Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam auction pieces from their wardrobes for a good cause

Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid donated a Fenty jacket and Dior saddle bag. (File/AFP)
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Updated 06 June 2020

Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam auction pieces from their wardrobes for a good cause

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam and 21 other models have decided to donate personal pieces from their wardrobes to raise funds for two worthy causes in a charitable auction launching on June 9.

All proceeds from the The Way We Wore auction, in collaboration with pre-owned fashion platform Hardly Ever Worn it, will be split between NHS Charities Together and the NAACP. 

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With everything that has been happening in the world these last few months, I have been touched to see how the fashion industry has been rallying. In the July 2020 issue, some of my favourite models from the @BritishVogue family have taken part in a special online auction to raise money for @NHSCharitiesTogether and @NAACP, by each selecting a look from their own wardrobe to auction off, and documenting themselves in the process. You will have the chance to bid on these prized items for the first ever #TheWayWeWoreAuction, a collaboration with @HardlyEverWornIt. The event will begin on at 2pm BST on 9 June and end at 2pm BST on 12 June. See the supermodel selfies and items in full in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download now. LINK IN BIO for more on the auction.

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Each participating model, including Kate Moss, Irina Shayk, Adut Akech and Joan Smalls, selected a piece from their own wardrobes that was special to them, photographed themselves in it, and then donated the piece to the charity auction, which was put together by British Vogue.

Part-Palestinian mom-to-be Hadid chose a Fenty jacket and  Dior saddle bag to donate. Sudanese catwalk star Akech sent over a quilted Chanel handbag she was gifted after walking in the French maison’s latest show.

Other top models who took part in the auction include Ashley Graham, who donated a Christian Siriano dress she had previously worn to the CFDA awards, while 90’s supermodel Helena Christensen sent a vintage Christian Dior dress she had worn to an Oscars party.

The Way We Wore auction launches on Tuesday June 9 at 2pm BST and will remain open for 72 hours. Visit to register your interest and receive a notification ahead of the auction launch.

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 


Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 


It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 


Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 


ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.