Egyptian life: On TV, in a veil
|Egyptian television presenter Ghada El Tawil was allowed back on air last week after a six-year absence, in which she won the legal right to wear an Islamic headscarf, known as hijab, on screen. She tells BBC News about her fight.
Ghada can wear what she likes on screen as long as it is doesn’t look ‘strange’
I have waited six years for this moment – to present television wearing my hijab.
I only started wearing it in 2002. The rule is, when a girl gets her first period, she has to cover her hair. I didn’t – but sometimes you don’t do many things you should.
But as the years passed, I began to feel I wanted to do what God wanted. I struggled for about a year, before deciding to wear it.
More and more women are wearing the hijab, especially here. Only one or two in 10 Alexandrian women are not covered, so I was part of a wider movement of change. But I don’t think I was aware of that at the time.
Cairo is different, because it is such a big, cosmopolitan city.
Anyway, when I put the hijab on in February 2002, I was banned from being on screen.
There have been many cases like this – female presenters losing their jobs when they want to wear the hijab on air. A colleague, Hala el-Malki and I were the first to take it to court.
We got two rulings in our favour, the most recent in July 2005. It said we could wear what we liked on screen so long as it wasn’t ‘strange’. It’s taken until now for our employers [Alexandria's Channel 5, a state channel] to apply it.
There are now five of us wearing the hijab on screen.
I don’t know for sure why the management doesn’t like us wearing it. Maybe they thought we belonged to a very religious group, or something. They never gave us a proper reason.
But the reality is, most women here cover their hair. I come from Alexandria and as a presenter, I now reflect and represent my audience more closely than before.
I present a discussion programme focussing on social issues, it’s mainly aimed at women. On my return to the programme last week, so many people congratulated me in live phone calls on air!
However, my employers still haven’t let me return to my other job of reading the English-language news bulletins. I did this job for 12 years before I was stopped – but now they said I needed to pass another test. I refused to take it on principle.
When I covered my hair, I didn’t lose my ability to read the news. I can’t see the point of the ban, can you? To let me do one of my previous jobs, but not the other.
I hope I will win this next case, too.
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If you are like me …then you have a weak spot for the undeniably addictive show: The Hills.
Just so you know the season premiere was last Monday night…
My post, however, isn’t about the show, It’s about one of the characters who actually will be leaving Teen Vogue magazine this season…
With all the cattiness and drama during the show I mainly watch it for Whitney Port, she is an editor at Teen Vogue and is refreshingly down to earth, and can I say…oh so stylish…
Read below about her style!
Who are your favorite designers?
When I’m going out I like to wear Phillip Lim, Robert Rodriguez, Chloe, and vintage. During the day I like J Brand jeans, but it always varies. It seems like everything I wear is either a different designer or no designer at all! Some of the names I have in my closet: London Sole flats, JL Marks dresses, Bellabumbum bras, and Hanky Panky underwear.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
Vionnet, Diavolina, Planet Blue, Bleu on La Brea, JL Marks, Shareen Vintage (for vintage dresses), American Rag, Calypso, Scoop, Intermix, Holiday, Only Hearts (for gifts, accessories, and lingerie), and Shopbop.
Who is your style icon?
What are your favorite new trends?
I love bell bottom/wide legged jeans and high-waisted trousers.
What are some trends you’re over?
Vests, labels, fedoras, big beaded necklaces, skulls, and headbands.
What are you coveting right now?
I love wearing mini-dresses with vintage heels and my grandmother’s vintage beaded clutches. Also, bell bottom jeans from J Brand.
What are some of your style secrets?
I like wearing delicate gold chain necklaces and gold bracelets high up on my arm.
Whose closet would you most like to raid?
Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lopez.
Do you have any beauty tips for our readers?
I always use a gentler cleanser on my face (like Cetaphil) because I have sensitive skin. I love Stila Sun in Sun 1 and layer Nars blush over the bronzer. Depending on my mood, I’ll either use Deep Throat for a peachy shimmer or their Angelika blush for a bright pink shimmer. My mascara is by Fresh, for a nude lip I like Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls, and I always get my eyebrows done at Anastasia.
Whitney’s Little Black Book:
Planet Blue: 310.317.8566
Bleu: 323.939.2228, bleuclothing.com
JL Marks: 323.655.4111, jlmarks.com
Shareen Vintage: 323.276.6226 shareenvintage.com
American Rag: 323.935.3154 amrag.com
Calypso: 310.652.4454, calypso-celle.com
Scoop: 877.SCOOP.77, scoopnyc.com
Intermix: 212.966.5303, intermixonline.com
Only Hearts: 310.393.3088 onlyhearts.com
I was just searching the web as usual and came across this uber-chic site. It’s called: Catwalk to Closet…
Here is a little about them…
CatwalkToCloset.com is an on-line designer sample sale offering the most wanted international runway collections at sample sale prices.
Attracting over 40,000 visitors a month and a world wide customer base we offer carefully edited collections from designers direct and boutiques.
We often find exciting, hard to find pieces sourced from press or buyer samples, these items have detailed descriptions of their use.
Sample sales allow designers and stores to clear their garments and accessories used by the fashion press, stylists and retail buyers. These can include waiting list items which cannot be sold through traditional channels because they have been handled.
CatwalkToCloset.com works with designers and boutiques to sell sample stock as well as over produced stock, order cancellations and occasionally pieces with minor manufacturing or handling imperfections.
Just like a regular on-line boutique. However, we may have many of one item or we may have only one, we may have limited sizes and colours – and when they’re gone they’re gone. Be the first to know when new stock hits the website by registering with us. All handled pieces or imperfections are clearly photographed and described.
If you are a designer or retailer and would like information on how we work with our suppliers please call or send an e-mail to honorriley@CatwalkToCloset.com.
Be sure to check them out. I know I will be in the future.
Happy weekend to all!!!
A host of photos have emerged showing Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham cutting loose on the set of “Ugly Betty.”
Beckham filmed scenes for an episode titled “A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding,” which hits the small screen on Nov. 8.
Beckham plays herself, starring alongside another self-portraying special guest, legendary wedding-dress designer Vera Wang.
Both women are said to be involved in the wedding of Vanessa Williams’ character, Mode magazine editrix, Wilhelmina Slater.
Though it’s Willie’s wedding, Beckham apparently gets all the attention.
The inaugural issue of Vogue India hit stands today, featuring Bollywood stars Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta, local supermodels MoniKangana Dutta and Laxmi Menon, and Australian supermodel Gemma Ward all on the cover, shot by fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier.
This new edition of Vogue is expected to be more colorful and more vibrant than the western models, according to Alex Kuruvilla, managing director of Conde Nast India. He also expects it to draw attention to Indian designers, Indian photographers, and even Indian models.
The Vogue India woman has the best of both the eastern and western worlds: she wears Jimmy Choo shoes along with her traditional Indian garb.
I was pretty upset when Conde Nast International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse angrily rejected a proposal to print a Middle East edition of Vogue pointing to the region’s “violent elements.”
Hopefully, this is just one more step to creating more diversity in the western magazines. I will definitley be getting a copy of this!
It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted one. Here you go…
This weeks Throwback Sunday brings you Babyface with:
“Everytime I close my eyes.”
I dedicate to this to hubby…muaah!
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Runway Africa: Celebrating African Fashion
Be sure to buy your tickets to Runway Africa’s annual event this weekend. Celebrating African Fashion, this event is sure to be the talk of the D.C. come Monday. You can’t buy tickets at the door so get them ASAP. Ticket options include: $85.00 VIP Tickets (includes invitation to the red carpet reception, reserved upfront seats, VIP access to the After Party and invitation Harriet’s Alter Ego Trunk Show – Sunday, September 16 receive 20% off on fall collection and a free gift if you spend $150.00 or more – ticket holders must present RA VIP ticket in order to receive savings, VIP gift bag, and mini magazine). $60.00 Guaranteed Seating Tickets (complimentary access to the after party (not within the VIP area), guest gift bag, and mini magazine). $40.00 General Admission Tickets (includes admission to the event. Standing room only! ). For more info visit Runway Africa
When: Saturday September 15th, 2007
Time: 6pm for VIP ticket holders; 8pm for Fashion Show
Where: The Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, N.W. Washington D.C. 20007