Moroccan model Tilila OulHajj featured in a global campaign

From modeling for local labels Maison ARTC and Bougroug to landing a Vogue Arabia cover, the 23-year-old Tilila OulHajj is set for a big 2020. (Vogue)
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Updated 10 January 2020

Moroccan model Tilila OulHajj featured in a global campaign

  • OulHajj was photographed by fellow Moroccan photographer Mous Lamrabat for YSL
  • OulHajj, who was also listed as one of Arab News’ rising Arab models to watch out for in 2020, grew up in the Atlas mountains

DUBAI: It looks like 2020 is off to a great start for the Moroccan model Tilila OulHajj.

From modeling for local labels Maison ARTC and Bougroug to landing a Vogue Arabia cover, the 23-year-old has just been revealed as the newest face of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty’s new cosmetics collection entitled “Pure Shots.”

OulHajj was photographed by fellow Moroccan photographer Mous Lamrabat for the Parisian label’s Instagram page.

OulHajj, who was also listed as one of Arab News’ rising Arab models to watch out for in 2020, grew up in the Atlas mountains. She was a debate teacher before turning to full-time modeling in Marrakech. 

It is no surprise that the label’s latest collection is inspired by the Moroccan city. 

It was in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé first traveled to the North African country. Laurent was born and brought up in Algeria, but it was Morocco that became his home away from home.

“In 1966 Yves Saint Laurent fell madly in love with Marrakech and its colors. Ever since, he used the city as a source of inspiration for his creation,” the account shared on Instagram. “In 2020, the journey continues, as daring as ever.”

The new collection of makeup and skincare is infused with natural and potent ingredients plucked from the brand’s Ourika Gardens, a botanical garden situated at the foothills of the Atlas mountains. 


Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers.” (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2020

Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

DUBAI: Arab designers took over the red carpet at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Yvonne Strahovski and Sian Clifford showing off looks from the Middle East.

Singer and actress Lopez, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers,” showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and thigh-high slit. The column gown featured a floor-grazing train and the star accessorized the look with sparkling diamonds and a chic up-do with fronds of hair framing her face.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli.

Jennifer Lopez showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. (AFP)

Helmed by designer Ahmed Khyeli, the fashion house dressed Strahovski in an ethereal column gown from its Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The look featured a peek-a-boo cutout on the bodice, along with elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves that ended just above the elbows.

British stage and TV actress Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit, complete with a plunging neckline and gold detailing on the jet black lapels. The glamorous evening look came courtesy of Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad.

Yvonne Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli. (AFP)

The leading ladies were all in attendance when South Korean film “Parasite” shocked the Screen Actors Guild Awards by landing the night’s top prize, a historic win which thrusts the black comedy into Oscars contention.

The critical smash hit film overcame the language barrier to win outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the SAG equivalent of a best film Academy Award, AFP reported.

“I’m a little embarrassed feeling like we’re the parasites of Hollywood now,” joked actor Lee Sun-Kyun.

Director Bong Joon-Ho admitted that “it is true that the momentum is building” for the Oscars.

Sian Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit. (AFP)

The film, which merges comedy, drama and horror genres, follows a poor family as it infiltrates a wealthier household, and tackles the widening class gulf.

“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the film is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said star Song Kang-ho, collecting the award.

The much-hyped movie had missed out on main prizes at the Golden Globes and Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards.

But Sunday’s win underlines the breakout movie’s extraordinary popularity in Hollywood.

It beat “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.