Salma Abu Deif

Salma Abu Deif on Her Cannes Film Festival Debut: “It’s a Leap in My Career to Participate as an Arab Woman”

Salma Abu Deif on Her Cannes Film Festival Debut: “It’s a Leap in My Career to Participate as an Arab Woman”

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Egyptian actor and model Salma Abu Deif recently turned heads with her first-ever red carpet appearance at Cannes Film Festival. One of the Arab world’s rising stars who made her screen debut in the series Halawet El Donia as Alia in 2017, Abu Deif started with a career in modeling, and later chose the cinema industry. The transition was natural, as deep down Abu Deif always wanted to be an actor. Being a fan of movies such as The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, and inspired by icons such as Yehia El-Fakharany, Ahmed Mazhar, and Ahmed Ramzy, the actor is now making waves for her starring role in Sheikh Jackson by Amr Salama. She made her international debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to be selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film.
For her Cannes debut, The UN Aid Ambassador walked the red carpet in a black Pinko dress and Chopard jewels paired with a red lip, and sleek hair.
Photo: Instagram.com/salmaabudeif
Vogue Arabia caught up with the star to discuss her red carpet experience.
1. What do you like the most about the Cannes Film Festival?
Cannes is full of history, of amazing films, and everyone is sharing the same passion for filmmaking and cinema.
2. How would you describe your Cannes journey in these words?
Exciting, historic, thrilling!
3. What are your travel essentials?
If I have to choose three essentials, they would be sunblock, a book, and a sanitizer!
4. Your favorite spots to eat?
I love small French cafés and choosing one while walking in the little streets or in the Croisette.
5. How did you prepare for the red carpet?
I prepared it with my team, stylist Yasmin Eissa, and Nuno, my manager never left my side for a second. And a lot of skin care—for me, it’s very important.
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6. How did you choose your dress for the red carpet?
I chose it based on what I am feeling inside. I wanted to wear something classic and elegant.
7. What does the Cannes Film Festival mean to you and your career?
It’s a leap in my career to participate as an Arab woman and to represent my country. It widened my eyes and my passion for films, to hopefully participate in the following years with my own movie.
8. Which is your favorite Palme d’Or film of all time?
I have a few, but Pulp Fiction and Parasite are my favorites.
9. What is your favorite French word?
Amour!
Photo: Instagram.com/salmaabudeif
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Get Ready with Salma Abu Deif for Her First Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet

Get Ready with Salma Abu Deif for Her First Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet

Before making her first-ever red carpet appearance at Cannes Film Festival, Salma Abu Deif gave Vogue Arabia an exclusive sneak peek behind her look. The Egyptian actor opted for a bold black dress by Pinko, paired with glittering Chopard jewelry, while her beauty look featured sleek hair and a bright red pout.
Watch the video above as Abu Deif shows us how she got ready for the big day.
Production: Koral Communication

Salma Abu Deif Paired Her Rainbow Valentino Dress With an All-Natural, Make-Up Free Beauty Look

Salma Abu Deif Paired Her Rainbow Valentino Dress With an All-Natural, Make-Up Free Beauty Look

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How does one get ready to take a virtual front-row seat at a couture show? For Salma Abu Deif, the solution was to balance casual and glammed up in one striking ensemble. Ahead of the Valentino Spring/Summer 2022 couture show in Paris, the Egyptian actor took to Instagram to share her look for the day, picked a head-to-toe look from the Italian fashion house’s repertoire.

The newly-minted 29-year-old could be seen lounging in a vacation-worthy number from Valentino‘s Resort 2022 collection. The oversized cotton-poplin shirt dress featured rainbow-colored chevron stripes and a breezy A-line silhouette. Putting her own spin on the piece, Abu Deif wore the shirt dress with its collars wide open and unbuttoned at the legs to show off her statement patent leather platform pumps, which came in a deep red shade. She completed the look with a VLogo shoulder bag in bubblegum pink, matching one of the stripes in her dress.
What might also have prompted a number of loving comments from fellow actors Hend Sabri, Mila Al Zahrani, and more were Abu Deif’s bare-faced look and effortless hairstyle. The former Vogue Arabia cover star chose to go makeup-free for the day, choosing to highlight fresh skin also by throwing her natural hair up in a messy ponytail and letting a few stray curls frame her face.

The actor is one of the few from the region to be named a Valentino ambassador and frequently stars in the house’s campaigns targeting the Middle East. Since starting her acting career at the age of 20, Abu Deif has also established her place in the fashion world with her ‘cool girl’ style and by working with brands including Chaumet.
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Salma Abu Deif Embodies the Punk Spirit of the Valentino Act Collection at Cairo’s Cinema Radio

Salma Abu Deif Embodies the Punk Spirit of the Valentino Act Collection at Cairo’s Cinema Radio

Salma Abu Deif wears sweater, skirt, Valentino; Rockstud Alcove box bag, boots, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
When creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli staged his Valentino Act Collection at Milan’s Piccolo Teatro, he dubbed it “a sort of a punk act.” Indeed, reopening the iconic theater temporarily for a show after it was closed to the public due to the pandemic was a bold move, and the collection certainly called for one.
Cape, dress, polo neck, Valentino; Roman Stud bag, Rockstud Alcove shoes, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
For the Italian fashion house’s FW21 line, the designer set aside his usual fluorescent color palette to embrace black and white with only hints of color, and brutally shortened silhouettes as if slashed with scissors. Think pleated skirts of new proportions, capes evolved from peacoats and jackets, and evening dresses held together with ribbons.
Cape, sweater, shirt, polo neck, skirt, Valentino; Stud Sign bag, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
Cape, sweater, shirt, polo neck, skirt, Valentino; Stud Sign bag, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
The use of overlapping nets, lace, and intensely worked surfaces enables the skin to be momentarily uncovered and veiled. As a nod to Valentino’s punk and romantic aesthetic, an increased number of studs featured on the toe of pumps, on Valentino Garavani Rockstud bags, and in the form of accumulations of rubber petals on the Atelier Valentino Garavani boots.
Dress, Valentino; Stud Sign bag, shoes, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
Sweater, shirt, polo neck, skirt, Valentino; Rockstud Alcove shoes, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
To embody this spirit of the collection, Vogue Arabia and Valentino enlisted Salma Abu Deif, who is known for her remarkable style and passion for acting. The Egyptian actor was filmed in key looks from the Valentino Act Collection at the Cinema Radio, Cairo’s very own historic theater not unlike the Piccolo Teatro di Milano.
Dress, Valentino; Stud Sign bag, shoes, earrings, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
Dress, Valentino; Stud Sign bag, Valentino Garavani. Photographed by Amina Zaher for Vogue Arabia September 2021
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Video Director/DOP: Muhammad Gamal El-dinAD/Steady cam: Mahmoud SalamaGaffer: Mahmoud TotiPost-production: Hue StudioStyle: Yasmine EissaHair: Ahmed MounirMakeup: Sally RashidSet design: Noor SautéFabrics: Salem Alta ModaSenior fashion market editor: Amine JreissatiProduction: Danica Zivkovic, Nirvana Bebars at DigitentPhotography assistant: Malak El ArabyStyle assistant: Mohamed AshrafProduction assistants: Ramy Tarek, Omar AllamModel: Salma Abu DeifWith special thanks to Al Ismaelia, Downtown Cairo, and Dakhli West El Balad for Cinema Radio

Salma Abu Deif Nails Summer Chic in a Series of Standout Dresses

Salma Abu Deif Nails Summer Chic in a Series of Standout Dresses

With holiday mode officially in full swing, celebrities are giving us serious summer-style inspiration. On the lookout for a neon swimsuit? A dress for a sunset session? A baseball cap or bucket hat? A quick scroll will reveal who is wearing what and where.

Take for example fashion-conscious Egyptian actor Salma Abu Deif, who has been making the most of her summer days in style. Her fashion choices include a stunning royal blue dress with cut-out details, a print mini with bolero sleeves, and a timeless black floor-length gown with a thigh-high slit.

Print, bold colors and maxi dresses are go-to options this summer, whether you’re heading out for a brunch or a sunset party by the beach. Look to Lama Jouni’s body-con midi dress, Zimmermann’s chiffon mini (perfect for a day picnic), and Alexandre Vauthier’s metallic flecked gown (for an elegant dinner with friends) – dresses that combine versatility and longtime appeal. Paired with the right accessories, you’re all set to look your very best this summer.
Scroll through to see 10 of our dresses inspired by Salma Abu Deif’s summer style…
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Salma Abu Deif Reveals Everything Inside Her Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Bag

Salma Abu Deif Reveals Everything Inside Her Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Bag

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“If my bag was a movie, it would be Pretty Woman,” says Salma Abu Deif of her Valentino Garavani Roman Stud bag. “It is a classic movie. I think all girls love Pretty Woman.” For the Egyptian actor, model, and all-round fashionista on-the-go, a stylish yet functional handbag is a must. So, it only makes sense that Abu Deif sits down for a fun session of In The Bag with the It accessory casually dangling off her wrist.
“I always like to carry small bags that fit as many things as possible. I don’t need a bag that doesn’t fit all my things,” the 28-year-old shares before emptying the contents of the bag in front of her. Serving its purpose, Abu Deif’s bag is filled to the brim with all the essentials of a working woman with refined taste. Besides her phone, AirPods, and two more things that now count as daily necessities – a face mask and hand sanitizer – the actor’s bag holds her Valentino sunglasses. “I do like sunglasses, I buy a lot of them,” she divulges. “But, I rather collect more than I wear.” Those who keep up with Abu Deif will be familiar with her covetable style, including the figure-hugging, floor-grazing dresses she wears to star-studded events. For the video, Abu Deif is dressed in a more relaxed and chic full-Valentino SS21 look, consisting of a white oversized button-up half-tucked into a bubblegum pink mini skirt, paired with Valentino Garavani Roman Stud flats.
The Valentino Garavani Roman Stud bag. Courtesy of Valentino

The Roman Stud bag cuts a striking figure, with soft nappa leather in a quilted finish, embellished with macro Rockstuds (Studs) that command attention. When launched in 2010, the Rockstud took the street-style scene by storm and was later reinvented for the SS21 season when creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli blew up the motif in size. The larger pyramid-shaped studs are Piccioli’s reinterpretation of the Rockstud family, and dubbed Roman Stud as a tribute to Roman palazzos known for their signature architectural element of bugnato. Available in shades of black, green, red, pink, and ivory, the arm candy combines the bourgeois classic leather design and the punk subculture symbolized by the studs to define the new Valentino community’s “romantic, punk, and non-conformist attitude.”
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Alaïa Reveals Its Editions SS21 Wardrobe Through A Visual Masterpiece

Alaïa Reveals Its Editions SS21 Wardrobe Through A Visual Masterpiece

A still from the artistic dance of Alaïa’s Editions SS21 wardrobe performed by Hajiba Fahmy. Photo: Courtesy of Alaïa

The house of fashion maestro Azzedine Alaïa has just revealed its SS21 Editions series of cult pieces, in honor of the late Tunisian designer. Embracing nostalgia, the collection has been recreated from the archives between 1981-2017, and was presented through an artistic dance performance.
Maison Alaïa‘s latest wardrobe was introduced by Godmother of the Editions: supermodel Naomi Campbell who was joined by fellow model Karlie Kloss on the brand’s Instagram page, as they discussed the timeless silhouettes that have been reimagined for the new collection. The artistic performance was then shared across the Maison’s Instagram and YouTube platforms.

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A visual masterpiece, the dance presentation of the collection, which is the first ever in Alaïa’s history, was performed by French-Moroccan talent Hajiba Fahmy. Described by the Maison as a “force of nature”, Fahmy is a creative star in her own right. For the past five years she has been working with Béyonce, joining the singer on her world tours, including her famous Coachella performance. The dancer and choreographer wore an elegant Alaïa creation as she performed the dance.
Screening in Dubai of Alaïa’s Editions SS21 wardrobe including a special display of three Editions looks. Photo: Courtesy of Alaïa

Live streamed from the cultural arts center La Gaité Lyrique in Paris, the powerful performance highlighted women at the heart of the iconic label, and literally shone a spotlight on the intricate details and exquisite craftsmanship of the SS21 Editions wardrobe.
Alaia corset handbag

The performance was screened at the Nasab Rooftop in Dubai to a host of special guests, including UAE-based influencer Rania Fawaz, Egyptian actor Salma Abu Deif and Lebanese-Iranian fashion journalist Diala Makki. As part of the event, a special display of three Editions looks were showcased on mannequins. Guests were also given an exclusive first look at the new Corset handbags, which are inspired by the iconic Alaïa belt silhouette.
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