Harper's Bazaar (Arabia)



“Words we love to say, in a city we love to live in,” is a quote from this issue that really spoke to me this month. It’s not only poetic, and in keeping with the gratitude and mindfulnes­s that Ramadan engenders, but is also very much the underlying philosophy behind putting together

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia – as much a love letter as it is a magazine, and built on words dedicated to the beauty of the place we call home.

It also chimed with an acceptance speech I gave late last month, when

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia won the award for Best Fashion Magazine at the EMIGALAs in Dubai. Aside from gushing with stage-mom pride over my amazing team, I wanted to explain that while fashion may be the backbone of what we do – it is the stories of the incredible, inspiring people of this region that is the heartbeat.

In this issue, those include that of Emirati showjumper Amna Bani Hashem ( Harmony in the Home, p. 206), experiment­al-henna whizz, Dr. Azra Khamissa, whose quote we read at the start ( The Time is at Hand, p. 74) and award-winning Saudi calligraff­iti artist Mawadah Muhtasib (p.50). Of course, our storytelli­ng spirit extends beyond the region, too. Our Olympian cover star, sporting champ Ramla Ali, is a Somalian-born British Muslim boxer whose art in the ring is matched only by her activism outside it. Not only has Ramla set up Sisters Club, a not-forprofit organisati­on that offers free self-defense classes to women of all background­s, but she also used lockdown to write Not Without a Fight:

Ten Steps To Becoming Your Own Champion, in order to pay forward the wisdom and strength she’s learned on her journey. A heavy-hitter indeed.

“The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth,” she tells us in The Knockout on p. 86, quoting fellow boxer and one of her all-time heroes, Muhammad Ali. Words to live by – both this month, and always.

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