British-Moroccan model Nora Attal debuts dramatic hair transformation

Nora Attal revealed a dramatic new hair color on Instagram this weekend. Instagram
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Updated 15 August 2020

British-Moroccan model Nora Attal debuts dramatic hair transformation

DUBAI: Moroccan-British model Nora Attal debuted a major new hair color this weekend on Instagram. The 21-year-old appeared in a new photography project in collaboration with designer and artist William Ndatila — perhaps better known by his Instagram handle @williamcult — in which her trademark chocolate tresses were traded in for platinum blonde locks.

In the series of images shared with her 43,000 Instagram followers, Attal can be seen taking a pair of scissors to her peroxide lengths and clutching clumps of freshly-chopped locks in her hands. 

The lockdown project titled “40 days and 40 nights” was photographed by UK-based cinematographer Victor Bastidas. The shoot was accompanied by a minute-long video, directed by Ndatila.



40 days and 40 nights a lockdown project by @williamcult @sictor @joshstovell

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The transformative hair color was a dramatic change for Attal, who has maintained a beauty signature since first making her fashion debut in 2017. Unlike many models, Attal isn’t known to switch up her hairstyles, but Attal’s newest look proves she’s certainly up for a bold transformation when fashion calls for it.

It’s likely that the extreme hair transformation is a temporary one thanks to the help of a wig, but whatever the case, Attal’s bleached locks feel like the perfect hair choice for the warmer season. 

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

Updated 21 September 2020

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

DUBAI: The search for global music group Now United’s newest member is finally over. Enter Nour Ardakani, the 18-year-old singer from Lebanon, who is set to become the band’s 16th member – and first Arab – after an extensive, months-long search for talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ardakani was hand-picked by Simon Fuller, the man who founded popular British girl band The Spice Girls and created “American Idol.”

“I think you are absolutely wonderful, and I think you would be perfect to join the group. And I would like to invite you to be the next member of Now United,” Fuller told the singer and dancer in a video call.

“Seriously, it’s me? You picked me?” asked Ardakani, to which Fuller replied: “You got it.”

The singer, who currently resides in Beirut with her family, joins fellow group for the band’s latest single “Feel It Now.”

Founded in 2017, the multinational music group announced in November last year that they were looking for a new member from the MENA region.


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Out of thousands of hopefuls in the Middle East and North Africa, 13 were shortlisted and invited to participate in a virtual audition last week in front of Fuller. Eventually, it came down to Ardakani and a 15-year-old Emirati singer, Alya Al-Ali.

Fuller picked Ardakani after hearing her recording of Now United’s song “Habibi.”