Women cancer patients learn makeup tips in new Egypt workshop

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Faten Fawzi, a breast cancer patient, receives makeup tips at Cairo's Marriott Hotel in Zamalek district, Egypt. (Reuters)
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Faten Fawzi (2nd R), receives makeup tips with other cancer patients at Cairo's Marriott Hotel in Zamalek district, Egypt. (Reuters)
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Merhan Khalil (R), receives makeup tips with other cancer patients at Cairo's Marriott Hotel in Zamalek district, Egypt. (Reuters)
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Wigs are seen during a workshop for cancer patients to receive makeup tips at Cairo's Marriott Hotel in Zamalek district, Egypt. (Reuters)
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.


Jennifer Lopez glows in a Rami Kadi gown

Updated 16 December 2018
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Jennifer Lopez glows in a Rami Kadi gown

DUBAI: US singer and all-around superstar Jennifer Lopez posed for People magazine’s December issue wearing a gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi — and that’s not the only regional fashion label she’s turned to this festive season.
Lopez wore a white, fitted dress by Lebanese designer Elie Saab to the after party of the world premiere of her latest film, “Second Act,” in New York on Dec. 12.
The belted gown featured a plunging neckline and flowing skirt and hails from the label’s ready-to-wear spring/summer 2019 collection.
She was in New York for the premiere of her latest film, which tells the story of a retail manager who loses out on a promotion to a university-educated candidate. Lopez’s character then sets out to prove that being street smart is as valuable as being book smart. The film will hit US theaters on Dec. 21, just in time for the Christmas movie rush.
While the star looked winter-ready in her Elie Saab gown, her Rami Kadi-designed dress was decidedly more daring with its nude illusion fabric and head-to-toe sparkle.

Lopez showed off the floor-length ensemble in a photo shoot for US celebrity gossip magazine, People.
In its latest issue, set to hit shelves on Dec. 24, Lopez poses on a wooden table in a luscious green garden alongside her boyfriend, former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
The hand-embroidered, fishtail gown is embellished with crystals and made of semi-sheer fabric.
In the interview accompanying the photographs, Lopez opened up about her bond with Rodriguez and her past relationships.
In the wake of her divorce from singer Marc Anthony in 2014, Lopez said she went through a period of soul searching. “I was done blaming other people — he did this or he did that — and I said to myself, no, it’s you,” she told the magazine.
“I grew up sharing a bed with my sisters from the time I was born, (and then) it was one boyfriend, and then another, and then a husband, and (so on), and I realized you’ve never been alone,” Lopez added.
“Until I could really learn to be happy on my own and love myself, these relationships were never going to work out, no matter what. That was a big turning point for me.”
Lopez told the magazine that her relationship with Rodriguez is different to her previous high-profile pairings.
“It wasn’t until I met Alex that I felt like, ‘Ok, I can be in a relationship again,’” she says.
“Everything feels healthy and different…We bring something to each other’s lives that is profound, good and healthy.”