Make-up artist Samira Olfat talks Oprah, social media and Harleys

The UAE-based Iranian makeup artist and MaxFactor ambassador talks Oprah, social media and Harleys. (Supplied)
Updated 15 May 2018
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Make-up artist Samira Olfat talks Oprah, social media and Harleys

Make-up artist Samira Olfat spoke to Arab News on the sidelines of Beautyworld Middle East and revealed that she loves motorbikes, champions social media and is a big believer in the power of women...

One of my biggest idols is Oprah. Sometimes people blame the family they were born into for their failure to achieve their dreams — but that’s not the case, and Oprah’s a great example of that. If you read about where she came from, and the things that happened to her, then look at where she is today — the most powerful woman in the world.

I believe you need to have a healthy body to be able to achieve what you want. So I love doing yoga and pilates; I love working out and meditating.

People think that I’m very girly, because I’m always in heels, always wearing dresses. But I have a tomboy side as well. I used to ride a Harley around. It was pretty fun, but pretty scary too. I ordered it customized — full matt-black. I had long braids coming out of my helmet, so it was obvious I was a girl. It was a bit intimidating for people, I think.

Social media is so important right now. It’s as important as the real job. There are (amazing) professionals I’ve known for the past 15 years who, because they don’t have a very strong platform on social media, don’t get credit. Before, people would get to know you through word of mouth, because your work was good. Now, you can be the most amazing makeup artist in the world, but if you don’t have a lot of Instagram followers, then no magazine’s going to come and interview you.

So many women still have to prove themselves to people who don’t believe in them. Honestly? Look around you. Look at these women who are CEOs and mothers, handling several jobs in one day. Looking after a home is a full-time job. Being a mother is a full-time job. Being a CEO — or an employee — is a full-time job. Women can handle several jobs at the same time, and usually they’re only being paid for one. What more do people want?

Women are so often labelled ‘emotional,’ like that’s a negative thing. But if you’re not emotionally smart, then you can’t handle a company as well. If you look at companies where a woman is the boss, the energy is so much better. It’s so much happier.


Paul McCartney teases ‘Egypt Station’

The rock legend on social media released a video of the Pyramids and palm trees swaying in the wind. (Shutterstock)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Paul McCartney teases ‘Egypt Station’

  • McCartney and his label did not provide further details but speculation immediately grew that he was ready with his next album, which would be his first of new material since 2013.

NEW YORK: Paul McCartney on Monday teased news of “Egypt Station” — presumed to be the title of his next album — as the former Beatle celebrated his 76th birthday.

The rock legend on social media released a video of the Pyramids and palm trees swaying in the wind on a sand-colored background set to snippet of ambient music mixed with vehicular traffic.

McCartney and his label did not provide further details but speculation immediately grew that he was ready with his next album, which would be his first of new material since 2013.

While McCartney is more known for an interest in India than Egypt, a 1999 painting by the musician and artist was entitled “Egypt Station” and depicted sunflowers and animals under a blue sky. McCartney, who toyed with retirement following the end of The Beatles more than 40 years ago, has shown a burst of energy as a septuagenarian and toured the world for much of 2016 and 2017.