Winnie Harlow heads to Saudi Arabia for magazine photo shoot

Winnie Harlow is the first model with vitiligo to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (File/AFP)
Updated 01 June 2019
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Winnie Harlow heads to Saudi Arabia for magazine photo shoot

  • The models met on social media nearly a year ago
  • Salman said Harlow helped her feel more comfortable in her own skin

DUBAI: In a first of its kind, international model Winnie Harlow flew into Saudi Arabia for a photoshoot with her Saudi doppelganger for the June cover of Vogue Arabia.

The latest magazine issue features fashion star Winnie Harlow and her look-alike Shahad Salman, both models championing vitiligo awareness. Vitiligo is a skin condition caused by lack of melanin in some areas of the skin, creating patches of lighter skin on the body and face.

They met online, almost a year ago, when Salman posted her picture with Harlow’s side-by-side on Instagram.

“She wrote in the caption that it was ‘weird’ how similar we looked. I commented saying that it was not weird, but that she was so gorgeous,” Harlow told Vogue Arabia. Harlow was the first model with vitiligo to walk in the much-celebrated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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It melted our hearts! Find out more about our cover stars Winnie Harlow (@winnieharlow) and Shahad Salman’s (@5sunshine1) emotional first encounter in Saudi Arabia, the day before our June issue cover shoot, now on Vogue.me. Living thousands of miles apart, the models first became acquainted via social media. “Almost a year ago, Shahad made a post on Instagram with our pictures next to each other. She wrote in the caption that it was ‘weird’ how similar we looked,” shares New York-based Harlow. “I commented saying that it was not weird, but that she was so gorgeous.” #voguearabia #womenstandingforwomen #saudiarabia #winnieharlow #shahadsalman لقد لقاءً مؤثراً! اعرفوا تفاصيل اللقاء الأول بين نجمتي غلافنا ويني هارلو وشهد سلمان في السعودية، اليوم الذي يسبق جلسة تصوير غلاف عددنا لشهر يونيو، على موقع ڤوغ العربية الآن. على الرغم من أنهما تعيشان على بعد آلاف الأميال، كان تعارفهما الأول عبر مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي تقول ويني هارلو التي تستقر في نيويورك "نشرت شهد صورتينا معاً منذ ما يقارب عام وكتبت أن الشبه بيننا كان غريباً فعلقت بأنه لم يكن غريباً وأنها تبدو رائعة".

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The models discussed their stories of success when they met during the photoshoot in Riyadh’s Sadus heritage village, and how vitiligo did not stand in the way of their dreams.

Salman, who is based in Makkah and did not have much experience in fashion before the photoshoot, was noticed on social media by Vogue Arabia staff.

The Saudi model had admitted she has not been previously comfortable with how she looked.

“Winnie was the person who gave me the confidence to fight. I never expected to meet her. Sharing time on the set of Vogue with her was a dream. I feel that now I, too, can inspire other girls from the Arab world,” Salman said.


Myriam Fares apologizes to Egyptian fans after backlash

Lebanese pop superstar Myriam Fares has apologized to her Egyptian fans over comments she made at a press conference. (File: AFP)
Updated 24 June 2019
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Myriam Fares apologizes to Egyptian fans after backlash

DUBAI: Lebanese pop superstar Myriam Fares has apologized to her Egyptian fans over comments she made at a press conference for the Moroccan Mawazine Festival on Saturday.

In a press appearance before her gig at the music festival, the star was questioned by a journalist and asked why she doesn’t perform in Egypt as much as she used to.

“I will be honest with you,” she told the journalist, “I’ve grown over the years and so did the pay and my demands, so it became a bit heavy on Egypt.”

The comment triggered intense backlash on social media, with many offended Twitter users using the platform to vent.

Egyptian singer and actor Ahmed Fahmi, who starred alongside Fares in a 2014 TV show, He replied to her comments sarcastically, tweeting: “Now you are too much for Egypt. Learn from the stars of the Arab world. You will understand that you did the biggest mistake of your life with this statement.”

Then, Egyptian songwriter Amir Teima tweeted: “Most Lebanese megastars like Elissa, Nawal (El Zoghby), Nancy (Ajram), Ragheb (Alama), and the great Majida El-Roumi have performed in Egypt after the revolution. You and I both know they get paid more than you do. Don’t attack Egypt; if it’s not out of respect, do it out of wit.”

Now, Fares has replied to the comments and has blamed the misunderstanding on her Lebanese dialect, saying: “I always say in my interviews that although I started from Lebanon, I earned my stardom in Egypt. I feel sorry that my Lebanese dialect and short reply created chances for a misunderstanding.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She ended her Instagram apology by saying, “Long live Egypt.”