UAE-based model Jessica Kahawaty struts in Malone Souliers footwear

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The UAE-based model in a campaign for the British shoe brand Malone Souliers. (Courtesy Jessica Kahawaty)
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The UAE-based model in a campaign for the British shoe brand Malone Souliers. (Courtesy Jessica Kahawaty)
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Jessica Kahawaty hits the red carpet. (Shutterstock)
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Jessica Kahawaty on a fashion shoot. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 August 2018
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UAE-based model Jessica Kahawaty struts in Malone Souliers footwear

  • Kahawaty unveiled photos and video shots from the Malone Souliers campaign on her social media page
  • Since the establishment of Malone Souliers in 2014, the luxury footwear label has enjoyed a growth of over 250 luxury points of sale across the world

JEDDAH: Jessica Kahawaty, the UAE-based Lebanese-Australian model, is collaborating with luxury British footwear label Malone Souliers for a new campaign.
Kahawaty unveiled photos and video shots from the campaign on her social media page with the caption: “I’m so happy to finally share with you all my International Campaign with @MaloneSouliers and the super cool @RoyLuwolt. Thank you for having me part of your vision and giving me creative control alongside you.”
The 29-year-old social media star is wearing a white shirt by Luwolt’s other brand, Absence of Paper, with a pink skirt and Malone Souliers heels. The campaign was shot by Australian photographer India Hartford Davis.
“Hope you guys love the images as much as I do. Roy gave me a lot of creative control to jump around and do what I want in his candy shop of shoes @malonesouliers,” Kahawaty wrote in an Instagram story.
Since the establishment of Malone Souliers in 2014, the luxury footwear label has enjoyed a growth of over 250 luxury points of sale across the world.
Handmade in Italy, the shoes come in a selected range of styles and colors. “Lashings of audacious laces, pencil-sharp stilettos and buttery suede are just a few of the refined features that bestow the Malone Souliers woman with sartorial nous,” the label’s website says.
Kahawaty won Miss World Australia 2012, after which she proceeded to Miss World 2012, where she was declared the second runner-up. The Middle Eastern beauty is a fashion and beauty icon in the region and beyond. She went on to host entertainment shows for Yahoo! Maktoob as well as “Project Runway Middle East.”
At the Cannes International Film Festival in May, she walked the red carpet wearing Lebanese label Azzi & Osta for the premiere of Spike Lee’s film “BlacKkKlansman.”
Earlier in February, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of British model Jourdan Dunn, singer Rita Ora and US actress Zendaya at the British Vogue Fashion and Film Party in London. She has filmed various commercials, including Maybelline cosmetics for India and Lexus cars for Australia.
Kahawaty has studied business, finance and law in Sydney and is a keen supporter of a number of humanitarian causes, including UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR).
Last year, fashion house Louis Vuitton selected Kahawaty to work with UNICEF at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced.
Kahawaty also urged fans to help end child violence as part of the UNICEF Australia initiative, “A Minute of Your Time.”


MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Updated 20 September 2018
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MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

  • Rawan Bin Hussain is one of the largest influencers in the region
  • Aside from launching a lipstick line, the Kuwaiti blogger studies law in London

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti influencer, who has 3 million Instagram followers, talks about studying law, learning to fly and why gender biases are ‘so 1800s’

Being a fashion blogger is not the opposite of being a lawyer – they don’t conflict. I didn’t leave law behind. I’m still studying it. I could have moved to Dubai and made millions a month like other bloggers, but I’m not. I’m living in London making nothing a month because education comes first for me.
To show that lawyers don’t only fight for justice in court, but also in real life by giving back to the community, I launched a law association in Kuwait for female law students, law graduates and lawyers. If you have knowledge in the field of law, I want your experience and we can work together to do charity work and attend workshops.
I’ve always loved traveling around the world, so why not have my own license and my own airplane jetting around the world?
I don’t mind taking risks because I think people who don’t take risks are cowards. Life is fun, life is full of experiences, full of lessons. If you don’t fail and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t achieve anything in life. It doesn’t come on a plate of gold. You have to work for it.

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A lot of people think that when you are a beauty icon, you are an empty head, empty-minded. We are not. A lot of bloggers are good mothers to their children, they are engineers, doctors, lawyers. They have a career, they just choose to do blogging, which is what they love, and I respect it because you should do what you love and love what you do.
We need to stop stereotyping, criticizing, judging based on the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she appeals to others. I cannot please everybody as, most of all, I need to please myself.
I regret being too transparent sometimes. I am too spontaneous. I say my opinion in a very casual way – maybe I don’t think about the circumstances or the consequences. But if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn a lesson.  
We shouldn’t look as men as competition or a dangerous threat. We can work together to make this world a better place.
As a woman, I want to say look at me, I’m here. I can be a lawyer, a pilot, a public figure, an entrepreneur. I am capable of doing so many things. Men need to see that and respect that and not underestimate us because we are females. Judgment based on gender is so 1800s.