organizing the workshops.
She said the aim is to offer the workshops in five Egyptian governorates within a year.
Faten Fawzi, a breast cancer patient who was among a group of five patients learning how to paint their eyebrows and apply conditioner on dry skin at the Cairo Marriott Hotel, said she felt like her hair was burned after chemo.
“I went to my hairdresser and he shaved it off completely and I was devastated and started crying,” Fawzi, 46, told Reuters.
“But after that I put on a chic wig that looked like my hair and you couldn’t tell at all that I had cancer.”
While she recently got rid of the wig, Fawzi said she still paints her eyebrows and cares about her makeup routine because it makes her feel better.
Ghada Salah who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, said she started to experiment with different wigs and colorful hats after she lost her hair to chemotherapy.
“I didn’t want to look sick,” she said. “I didn’t want people to think ‘poor her, she has cancer.’”
The organizers hope to serve 5,000 Egyptian women in the first year, said Dina Omar, a cardiologist and one of the founders of Be Beautiful.
Globally, cancer is responsible for one in six deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 70 percent of deaths from cancer happen in low and middle-income countries, WHO said.