Kourtney Kardashian rocks edgy new look for first-ever Vogue Arabia cover

Kourtney Kardashian rocked an edgy new look as she graced the cover of Vogue Arabia for the first time.The star posted snaps from the shoot on social media, and revealed she wrote the empowering coverline herself. “It is an honor @voguearabia to be on …

Kourtney Kardashian rocked an edgy new look as she graced the cover of Vogue Arabia for the first time.

The star posted snaps from the shoot on social media, and revealed she wrote the empowering coverline herself.

“It is an honor @voguearabia to be on your July/August cover! This issue is dedicated to the power of following your instincts and what makes you happy, which is why I wrote the cover lines myself, the power of reclaiming yourself,” Kourtney captioned the image on Instagram which sees the mother-of-three with a blunt bob, and wearing a bespoke chainmail piece created by sculptural womenswear designer and stylist Graham Cruz.

The shoot took place at her home in Calabasas, Los Angeles, with photographer Arved Colvin-Smith, for the upcoming issue, in which she also revealed she had finally quit the long-running reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

On working with the oldest Kardashian/Jenner sibling for the summer issue, editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut said Kourtney’s approach to holistic wellbeing was one of the reasons they chose her as cover star.

“It is this sense of reclaiming yourself that we want to celebrate in our July/August issue. If there’s anything I have learned during the recent Covid-19 lockdown, it’s that we need to take good care of ourselves – mentally and physically,” he shared.

“With this in mind, we asked wellbeing enthusiast Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest sister of the most famous family in Hollywood, to grace this summer cover. Besides creating Poosh, an online platform dedicated to healthy living, the mother of three is going through a moment that many did not see coming – leaving Keeping Up With The Kardashians. All for the sake of her own happiness.”

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Halima Aden named as diversity editor for Vogue Arabia

Halima Aden is “super proud” to be joining Vogue Arabia as the publication’s new diversity editor-at-large.The 22-year-old took to Instagram to announce the news on Thursday, and in her statement, explained to her followers that she will be working wit…

Halima Aden is “super proud” to be joining Vogue Arabia as the publication’s new diversity editor-at-large.

The 22-year-old took to Instagram to announce the news on Thursday, and in her statement, explained to her followers that she will be working with editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut on topics including human rights and racial equality.

“I’m super proud to announce that I’m joining @voguearabia as Diversity Editor at Large. I’ll be working together with the team on the promotion of topics such as human rights, race and diversity, and acceptance,” she wrote. “I’m looking forward to teaming up with @mrarnaut – the magazine’s editor, to bring you content that is meaningful and relevant, based on my own personal experience.”

Halima’s new role will include writing a monthly column that will highlight “hard-hitting social topics, inspiring personalities, and committed organisations with impactful work.”

The Somali-American star was the first person to wear a hijab on a Vogue cover when she fronted Vogue Arabia’s June issue back in 2017.

“I commend Manuel on his work over the past few years in showcasing a wide range of models from all different backgrounds,” she added. “I am most grateful that he is bringing me on, once again highlighting the value that Vogue Arabia continues to place on awareness, especially when it comes to topics that most affect those who are not necessarily represented within their current staff.”

Meanwhile, Manuel explained that he was motivated to hire Halima to help the fashion magazine “better curate topics” and strive to become more inclusive.

“I believe that in order to create content that is truly effective and meaningful, we need extra support from someone who embodies the values of our time and understands the struggles and all the layers of the topics that society is discussing now,” he stated. “I’m excited to continue our journey together.”

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Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam front Vogue Arabia’s Do It Yourself issue

Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Arabia’s Do It Yourself issue.As millions of people around the world are practicing social distancing and staying at home due to the coronavirus crisis, the publication’s edi…

Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Arabia’s Do It Yourself issue.

As millions of people around the world are practicing social distancing and staying at home due to the coronavirus crisis, the publication’s editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut decided to hand over the reins of the May 2020 issue to four top models, each of whom photographed and creative directed their own cover photoshoots.

“If the world is practicing new skills and we are invited to do more and more with our own hands, why not ask our cover stars to produce, style, and photograph their cover shoots?” he said of the concept for the Do It Yourself issue. “I was completely blown away by the quality of the images that we received from our fantastic casting. They also did their own make-up and wore their own clothes.”

For her cover, Czech supermodel Herzigova was snapped by her partner Gregorio Marsiaj while posing in a grassy field while wearing a green Alessandro Dell’Acqua dress and necklace from Dolce & Gabbana.

“I dedicate this very special cover @voguearabia to my longtime friend @alessandrodellacqua… For this out of ordinary DOITYOURSELF issue I have chosen his dress that I have kept and treasured in my closet for over 20 years. I have been a huge fan and supporter of his work since the beginning. His talent is boundless and his heart is the biggest,” the 47-year-old posted alongside an image of her cover on her Instagram page.

Meanwhile, Hammam shared an image of herself sitting in her New York City apartment, with a dark blue painted wall serving as the backdrop.

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be creative at home! I had soooo much fun shooting this. Shot at home on iPhone,” she added.

Models Constance Jablonski and Nora Attal also have their own individual covers.

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Iman shows support for Vogue Arabia’s #StayHome campaign

Supermodel Iman has backed Vogue Arabia’s #StayHome campaign amid the coronavirus crisis.Editors at the fashion publication have altered 30 covers from the course of its three-year to place face masks over the models’ faces, with the initiative designe…

Supermodel Iman has backed Vogue Arabia’s #StayHome campaign amid the coronavirus crisis.

Editors at the fashion publication have altered 30 covers from the course of its three-year to place face masks over the models’ faces, with the initiative designed to engage readers with health concerns and promote safety during the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.

“At Vogue Arabia, we want to instigate the message that we all should #StayHome and adopt the prescribed safety procedures so that we can all overcome this health crisis together, and more united than ever,” commented Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief, Manuel Arnaut.

Iman’s original cover was from March 2018. It showed the Somali star, real name Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, gazing into the distance while wearing an elaborate black headwrap and stunning feathered top.

She proudly reposted the update image showing her wearing a face mask to her Instagram page on Thursday, and added in the caption: “I’ve joined @voguearabia in the fight against Covid-19 to support their #stayhome campaign, and emphasise the importance of safe habits during the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Winnie Harlow’s June 2019 cover image has also been doctored, as have portraits of Halima Aden, Kenza Fourati, and Farida Khelfa.

“Since the cover of the magazine is a key statement, we hope all our followers join us in this campaign,” added Arnaut.

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Tom Ford: ‘Fashion makes people feel better’

Tom Ford believes fashion can make anyone feel better.The designer and director discussed the power of having a good wardrobe during an interview with his close friend and eco-activist Livia Firth for Vogue Arabia and said that feeling beautiful can ev…

Tom Ford believes fashion can make anyone feel better.

The designer and director discussed the power of having a good wardrobe during an interview with his close friend and eco-activist Livia Firth for Vogue Arabia and said that feeling beautiful can even help those with depression.

“For me, beauty is a way of feeling that everything will be OK. Like a shield,” Ford explained. “When you feel depressed, you get dressed up and it makes you feel better. I think that beautiful things are a way to make you dream in a way that films do. It transports you.”

He went on to add that he was heavily influenced by his mother and grandmother while growing up and shared his longing for the days when people held onto things and treasured expensive items.

“My grandmother enhanced my childhood dramatically. Even if I just think about her, the smell of her, the look of her, her voice… I feel happy. You know she didn’t throw things away, or have the same disposable culture that people do now,” he said, noting that he never once saw his grandmother without her make-up.

“It was a different period and I don’t know that it’s still modern by today’s standards. My mother always has her hair done… As a child it certainly seemed magical.”

Elsewhere in the interview, he shared what he wants to achieve as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), such as continuing to explore his passion of supporting young and upcoming designers in the industry through the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

“For me, the number one focus should be to support students and young emerging designers on a global scale,” he stated, before announcing that there will now be an additional CFDA award for sustainability.

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Tom Ford ‘quite torn’ over eco-friendly fashion

Tom Ford has admitted he’s “quite torn” about changing his designs and materials to become sustainable.In a new interview with his friend Livia Firth for Vogue Arabia, the designer discussed the cruelty-free fashion movement and the ways in which his f…

Tom Ford has admitted he’s “quite torn” about changing his designs and materials to become sustainable.

In a new interview with his friend Livia Firth for Vogue Arabia, the designer discussed the cruelty-free fashion movement and the ways in which his fellow designers such as Stella McCartney are championing vegan-friendly products.

Ford was asked by eco-activist Firth about how he’s making his luxury clothes sustainable, and he opened up on his struggle to combine his chic ideas with alternative materials.

“I’m quite torn. I’m torn over natural leather and fur versus fake, because fake fur takes thousands of years to biodegrade whereas fur biodegrades in six months,” he explained, adding that he also still uses polyester, which is produced using harmful chemicals and high emissions. “If you’re using real fur then there’s the cruelty to animals, which is horrible, but you could also use fur that is a food by-product. But then, of course, you’re polluting the planet because of the methane from the cattle. So, what is the best solution?”

While the 58-year-old did reveal he has changed the finishing lacquers used on his collections and is cutting down on packaging, he also confessed that he isn’t addressing the problems fast fashion is creating, despite serving as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“For me, with the kind of customer I have, fashion has not changed. I’m still making jackets in the way they would’ve been made 75 years ago and I’m doing the same with evening dresses,” Ford stated. “I don’t address a lot of the problems that fast fashion certainly has to address or be held accountable for. In my niche of an industry it has not changed, except the packaging.”

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Halima Aden was inspired by lack of representation in fashion

Halima Aden was inspired to “do something” when she became aware of the lack of representation of Muslim women in fashion.The 22-year-old has landed a series of firsts in her career so far, including becoming the first model wearing a hijab to grace th…

Halima Aden was inspired to “do something” when she became aware of the lack of representation of Muslim women in fashion.

The 22-year-old has landed a series of firsts in her career so far, including becoming the first model wearing a hijab to grace the covers of Vogue Arabia and Allure magazine and walk a runway show during New York Fashion Week.

And earlier this year, she became the first Muslim model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wearing a burkini and hijab.

In an interview with InStyle, Halima shared that she was determined to help improve representation for Muslim women.

“Growing up I didn’t see representation – anywhere,” Halima said. “If you don’t see yourself represented, do something about it. Don’t just wait for someone to come along and represent you!”

She was born and raised in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya where her family settled after fleeing from the civil war in Somalia, and moved to the U.S. at the age of seven.

She was inspired to push herself to become the first model to give other young Muslim girls a feeling of representation, and called her appearance in Sports Illustrated “a dream come true.”

“Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab,” she explained. “So many young girls and women around the world look up to me; they know they can challenge themselves too. It’s about taking ownership as a young woman… Being the first is amazing, but it means nothing without a third and a fourth.”

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Kim Kardashian credits Zac Posen with introducing her to high fashion

Kim Kardashian will always be thankful to Zac Posen for introducing her to high fashion.As one of the most photographed women in the world, the reality TV personality undoubtedly has access to any clothing brand she desires. However, in an interview wi…

Kim Kardashian will always be thankful to Zac Posen for introducing her to high fashion.

As one of the most photographed women in the world, the reality TV personality undoubtedly has access to any clothing brand she desires.

However, in an interview with her husband Kanye West for the September 2019 issue of Vogue Arabia, Kardashian explained that she will always have a soft spot for New York-based designer Posen.

“Zac Posen, who was the first designer with a fashion house to believe in me when nobody did. He invited me to the CFDA Awards (in 2010) and I remember him saying to me, ‘Kim, I see this in you, can you please trust me?’ He wanted me to wear minimal make-up. I was so uncomfortable and, of course, showed up with a full face,” she shared. “That night he introduced me to Karl Lagerfeld and I sat next to (designer) Rachel Roy. I remember being so nervous and intimidated because I knew no one. Rachel was so nice, she told me who was who and introduced me to so many people.”

Kardashian has undergone a major style transformation since she began dating West in 2012 and often credits the rapper with inspiring her to be more daring with fashion.

As well as collaborating with her husband, the 38-year-old also has fond memories of working alongside Manfred Thierry Mugler, who created her crystal-studded beige Latex look for the 2019 Met Gala, Alexander Wang, Riccardo Tisci, and fashion editors Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld, as well as the late Karl Lagerfeld.

“I will always remember my shoot with Karl Lagerfeld that Carine styled – he wanted very specific sheets for a shot that we did so he sent someone to his own home so that we could use them,” the star added.

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Edward Enninful would love to see launch of Vogue Africa

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful would love to see the creation of Vogue Africa.The British-Ghanaian stylist joined the fashion publication in 2017 and has since gone on to win praise for his promotion of inclusivity and diversity, especia…

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful would love to see the creation of Vogue Africa.

The British-Ghanaian stylist joined the fashion publication in 2017 and has since gone on to win praise for his promotion of inclusivity and diversity, especially for the September 2019 edition, in which he worked alongside guest-editor Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to highlight the work of 15 inspiring women.

While Vogue is published around the world, with countries such as Japan and Italy having their own versions, Enninful has now shared that he is certain there is enough appetite in Africa for the continent to warrant its own magazine.

“We could see that at the (Conde Nast International Luxury) conference (held in Cape Town in April) – you can feel the energy and the excitement and the desire to be a part of the world conversation when it comes to luxury,” he commented in an interview with the new Vogue Business website. “It could have satellite offices in north, south, east, west that report into one place.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Enninful spoke about how he has scoured the Vogue archives for inspiration and in some ways, views himself as a “guardian” of the fashion bible.

He also noted that he wants to encourage conversation about the “new Britain,” while simultaneously reflecting social and political changes around the world.

“The world has changed so much. People were ready to embrace something that reflected them. And for me, it was all about bringing Vogue back to what it was like in the ’70s and ’80s when it was about people, and you could see yourself,” the 47-year-old added.

Previously, Enninful’s good friend and British Vogue contributor, supermodel Naomi Campbell, also called for the launch of Vogue Africa in a chat with Reuters.

“There should be a Vogue Africa. We just had Vogue Arabia – it is the next progression. It has to be,” she said, referring to the Middle East edition, first published in March 2017.

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Winnie Harlow first reached out to Vogue Arabia co-star over Instagram

Winnie Harlow first reached out to her fellow Vogue Arabia cover star, and vitiligo sufferer, Shahad Salman a year ago.The Canadian model, who has had the skin condition since she was a child, has been tapped by the fashion publication’s editor-in-chie…

Winnie Harlow first reached out to her fellow Vogue Arabia cover star, and vitiligo sufferer, Shahad Salman a year ago.

The Canadian model, who has had the skin condition since she was a child, has been tapped by the fashion publication’s editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut to appear alongside local rising star Shahad, who also has vitiligo, for the magazine’s June 2019 issue.

Speaking about the photoshoot, Winnie shared that she interacted with Shahad on Instagram over 12 months ago and found it amazing to be modelling next to her in Riyadh.

“Almost a year ago, Shahad made a post on Instagram with our pictures next to each other. She wrote in the caption that it was ‘weird’ how similar we looked,” she recalled in an interview for the publication. “I commented saying that it was not weird, but that she was so gorgeous.”

In addition, the photo-sharing platform was where Vogue Arabia editors spotted Shahad.

And the model couldn’t be more thrilled to have landed the gig with Winnie, especially as they are able to use the photoshoot to open up a discussion about women and positive representation.

“Before, I didn’t feel good about myself and I didn’t like the way I looked. Winnie was the person who gave me the confidence to fight. I never expected to meet her. Sharing time on the set of Vogue with her was a dream. I feel that now I, too, can inspire other girls from Arab world,” said Shahad.

Following the release of the Vogue Arabia cover, Winnie took to her Instagram to praise the team and express her excitement over landing her debut Vogue gig, with some of her celebrity followers, including Kim Kardashian, Jourdan Dunn, and Cindy Bruna, applauding her.

“After every rejection, every naysayer, every trial and tribulation. Every night travelling and living alone without my family and friends. All to be able to tell, no SHOW the world that representation matters,” the 24-year-old wrote.

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