Where Is Body Positivity and Plus-Size Fashion in the Middle East?

Where Is Body Positivity and Plus-Size Fashion in the Middle East?

by Rana Elhawary

Over the past few years, the Middle East’s fashion scene has grown in diverse ways. Firstly, the number of designers that are actively present in the region increased and, consequently, the quality and range of available designs and styles produced by said designers.     Secondly, there is a growing number of trend-setting celebrities and […]

Wrap My Hijab Music Video Reveals Sickening ‘Hijabiphobia’

by Rana Elhawary

Last week, Mona Haydar — a veiled, Muslim, pregnant, Syrian-American — released a music video commemorating the very first official International Muslim Woman’s Day. Haydar released the video hoping it would combat certain stereotypes regarding veiled women being passive, oppressed, and voiceless.   This is one of those situations when the intention of the artist […]

Why Nike’s New Middle Eastern Women’s Campaign Is Everything

Why Nike’s New Middle Eastern Women’s Campaign Is Everything

  Nike, a brand inspired by a woman herself being the Greek Goddess of Victory, has long collaborated with powerful women throughout its history. Supporting athletes, empowering women and pushing every little girl with a dream that ‘she can’ but she needs to ‘just do it’.   Their latest campaign that focuses on female Arab athletes […]

If ‘La La Land’ Was Set in the Middle East

If ‘La La Land’ Was Set in the Middle East

La La Land, an original film starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle, just made Golden Globes history.     The throwback musical earned seven Golden Globes, which is the most awards for a single movie ever. The film swept all of its nominated categories (Best Motion Pictures – Musical or […]

Q&A: Facebook MENA’s Leading Lady Amira Rashad

Q&A: Facebook MENA’s Leading Lady Amira Rashad

By Monaliza Wahba

  If you are an entrepreneur or familiar with the MENA business and technology world, you must have heard of Amira Rashad, an Egyptian Harvard Business School graduate, Facebook’s UAE Head of Brand and one of the leading women in the MENA business world. Formerly, the mother of two was responsible for all Yahoo! sites, […]

What I Wish I Knew Before Being Born an Arab Girl

What I Wish I Knew Before Being Born an Arab Girl

By Merna Abdelaziz Sakr

I am an Arab girl that has recently realized the privileges of being just that, an Arab. I have recently acknowledged that my fresh love for my heritage was perpetuated through this realization: If I was made ready for what my life would’ve inevitably become because of my gender and heritage, I would have managed […]

#SaudiWomenVote For the First Time Ever!

#SaudiWomenVote For the First Time Ever!

This week marked a milestone that will always be remembered in Saudi Arabia. The woman of Saudi have finally been granted the right to vote! Not only that, but women have been elected as candidates for the first time ever! Saudi women took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm under the hashtag #SaudiWomenVote. Below are some of […]

#ArabWomenInScience: Egyptian Dr. Nashwa El-Bendary Wins L’Oreal-UNESCO Award

#ArabWomenInScience: Egyptian Dr. Nashwa El-Bendary Wins L’Oreal-UNESCO Award

By Alia Atef

For 17 years, the L’Oréal–UNESCO Award for Women in Science has supported many distinguished women in the scientific field, one of whom went on to win the Nobel Prize. In order to recognize and help more women achieve the success they desire, they created a regional branch of the award: the L’Oréal–UNESCO for Women in […]

Arab Women Vs. Arab Women: A War We NEED To Stop

Arab Women Vs. Arab Women: A War We NEED To Stop

We Arab women are constantly scrutinized by everyone from our inner circles to politicians. We’re either “oppressed” or over-sexualized; it’s an endless fight for equal recognition simply because of our background. But alas, the biggest opponent to Arab women is not the Orientalist Western world, it’s ourselves. As sad as it is, it’s unfortunately true; […]

Arabs in Hollywood Movies Vs. Arabs in Real Life

Arabs in Hollywood Movies Vs. Arabs in Real Life

Hat tip to meme bank 9GAG for this find! I don’t know how many times we have to explain to people that no, we don’t ride camels to work.       WE SAID THIS: Don’t miss 12 Things About Egyptians That Give Foreigners Culture Shock. Scoop Team Select Staff Writers from the Scoop Empire […]

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