Taleedah Tamer makes waves in Paris

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Taleedah Tamer wore a white suit by Antonio Grimaldi. (AFP)
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Taleedah walked the runway for Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi. (AFP)
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The Saudi model dazzled in a column gown. (AFP)
Updated 04 July 2018
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Taleedah Tamer makes waves in Paris

JEDDAH: Saudi model Taleedah Tamer, 17, turned heads this week when she made her debut at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, walking the runway for Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi on Monday.
The up-and-coming beauty wore a sleek white pant suit with a structured cape and slit sleeves and then strutted down the runway in a pale pink column gown, embroidered with vertically-lined sequins and adorned with a feather accent on one shoulder.
The model took to Instagram to document her whirlwind experience in Paris, thanking the designer before adding she was heading out for sushi after the show.
“Thank you @antoniogrimaldi. Now sushiiii (sic),” she captioned a casual close-up photo.
After landing her first contracts modeling for Karloff jewelry and Rubaiyat, the Saudi model made fashion waves by gracing the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
Born and raised in Jeddah to a Saudi father and Italian mother, Tamer enjoyed support from both her parents to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Her father, Ayman Tamer, is chairman of the Tamer Group, a health care, pharmaceutical and beauty company, while her mother, Cristina, is a former model who worked for Giorgio Armani, La Perla and Gianfranco Ferre.
In a recent interview with Arab News, Tamer revealed her fashion goals: “I do have professional and personal goals in many different fields within the fashion industry, but in regards to publications, being able to grace the cover of any of Vogue’s ‘Big Four’ — the French, Italian, British or American Vogue — would be such an honor.
“On the runway, I’ve always wanted to walk for Armani since my mother walked for them when she was younger, so that would be special. In photography, I would love to work with Steven Meisel. Some destinations I would love to visit and work on in location are Bora Bora, India, Croatia and Japan.”
The model counts Gisele Bundchen and Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian star Imaan Hammam among her modeling inspirations.
Tamer, a recent graduate of the British International School of Jeddah, hopes to continue her modelling career while furthering her education in business marketing.
Designer Grimaldi, who debuted Tamer on the Paris runway, has been dressing Middle Eastern clients for two decades in his bespoke styles.
“No one would have imagined this,” he told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia on the idea of a Saudi model on the runway and the global reaction to it.
“People think that behind the abaya, there is something very far away from them. That is not true. All women are the same, they like the same things. This is the perfect time to show that.”
Meanwhile on Tuesday, models strutted past Parisian landmarks, including the green book stalls that line the river Seine, at Chanel’s fashion show, as the luxury label mocked up an entire cityscape to present its latest haute couture collection.
The fashion house, known for its extravagant runway displays, set the scene for its winter styles under an imposing recreation of the domed, neoclassical Institut de France that houses the country’s language council and looms over the river.
The first styles out of the blocks included an array of tweed suits — a Chanel staple reimagined for every collection by octogenarian designer Karl Lagerfeld — in shades of grey that evoked chic Parisian looks from the 1940s, Reuters reported.
However, the jackets and straight skirts were updated to feature slits, creating flared sleeves as models displayed glimpses of long, fingerless gloves.
Other standout pieces included puffy party dresses with feathered hemlines and edgier, rock-style gowns with a metallic glint.
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runs until July 5.
Only a handful of brands belong to the select haute couture club — to qualify, brands have to be approved by French fashion’s governing body and fulfil criteria covering staffing, skills and the service offered to private clients.


Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

Farmer Pepe Casanas poses with a scorpion in Los Palacios, Cuba, December 5, 2018. Picture taken December 5, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

  • In Cuba, where tens of thousands of patients have been treated with Vidatox, each vial costs under a dollar
  • The scorpions are caught in the wild as Labiofam workers believe their venom — which is not dangerous — is not as potent when raised in captivity

HAVANA: Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.
His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual here.
Researchers in Cuba have found that the venom of the blue scorpion, whose scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to the Caribbean island, appears to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, and may be able to delay tumor growth in some cancer patients.
While some oncologists abroad say more research is needed to be able to properly back up such a claim, Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom since 2011 to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox.
The remedy has proven popular.
Labiofam Business Director Carlos Alberto Delgado told Reuters sales were climbing 10 percent annually. Vidatox already sells in around 15 countries worldwide and is currently in talks with China to sell the remedy there.
In Cuba, where tens of thousands of patients have been treated with Vidatox, each vial costs under a dollar. On the black market abroad it can cost hundred times that — retailers on Amazon.com are seen selling them for up to $140.
“I put the scorpion where I feel pain,” Casanas said while demonstrating his homemade pain relief with a scorpion that he found under a pile of debris on the patch of land he cultivates in Cuba’s western province of Pinar del Rio.
After squeezing it long enough, it stung him and he winced.
“It hurts for a while, but then it calms and goes and I don’t have any more pain,” he said.
Casanas, a leathery-skinned former tobacco farmer who now primarily grows beans for his own consumption, said he sometimes keeps a scorpion under his straw hat like a lucky charm.
It likes the shade and humidity, he says, so just curls up and sleeps.

FROM FARM TO LAB
In a Labiofam laboratory in the southern Cuban city of Cienfuegos, workers dressed in scrubs and hairnets tend to nearly 6,000 scorpions housed in plastic containers lined up on rows of metal racks.
Every few days they feed and water the arachnids that sit on a bed of small stones. Once a month, they apply an 18V electrical jolt to their tails using a handcrafted machine in order to trigger the release of a few drops of venom.
The venom is then diluted with distilled water and shaken vigorously, which homeopathic practitioners believe activates its “vital energy.”
The scorpions are caught in the wild as Labiofam workers believe their venom — which is not dangerous — is not as potent when raised in captivity.
After two years of exploitation in the “escorpionario,” they are released back into the wild.
Dr. Fabio Linares, the head of Labiofam’s homeopathic medicine laboratory who developed the medicine, said Vidatox stimulates the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
“After four to five years (of taking it), the doctor whose care I was in told me that my cancer hadn’t advanced,” said Cuban patient Jose Manuel Alvarez Acosta, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008.
Still, Labiofam recommends Vidatox as a supplemental treatment and says it should not replace conventional ones.