Mecca Stars

Recently I've been obsessed with the Middle East and with the style of Muslim women who manage to be stylish and yet "sharia-compliant". 
Although this editorial story from Marie-Claire was staged, it was set in Dubai and the models were all of Middle Eastern or Asian descent. 
The juxtaposition between the black Abayas and head coverings with their exotic beauty and luxurious accessories is remarkable. Even though the shoot was back in 2006 it looks completely current and relevant.


Models: Narsis, originally from Iran, Navine Khalil from Lebanon, Jenai Kavarana born in Mumbai and half-Palestinian, half-Armenian Samar Breitem from Dubai

Photographer: Neil Kirk, Fashion editor: Eric Nicholson
Originally published in US Marie Claire December 2006 


  1. is this a book if so where can i purchase it?


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