30, Le­banese

Harper's Bazaar (Arabia) - - The Style -

“I chose to move to the Mid­dle East five years ago, after I won Miss Aus­tralia and all these op­por­tu­ni­ties be­gan to open up to me as a model. Be­ing of Le­banese de­cent, I wanted to be in the Arab world, but at the same time be where all the brands were – in a fast-paced city like Dubai. It is such a melt­ing pot of na­tion­al­i­ties, brands and projects. Al­though I was born and raised in Syd­ney, I came from a Le­banese fam­ily and my mother dressed up. While she is al­ways so el­e­gant and up-to-date with all the lat­est trends, Aus­tralia is all about ef­fort­less beauty, so I also learnt how not to overdo things. I think there ended up be­ing a great syn­ergy be­tween those two worlds. Now, I al­ways love to be on trend, and I mix clas­sic and avant-garde. Be­cause of my mother I like to ex­per­i­ment but to do it in an ef­fort­less way. My style is clas­sic but fun at the same time. I al­ways like to add a twist to my out­fit. If I’m go­ing out I love to over­dress and I love print and colour, and I also like to be sea­son­less. I love the way women dress here – I get a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from them, and the pieces they wear. They’re dar­ing and they like to be dif­fer­ent.”

Jes­sica Ka­hawaty wears: Sweater, Dhs17,430; skirt, Dhs5,200; head­band, Dhs1,365; ear­rings,Dhs7,300; shoes, Dhs12,000, all Tom Ford

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