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Pakistan’s First Female Architect Yasmeen Lari Conferred Highest Architecture Award By King Charles

New Age Islam News Bureau

28 April 2023

Pakistan’s First Female Architect Yasmeen Lari Conferred Highest Architecture Award By King Charles

Saudi Mountaineer Raha Moharrak Is Back On Top Of The World

Saudi Model Amira Al-Zuhair Fronts Italian Luxury Fashion House Prada Campaign

How Muslim Models, Designers Navigate The Complexity Of Hijabs In Fashion

For Saudi Artist Abeer Al-Zaaied, Women’s Issues Remain A Powerful Source Of Inspiration

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



 Pakistan’s First Female Architect Yasmeen Lari Conferred Highest Architecture Award By King Charles


Professor Yasmeen Lari, founder of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan,


April 27, 2023

ISLAMABAD/LONDON – Professor Yasmeen Lari, founder of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, has been awarded UK’s King Royal Gold Medal for Architecture for her work related to zero-carbon self-build concepts for displaced populations.

Royal Institute of British Architects announced the award which is the world’s highest accolade for architecture. King Charles III reportedly gave a nod to the medal that is awarded to a person who has had a noteworthy effect on the development of architecture. Royal Gold Medal will be officially presented to Prof Lari in June this year.

In a statement, RIBA said the 82-year-old was a “revolutionary force who has had an immeasurable influence on the trajectory of the architecture and humanitarian work”.

Lari, an Oxford graduate, said she never imagined that as she focus on the country’s most marginalised people, venturing down uncharted vagabond pathways, she could still be considered for the highest of honours in the architectural profession.

British High Commission in Pakistan leads the felicitation with a post on Twitter. “Congrats Yasmeen Lari on winning His Majesty the King’s Royal Gold Medal for Architecture,” the tweet said, and dropped pictures of students from South Asian nation and the UK who gathered at Granny Square in London to “live build 2 zero/low carbon structures designed by Lari”.

For the unversed, Lari, who left Pakistan at a tender age, played a key role in promoting sustainable architecture, disaster relief, and preservation of cultural heritage in the South Asian nation, and etched her name in history books for being the first female architect of Pakistan and first ever Muslim woman to have started her own architectural firm.

Besides raking accolades in world of architecture, Yasmin has done exceptional work in humanitarian work. Since stepping down in 2000, the noted academic transferred her attention to creating accessible, environmentally friendly construction systems.



Saudi Mountaineer Raha MoharrakIs Back On Top Of The World


In May, 2013, Raha Moharrak became the first Saudi woman to scale Mount Everest. (Supplied)


William Mullally

April 28, 2023

DUBAI: No one climbs a mountain alone. Whether you’re nearing the peak or at the beginning of your journey, there is always a helping hand that helps you achieve what you once thought was impossible. Saudi mountaineer Raha Moharrak has learned this lesson again and again. 

In May, 2013, Moharrak became the first Saudi woman to scale Mount Everest. Now, 10 years later, she will provide that helping hand herself — enabling two young women to achieve their dreams along with her as she once again sets off to summit the world’s tallest mountain. 

“As long as I’ve been thinking about this journey, I knew I could never return to Everest just to post it on social media. If I was going to go back, I had to give back as well,” Moharrak tells Arab News. “I remember how hard it was to find a sponsor, how hard it was to find a person to take my hand. I want to be that person. I want to be the positive change I once needed so badly — to pass the torch to the next generation of adventurers.” 

To find the young women up to the task, Moharrak worked with Adidas to set up a region-wide competition which received thousands of applicants, far more than she had ever anticipated. In the exhaustive selection process that followed, they whittled it down to two, both based in the UAE. Moharrak will be setting off in mid-May with the winners, all sponsored by the world’s second-biggest sportwear brand. 

“Going back is amazing. Paying it forward is more amazing. I feel this is a nice ending to the legacy. Being able to open the door to someone’s dream is always what I wanted. I never wanted to be the story itself — I wanted to be the storyteller,” Moharrak says. “I’ve always thought that being the first to do something doesn’t mean as much if you’re also the last.”




Saudi Model Amira Al-ZuhairFronts Italian Luxury Fashion House PradaCampaign

April 28, 2023

DUBAI: Saudi model Amira Al-Zuhair has landed herself another campaign, this time with Italian luxury fashion house Prada.

In the short clip shared on her Instagram page, Al-Zuhair, who was born in Paris to a French mother and Saudi father, is seen wearing chunky white sunglasses with black frames and the brand’s iconic triangle logo on the sides.

“Loved shooting this, thank you to an amazing team,” she said on Instagram, captioning the video.

The model’s outfit was not fully visible in the clip, but Al-Zuhair appeared to be wearing an off white blouse with black detailing.

It has been a breakout period for the Saudi model, who was raised in London.

She recently made international headlines by working with some of the world’s most renowned brands, including Giorgio Armani, Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabbana.

Al-Zuhair, who is signed with Elite Model Management, shows no signs of slowing. With labels and brands clamoring to work with her, it seems that she will grab as many opportunities as possible.

She walked for multiple runways during Paris Fashion Week, including shows for GiambattistaValli, Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani and Lebanese designers Georges Chakra and Georges Hobeika.

“With each show you get a different atmosphere, mood and energy. There’s a different inspiration behind each collection, and that’s reflected in the clothes and the way we act and walk. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that I’ve been given and to all of these designers for trusting me. It’s a big responsibility,” she previously told Arab News.

“I see the work that goes into it behind the scenes, and it’s a very emotional experience. To me, fashion is an art and a form of self-expression. I’m honored to be able to present these collections and their designers’ works of art to the world.”




How Muslim models, designers navigate the complexity of hijabs in fashion

April 28, 2023

From the catwalks of Milan and New York to the covers of the largest fashion magazines around the globe, hijab-wearing models are redefining the face of fashion.

Several major brands such as Lululemon, Nike, Adidas and H&M, are featuring ads and clothing that is marketed to Muslim women, and some experts say this inclusivity is just scratching the service. Others say that in some instances the fashion companies' push for diversity is reduced to tokenism.

"I think that [the hijab is] here to stay. How that looks is the question," Renee Hill, a designer and former "Project Runway contestant," told ABC News.

When Somali-Norwegian model Rawdah Mohamed recently walked the red carpet for H&M, she told ABC News that the company made adjustments to ensure her religious beliefs were adhered to.

Mohamed said that many of the times that responsibility falls on her.

"So when you come as a model, you're not only a model, you come in as an educator [and]your you have so many roles," she told ABC News. "I need to make sure that they understand the way I look and they understand my culture and my religion and why this has to be done the right way."

"So even if it might be exhausting and I don't want to do it…I understand that my responsibilities are bigger than that, and my I have a higher purpose in life than just to be a model, to take a picture and go home," she added.

Mohamed and other Muslim members of the fashion community have taken their voices to a global level to speak out against injustices against concerning the hijab.

Compulsory hijab laws in Iran sparked protests after the death of Mahsa Amini for allegedly improperly wearing her hijab according to government standards. Several hijab bans have been proposed in France.

"I'm afraid to walk in the streets of Paris because you have politicians who are tweeting my name," Mohamed said. "So they make me out to be the enemy of the state of the nation so that it's wild."

In 2021, Mohamed launched a social media campaign called #handsoffmyhijab that went viral with many non-Muslim celebrities joining in.

Fashion journalist Noor Tagouri told ABC News that it's important for Muslim models and designers to speak out and take back the narrative.

"Fashion is a storytelling medium and storytelling is a very sacred tradition in Islam," she told ABC News. "When it comes to fashion that the stories are told in there, in a representative, a revolutionary representative way, because it's how we actually begin to connect with one another."




For Saudi artist Abeer Al-Zaaied, women’s issues remain a powerful source of inspiration

April 27, 2023

RIYADH: Most of the works in Saudi artist Abeer Al-Zaaied’s latest set of paintings feature a woman with no visible facial features and a mysterious companion, a hoopoe bird.

The hoopoe is revered in Islam and is mentioned in the Qur’an.

Al-Zaaied told Arab News: “I wanted to talk about the meaning of the hoopoe in this set. How can we reiterate the value of these manners and their representation in the etiquette that the hoopoe had and portrayed when it was permitted to talk?”

Her work is enigmatic, employing dark and delicate hues to portray the changing emotions of women, from confusion to hope and faith.

She added: “Women are a great source of inspiration, and I like to address their ideas and subjects in my work.

“As an artist I aim to express a part of myself and constantly focus on women and issues that affect them.”

The women are depicted in traditional clothing and accessories from the south of the Kingdom.

Al-Zaaied added: “I attempt to use the most exact and realistic details, as well as the best technique that supports the work’s concept, which are all part of my artistic expression.”

She recognized her talent with the help of her family at a young age, and enrolled in art classes to polish her skills.

Al-Zaaied took part in a group exhibition in Al-Baha in 2010 and her work has been showcased at many events organized by the Ministry of Culture. The Janadriyah Festival and Souk Okaz have displayed her art.

One of her favorite pieces is “Women to Drive,” which was featured at Riyadh’s Errm Art Gallery at an exhibition celebrating the third anniversary of women in leadership in Saudi Arabia.

She said: “The motivation for it goes beyond just giving women this official and explicit privilege.

“It is significant because it relates to a time when Saudi Arabia witnessed reforms for women’s rights at all levels and in all fields, which we today take pride in and always remember.”

Al-Zaaied believes that being an artist in the KIngdom is now being encouraged.

She added: “There were many difficulties, certainly before the growth [in the arts] we are experiencing now.

“The situation inevitably changed for the better after the establishment of the Ministry of Culture and its affiliated bodies that support all sectors of arts and culture, and the interest of MBS in supporting art and artists through the establishment of the Misk Art Institute.

“New laws also support and encourage Saudi artists and reflect and preserve the local identity and culture.”





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