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

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.


Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris. (File/Getty Images)
Updated 17 November 2019

Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

  • Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti
  • The square bears the name of the late singer

DUBAI: Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor the late iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti. Situated between Rue de la Goutte d'Or and Polonceau, the square bears the name of the Algerian musical pioneer.

Often called the “grandma of raï music,” Rimitti was born Saadia El-Ghizania to a impoverished family near Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, in 1923.

After being orphaned during childhood, she went on to join a troupe of traditional Algerian musicians and sang and danced at weddings and celebrations around West Algeria before moving to the rural town of Relizane and writing her own songs.

During her decades-long career, she composed more than 200 songs that tackled themes of colonialism, poverty and immigration that have inspired some of today’s most celebrated raï singers, including Cheb Khaled and Rachid Taha.

She moved to Paris in 1978, where her music went on to garner international recognition. In addition to performing in sold-out tours in major cities across the world, she also collaborated with Robert Fripp and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The iconic singer died in Paris in 2006 at the age of 83 from a heart attack, just two days after performing at the Zenith.