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These 8 Powerful Women Take Self-Love in a Bold New Direction

With MAC’s new Love Me lipsticks, self-love is taken in a bold new direction. These 8 powerful women prove that it’s love at first swipe.

Cynthia Samuel wears As If I Care

Cynthia Samuel photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

In 2015, Cynthia Samuel represented Lebanon at the Miss Universe competition. “What makes me feel confident is my positive energy,” she says. This energy has since propelled her acting career into various roles. Samuel believes self-love is the key to being empowered and that inner beauty shines through. “With time, you realize that outer beauty fades away. What’s important to know is that what matters is the inside – the inside is always going to influence the outside.”

Yara Alnamlah wears French Silk

Yara Alnamlah photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

“I’m young, I’m ambitious, and I love challenging myself to do what I think is impossible,” begins Yara Alnamlah. Based in Riyadh, the Saudi national jet sets across the world as a beauty influencer while also studying architecture. “Confidence is everything,” she adds. Her key to success? “Loving yourself.”

Leena Al Ghouti wears Under The Covers

Leena Al Ghouti photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

The Palestinian-Canadian visual artist lives in Dubai, where she’s also been hailed as a pioneer in the modest fashion movement. “I’m a very adaptable person,” Leena Al Ghouti says. “Sometimes if I don’t find the right size or shape for me, I go to the men’s section and style it in a really feminine way.” With her bright personality, she instantly lights up any room. “I get my confidence from the support that my family and friends give me,” she says.

Ameni Esseibi wears La Femme

Ameni Esseibi photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

Being a groundbreaking Arab model is no small thing. “That fire in my soul is who I am,” declares Ameni Esseibi. Born and raised in Tunisia, she always knew she wanted to be a model. “What makes me uniquely me?” she says. “Thick skin.” By striving to eradicate stereotypes and drop the word “curvy” from her job description, Esseibi is a pioneer in the self-love movement. “We live in a society where people come up to you and tell you have a pretty face, and if you lost a little bit of weight, you would look fantastic. Why do I have to lose weight to look fantastic?”

Abeer Sinder wears Give Me Fever

Abeer Sinder photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

The first black beauty vlogger from Saudi Arabia says, “As soon as you realize how unique you are and what you have to give to the world, it boosts your confidence.” After being unable to find a role model in the Arab world on social media who looked like her, Abeer Sinder decided to become one herself. “In the Middle East, I do stand out because we have a lack of showing black girls or women of different skin tones. When they see me, they will relate. That makes me really happy.

Asma Eidian wears Shamelessly Vain

Asma Eidian photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

Known by her followers as Osi, Asma Eidian knows how to stand out from the crowd. “I’m fearless, balanced, brave, and kind, and I know myself,” she says. The Kuwaiti social media influencer shares her adventures on Instagram and YouTube. “Self-love is one of the keys to happiness.”

Nouf Hamad AlSultan wears Bated Breath

Nouf Hamad AlSultan photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

Kuwait radio anchor and influencer Nouf Hamad AlSultan has her own unique style, focusing on her hair. “I think no one can rock this style,” she says. “My work is my confidence,” she adds. She believes in staying focused and always giving 100%. “It’s a strong thing to be a woman.”

Mthayel Al Ali wears Effortless

Mthayel Al Ali photographed by Mann Butte for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

Influencer and entrepreneur Mthayel Al Ali hails from Sharjah. “What makes me uniquely me? My curiosity,” she says. She channels this into her marketing business, which she named Tkhayyal, meaning imagination. For her, “self-love is a journey.”

The MAC Love Me lipsticks are available for purchase at all MAC stores across the Middle East and maccosmetics.ae

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