US-Iraqi beauty mogul Huda Kattan to appear in new Quibi series ‘About Face’

Huda Kattan is undoubtedly a gamechanger in the beauty industry. File/Instagram
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Updated 04 August 2020

US-Iraqi beauty mogul Huda Kattan to appear in new Quibi series ‘About Face’

DUBAI: US-Iraqi beauty mogul Huda Kattan is set to make an appearance  in British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s new Quibi series “About Face.”

The six-part show, which is set to launch on Aug 10, focuses on business development and entrepreneurship in the beauty industry. 

The 36-year-old Kattan, who founded her eponymous beauty empire Huda Beauty in 2013, is among several of the high-profile guests and beauty entrepreneurs who will join Huntington-Whitely, including cosmetics mogul Kylie Jenner, Glossier chief executive Emily Weiss, South Korean beauty influencer Park Hye-min, celebrity make-up artist Sir John and hairstylist Jen Atkin.

It is expected that the model will “get up close and personal with beauty industry trailblazers,” giving insights into product breakthroughs and game-changing items.

Kattan is undoubtedly a gamechanger in the beauty industry, making her a fitting guest for the show.

In addition to being at the helm of one of the world’s fastest-growing makeup brands, the Dubai-based entrepreneur also  recently-launched a skin care range titled Wishful. She is also the co-founder of a fragrance line titled Kayali, in collaboration with her younger sister Mona Kattan.

From a humble start of beauty blogging after leaving the corporate world, Kattan has become one of the most recognizable names in makeup around the world, and has amassed a social media following of over 46.5 million – to put that into perspective, more people follow the Huda Beauty Instagram account than four times the population of the UAE. 

Meanwhile, Huntington-Whiteley is not the first high-profile collaborator of the streaming service. Since its launch in April of this year, the platform, which specializes in short-form content under 10 minutes per episode, has partnered with talent like Alexander Wang, Chrissy Teigen, Idris Elba and Reese Witherspoon among others.

Huntington-Whiteley’s series on the American short-form streaming platform was announced in December last year. 

The model is an executive producer on the show, alongside Lily Berg. Also working on the project is Alfred Street Industries, the production company behind “Project Runway.”

Huntington-Whitely has experience in the brand side of beauty too, having joined Hourglass as its first brand ambassador this year. Prior to that, the model was the face of BareMinerals. 


Art Dubai announces new format, appoints Hala Khayat as regional head

Updated 22 September 2020

Art Dubai announces new format, appoints Hala Khayat as regional head

DUBAI: In a year that has become known for its constant stream of cancellations, postponements and transformations, Art Dubai has just announced that its 14th fair, which will take place on March 17-21, 2021 will have a revised format in line with today’s ever shifting possibilities. The fair has also announced that Hala Khayat, a long-time modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art expert and a former specialist in Arab, Iranian and Turkish art at Christie’s Dubai, will be its new regional director. While at Christie’s, Khayat, who comes from Syria, set up an NGO titled SAFIR in 2014 that promotes the work of young Syrian artists.

Portrait of Hala Khayat. Supplied

“Art Dubai will take place next year with an adapted program that takes into account expected social-distancing measures,” Khayat told Arab News. “This will include an adapted fair layout, a more personalized experience orchestrated through a new app and more outdoor experiences provided by the wonderful weather in the UAE during March and the fair’s unique location by the beach.”

For the first time, the fair will take place across multiple venues across the UAE. In addition to its long-time home at Madinat Jumeirah, these include the Jameel Arts Center in Dubai, the Sharjah Art Foundation and Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi, supported by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

By Mohammed Kazem. Supplied

“In addition, we are planning an exciting week-long program of events outside of the fair and throughout the UAE, leveraging on synergies between the fair and the UAE’s main cultural institutions in celebration of the UAE’s 50th anniversary,” she added.

This new way of expressing creative synergies with UAE-based institutions constitutes the silver-lining of this year’s tumultuous changes: It’s time to look outside the traditional setting of an art fair and expand the program locally. With the lack of international travel these days, fairs need to creatively adapt their programs to harness greater local interest.

By Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim. Supplied

On the digital front, Art Dubai has some new additions. These include the new online exhibitions program, Art Dubai Portrait Exhibitions, which will present leading artists from across the Global South in the lead-up to the fair. It will kick off with works by Timo Nasseri, to be followed by Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Aya Haidar, Dia Azzawi and Abdul Rahman Katanani.

Abdul Rahman Katanani. Supplied

There will also be a viewing room for all participating galleries, a series of presentations and other digital events planned for the week of the fair.

“The present moment requires a deeper than ever sense of community and engagement,” Khayat said. “I look forward to playing my part in nurturing existing as well as new relationships and engaging in audiences in the region and the broader Global South.”