Model Rawdah Mohamed looks majestic in Lebanese look

Rawdah Mohamed knows all about delivering a head-turning style moment. (Getty Images)
Updated 10 November 2019

Model Rawdah Mohamed looks majestic in Lebanese look

  • Rawdah Mohamed was photographed earlier this week wearing a head-to-toe white look from Nicolas Jebran
  • The ensemble was equal parts modest and elegant

DUBAI: Rawdah Mohamed knows all about delivering a head-turning style moment. The Somali-born model who is based in Finland, has amassed a loyal legion of Instagram followers, mainly followers of modest fashion, who flock to her page for bold style inspiration.

Indeed, whether she’s rocking a mesh, chainmail headdress over her hijab during Paris Fashion Week or sporting dramatic eyewear during an off-duty stroll around the city, the 27-year-old stands out for her unconventional and glamorous sartorial choices that constantly redefine the meaning of modest dressing.

Her most recent look is no exception. Mohamed was photographed at Norwegian celebrity gala Kjendisgallaen 2019 earlier this week wearing a head-to-toe white look that oozed resplendence. The regal ensemble was plucked from Lebanese couturier-to-the-stars Nicolas Jebran’s Spring 2019 “Beyond Infinity” collection.

The show-stopping gown was the perfect mixture of elegance and modesty, boasting a high neckline, flowy, floor-trailing train and billowing, caped sleeves. The Oslo-based beauty, who started wearing the head scarf when she was seven-years-old, paired the look with coordinating long, fitted gloves and a sparkling, ivory veil that was neatly tucked into the gown.

The dress is “directed towards the daring yet unique women of the 21st century,” Jebran told Arab News. “The simplicity in the fabric (and) the complexity in the design gives the woman wearing it different kind of power, the power to impose, to impress and to lead with all the embedded femininity within.”

Sharing a picture of herself alongside a striking black-and-white clip from the event with her 51,700 Instagram followers, Mohamed wrote: “All hail! Your Majesty showed up to a red carpet in @nicolasjebranworld. Thank you @nicolasjebran for dressing me and making me look like the Highness I feel on the inside.”

Mohamed, a healthcare professional who works with autistic children, first caught the attention of model scouts during Oslo Fashion Week 2019 due to her striking features and intriguing style. She is currently represented by Norwegian modeling agency Idol Look.

She’s also appeared on the pages of publications like the US and Arab editions of Vogue as well as V Magazine, in addition to landing her first magazine cover with Norway-based Costume Norge back in August.

The model spoke to V Magazine in March, explaining that her time in the fashon industry so far had been challenging.

“I really wanted (fashion) to be a place where I could just be myself and everyone would just accept me for who I am,” she said. “I was very sad to realize that, no, this is yet another place where I still have to fight to be me and to be able to free to dress however I like and to look however I like.”

Mohamed joins the unprecedented lineup of other ground-breaking hijab-wearing faces pushing for inclusivity in the fashion industry, such as Somali-American model Halima Aden, Egyptian-Ivorian Kadija Diawara and breakout star of the 2019 runways Ugbad Abdi, to name but a few. 


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.