Meeting of the models: Top Brazilian beauty shares advice with rising Saudi star

Taleedah Tamer made history as the first Saudi couture model on the catwalk during Paris Haute Couture Week this summer. (Getty Images)
Updated 02 August 2018
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Meeting of the models: Top Brazilian beauty shares advice with rising Saudi star

JEDDAH: Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana, who appears on the recent cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia wearing a dress by Zuhair Murad, swaps modeling stories with Saudi’s rising star Taleedah Tamer in the summer issue.

The 35-year-old modeling veteran wears a statement dress from Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad’s spring-summer couture collection with a hat by Milan’s Pasquale Bonfilio. She also accessorizes with a Zuhair Murad necklace for another shot inside the magazine.
The Brazilian model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having posed for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Versace, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.
“Such a honor to be on the cover of @harpersBazaarArabia. #StayTrueToYourself #LoveYourself,” she wrote on Instagram alongside an image of the cover.
In the magazine, Fontana shares “three decades of experience with breakthrough Saudi model Taleedah Tamer about life on fashion’s frontline.”
Tamer, who made history as the first Saudi couture model on the catwalk during Paris Haute Couture Week this summer, was interviewed by Arab News last month. Tamer was born and raised in Jeddah; her father is Saudi and her mother is a former Italian model.
Both models discuss how they started in the modeling industry, the role of parents, their use of social media and dealing with fame, among other topics.
“I was 12 years old and my mom put me on a ‘manners course’ because I was a total tomboy,” said Fontana.
“Me too! I’ve never been very feminine,” Tamer said.
Tamer told Fontana that she got into modeling after helping backstage at a fashion show organized by her mother in Saudi Arabia.
“Five years later I was at a dinner and the same designer of that fashion show saw me and said, ‘Wow you’ve grown up and you’re so much taller.’ We did a shoot in the desert and I posted about it on Instagram and that’s how it all started for me,” Tamer said.
Asked for what advice she would give to someone starting in the industry, Fontana said: “This world has changed so much and sometimes it seems that what’s selling right now isn’t natural at all — it’s very plastic and unreal. But I think it’s just a phase. So my best advice would be to just be yourself.”
Fontana said she felt discriminated against for being “too beautiful” and she did not get jobs because of that. Tamer, meanwhile, said she has had her share of negative comments but it has largely been positive.
“I have had negative comments such as ‘Oh, she’s Saudi so she shouldn’t be doing that,’ but I’m grateful because it hasn’t been that bad. I think the majority of our generation is so mature and enlightened. They just want to share positivity and grow and evolve. You’ll always get negative people, but I don’t take it to heart.”


Lana El-Sahely gets biker chic in Paris

The Dior SS'19 show was an ethereal treat. (AFP)
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Lana El-Sahely gets biker chic in Paris

  • Lana El-Sahely showed off her style at Paris Fashion Week
  • Dior led Paris Fashion Week with a new modern dance piece by choreographer Sharon Eyal

DUBAI: Lebanese fashion blogger Lana El-Sahely showed off her style at Paris Fashion Week, posing for cameras at the coveted Dior show earlier this week.

Dior led Paris fashion week on a sensual dance Monday with a spectacular show woven around a new modern dance piece by choreographer Sharon Eyal to kick off the nine-day extravaganza.

For her part, El-Sahely wore a quirky patchwork skirt paired with a leather biker jacket over a delicate lace top. She finished off the look with a peaked cap and chunky boots.

On the catwalk, icily restrained models brushed past writhing dancers in a performance specially created by the acclaimed Israeli in a fog of mist and falling paper petals.

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri told AFP that using dance was “an act of liberation” to break free from the catwalk corset.

Gucci — which quit Milan for the French capital to show its spring summer collection — later got in on the act by taking over a Paris theater and having singer Jane Birkin, her back turned to most of the audience, sing her 1983 hit “Baby Alone in Babylone.”

With K-pop superstar Kai mobbed outside by fans, Gucci’s designer Alessandro Michele served up an extra large helping of the oddball 1970s kitsch which has made him such a hit with millennials.

Mickey Mouse manbags, wacky Y-fronts, sleeping mask shades, underpants on the outside of slacks and medallions as big as mayoral chains are only a taster of some of the wacky new looks fashion’s jester-in-chief pulled from his wide-brimmed hat.

His playful, luxuriant bad taste could not be further from Chiuri’s earnest elegance.

Chiuri said she wanted to replicate dance’s “naturalness... but also its discipline” in a striking

Meanwhile, Saint Laurent headlined the second day of Paris Fashion Week in an eclectic French twist on American styles that featured models walking on water.

Tuesday’s Spring/Summer collections also showcased emerging talents: from 26-year-old designer Marine Serre to the Tokyo-based house Anrealage, The Associated Press reported.

Stars such as Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Matt Dillon and Salma Hayek huddled together in front of 10 giant white palm trees as the Eiffel Tower sparkled at the stroke of 8 p.m.

Below the trees was a giant expanse of water.

Models in luxury snake boots and sparkling disco heels suddenly appeared and — forgoing the dry catwalk strip — darted sideward to walk straight across the water.

It triggered gasps from spectators, including a tardy Lindsay Lohan.

But behold, the models didn’t sink. Instead, they merely sloshed and splashed.

Designer Anthony Vaccarello was applauded for an impressive biblical-style trompe l’oeil feature for the 15-minute show that created the illusion of a sea despite the water measuring only two centimeters in depth.

One American fashion editor duly commented that designers are “ruining a lot of perfectly good shoes with these water effects this season.”