The Goodness Podcast: A window on women’s struggles   

Noor Tehini is the co-founder of The Goodness Podcast. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 July 2020

The Goodness Podcast: A window on women’s struggles   

DUBAI: For years, women in the Middle East have struggled to speak up on issues that have only been whispered about in the region, said co-founder of The Goodness Podcast Noor Tehini. 

To give women a chance to openly discuss these taboo topics, Tehini, who is Lebanese and who grew up in the UAE, decided to start the online platform and community Goodness two years ago, dedicated to tackling matters relating to women’s wellness in a real, honest, and holistic way. 

In January, on the second anniversary of the online platform’s founding, Tehini launched The Goodness Podcast “with the goal of celebrating the inspirational stories of women living in the Middle East,” she said, speaking to Arab News.  

“There was so much information, wisdom and raw honesty to be shared and no better way to convey that than by allowing our community to essentially eavesdrop on our conversations,” added Tehini.

Now at its 26th episode, the podcast has welcomed a number of guests, including entrepreneurs, nutritional therapists and mothers.

“We’ve had women openly discuss eating disorders, postpartum depression, miscarriages, and more on our various platforms,” Tehini said. 

However, the entrepreneur still thinks there are specific topics that women are not yet comfortable discussing. “A few topics that I’ve found women still struggle to speak about openly are marital issues and matters relating to sexual health,” she explained.  

And if the tables were to turn and Tehini were a guest on the podcast, she said she would probably discuss self-discovery — “Finding your voice, both personally and professionally, learning about who you are, trusting yourself, and allowing a full and accepting expression of that,” she elaborated.

“In some of the darkest moments of my life, conversations and connections with other women were the light I needed. These are the moments when you realize that you are not alone, that other people are going through what you are going through, and that, through honest conversation, you can learn from each other or at the very least experience some sort of release through sharing,” she added. 

Now, at the top of Tehini’s guest list are Lebanese actress Razane Jammal, sexologist Sandrine Atallah, and body-positive advocate Danae Mercer.

“It’s a long and hard journey, but I’m loving every step of the way,” she said. 

Moroccan-British model Nora Attal announces engagement

Updated 30 October 2020

Moroccan-British model Nora Attal announces engagement

DUBAI: Moroccan-British model Nora Attal announced her engagement to cinematographer Victor Bastidas on Thursday.

Captioning a series of images of the proposal on Instagram, the 21-year-old model told her 45,000 followers: “Forever my life partner... @sictor.”


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The proposal took place on a beach in Formentera, an island in Spain. Among the pictures the bride-to-be shared, Attal showed off her engagement ring — a simple round-cut solitaire.

It is unclear when exactly the couple started dating, but Attal has worked with the UK-based cinematographer for multiple shoots, from magazine covers to brand deals.

During the lockdown, Attal and Bastidas shared pictures of themselves quarantining together.



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The model was first discovered by Jonathan Anderson, founder of the JW Anderson label, and shot a campaign for the British fashion house in 2014 before she had even taken her first steps down a catwalk.

She would go on to become a runway fixture. Based in London and signed to Viva Model Management, Attal has worked with a number of renowned designers and stylists. She has walked the runway for major fashion houses including Chanel, Fendi, Burberry and Valentino, to name only a few.