Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Inspiring women

I haven't posted anything in five months and in that time we lost three great inspiring women.
One of the ladies is a woman who with Toni Frissell inspired me to study photography and that is Eve Arnold. She took those intimate photos of Marilyn and went Dubai
and of course that now infamous photograph of Malcom XEve was one of the best photographers Eve's coffee table book All about Eve is must haveAnother great inspring photographer was Lillian Bassman. You can't say much about Lillian other than let her work speak for its self.
Some of it Lillian's photos are like paintings
 
Marie Colvinthe award winning veteran journalist, who passed away last week in the Syrian city of Homs was one brave woman.Despite losing an eye in Sri Lanka
Marie never stopped reporting from the front line and was more than just inspiring woman and journalist.

Miu Miu Shoegasm

Check out this cute  studded leather clutch by Miu Miu
Miu Miu Miu Miu
You only need the perfect spring/summer dress and these cutewhipstirched leather sandals
Miu Miu
Miu Miu
Or if you want some of opposite colour how about these suede glitter and crystal embellished sandals. Also by Miu Miu
 Miu Miu Miu Miu

Sunday, 26 February 2012

If you want to talk about women's right...

On Saturday I went to cinema with friend of mine, and I meet
a woman who really got on my nerves.  This woman, wasn't vicious she was just ignorant and bandwagon rider.
The woman came to me and my friend and started to talk about a new model who is the face Lancome. She spoke about how this model named Hanaa is the first ever Muslim model. And the fact that Hanaa is first '' ever'' Muslim model to front a major cosmetic campaign, we as Muslim and Cushtic/Maghreb girls must be proud. Because now we had someone to look up too. As Hanaa’s work would be freeing lot ''oppressed women.
’’ GET THE FUCK OUT HERE'' were the words I wanted to scream, but I screamed under my breath ''as I am Muslim girl'' Recently French cosmetic giant Lancome Paris, unveiled a new face alongside Canadian Polish model Daria and Brazilian Arlenis
The model in question is Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem. Now looking at picture of Hanaa (the one in the middle) one would think beautiful girl and just another model. Well Lancome decided to let the world know that this model is different from the rest of the models. Because this model is in fact a Muslim model. 
Hanaa is the first Muslim model to front campaign for Lancome Paris,but she isn't the first Muslim model to front a cosmetic campaign and I don't understand why religion is being mention now.Since no one mentioned that Somalia Canadian model Yasmin Warsame was Muslim model when she fronted Revlon campaign few years ago or when she got the Loreal Youth Code campaign
Or when Algerian French actress Leila Bekhti got the Loreal campaign
Of course Iman and Revlon hit one stone with two birds back in 1978. When Iman became the first Muslim and black model to front cosmetic campaign and so did Waris Dirie when she became the first Muslim woman to front Loreal and Oil of Olay.

I find the notion and the belief that women who is advertising make up is freeing another women an ignorant ideology. 
Now I am happy that someone from Africa regardless of her skin colour is getting job and fronting campaigns. What faith she practices or whether she Cushtic or Maghreb or Bantu has nothing to do with my support for Hanaa.
As much Hanaa being beautiful sister, she isn't the first Muslim model and she isn’t freeing shit. Hanaa is smart girl she was engineering student before she decided to become full time model.
Women are free when she isn’t judged on her looks or sexuality, but on her achievement as individual human being. And just because someone is wearing hijab doesn’t make her oppressed and shackled. 
Yes there are some atrocities committed against women around the world. But let’s not jump on the ignorant wagon. I personally find the idea that someone selling make up is freeing women as an repugnant thought. What women wears doesn't equal her rights. Now days, sometimes you feel, that just when women rights take one step forward.Someone puts them back, two steps. We have a culture these days where people seemed to think, being half naked equals to woman being free. Perhaps that is the reason why we have grown women calling themselves Barbie's now days and spending thousands to look like Barbie Like it's an endearing compliment. Barbie is plastic toy and if women lets herself be compered to an plastic toy, what are the chances that she won't be treated like plastic toy.
In the 70's Germanie Greek and co burned their bras and before that the suffragettes started the whole march for the Women's rights. 
Still to this day women every where are still fighting for their rights. I am glad we live in age where women have become along way and today we have women is different jobs.
 I hate the idea of women who wear hijab as oppressed women




I am fed up with mainstream media presentation of Muslim women. Islam doesn't oppresses women but misogynist men do. One of the worlds first and founder of one of the oldest academic degree producing universities in the world was Muslim woman by the name of Fatima al Fihri.
We live in age where religion and culture have become twinned and some people truly believe what they read and see in the media forgetting that  media is sometimes full of dirty tricks. I hope people wont take this post as me attacking Hanaa, but I am mad at the idea that some model who happens to be model and Muslim is suddenly superior to hard working sisters and is somehow freeing them.
While ago Turkish German model posed naked for Playboy in order for to be ''free''. That's right in 21st century order for women to be free and empowered she needs shed her clothes Sila must be liberated right now.
This makes me chuckle though