Sabah

In this issue, we attempt to present the character of Sabah / Shahroura (November 10, 1927 – November 26, 2014), her profound impact on society as a source of inspiration among sexuality freedom, and the glory and fame she reached despite the patriarchal and masculine forces she encountered along the way.

In her late years, media personalities ridiculed Sabah and subjected her to an array of hostilities often directed against women. Some tried to obscure her creative achievements and undermine her long artistic history by minimizing her to the number of times she was married or  her age. a subject she was never ashamed to talk about. Some tried to reduce her to an object of sexuality, as if a woman’s sexuality has an expiry date. But what is perhaps most intriguing is that Sabah used the privileges available to men – not women – without compromising with what is commonly known as “feminine.” She refused to submit to pressures of stigmatization, and lived the life that best suited her.

We will shed light on gendered societal issues through examining Shahroura’s presence in life and film, and how the public dealt with it. As previously stated, she lives her life as she wishes, no matter the seeming contradictions. In one film,  El Motamarreda (The Rebel) 1963, she played the daughter of a wealthy man who uses her influence to subjugated other men. In another, Khadaini abi (My Father Deceived Me) 1951, she played a drastically different character,  a woman forced to choose between marrying the rich man her greedy father has chosen for her or running away with her poor lover.  

Sabah lived her life without shyness, and she survived the attempts of men who repeatedly tried to deceive her.

This issue’s articles consider the effect of the xenophilia on the Arabic art and on Sabah’s life, in particular, which was minimized to her blonde hair, the stigma of women who marry younger men, and the number of men they marry.  But more importantly, we want to celebrate Sabah’s strength! So, we have chosen to bring her, one who broke binaries and inspired many, back to life by featuring the emerging entertainment character: Aphrodite Nicole Smith.

This issue is in partnership between My.Kali and جيم – Jeem.me
Cover Titles:
Hommage Sabah
Discussing ageism, sexism and feminism through the life of an icon
Battle of Blondes
How xenophiles Jeanette MacDonald and Jeanette Feghali affected the Arab cinema
Local Vocal
Arab public figures in solidarity with the LGBT+ community

 

 

The cover:  The reference for the cover look is taken from – the original ‘Drunken love’ – Sabah’s performance in film Al Rajal Al Thani (the second man), 1959, in song A’atshana (Thirsty), watch the performance below.

 

Left: Poster of film “Al Rajol Al Thani – The Second Man” 1959. Right: Art work from book “Ya Leil Ya Ein” By Lamia Zeyadeh, which is based on Sabah’s character in film “The Second Man”

 

Font: The font used on the arabic cover edition to type the name “Sabah” is ‘Diwan’, and it was inspired from the opening credits of film Khatef Merati (He stole My wife)  1954.

 

Photographed by Omar Shaheen
Sabah Character portrayed by
Aphrodite Nicole Smith
Styled by Fadi Zumot
Makeup by Ghadeer Banek
Hair by Hiba at Frank Provost – Amman
Directed by Khalid Abdel-Hadi

Dress and choker by Nafsika Skourti. Head piece by BCBG Max Azaria – Amman

 

 

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(عربي👇 تحت) . In this issue, we attempt to present the character of Sabah / Shahroura (November 10, 1927 – November 26, 2014)- whom we celebrate her 91st birthday – with all the patriarchal and masculine values she has encountered in order for her to reach glory and fame on the one hand, and her impact on society as a source of inspiration among sexuality freedom on the other. Read the structure of this issue, link in☝ bio This issue is in partnership between My.Kali and جيم – @jeem_me_ . Photographed by @omarsha3 Modeled by @aphroditesmith Styled by @fadifzumot Makeup by @makeup_ghadeerbandak Hair by Hiba at @franckprovostjordan – Amman Directed by Khalid Abdel-Hadi Dress and choker by @nafsikaskourti . Head piece by @bcbgmaxazriajo – Amman . . نحاول في هذا العدد عرض شخصية صباح/ الشحرورة – و الذي نحتفل بعيد ميلادها ٩١ – بكل ما واجهته من قيم ذكورية أبوية في سبيل الوصول إلى المجد والشهرة من جهة، وتأثيرها على المجتمع باعتبارها مصدر إلهام بين صفوف متحرري الجنسانية من جهة أخرى. اقرأ هيكل العدد، الرابط في☝ البايو هذا العدد بالشراكة بين ماي كالي وموقع جيم – Jeem.me . تصوير: عمر شاهين الشخصية او العارض: أفروديت نيكول سميث \ Aphrodite Nicole Smith تلبيس و تنسيق: فادي زعمط ماكياج: غدير بندك شعر: هبة صالون فرانك بروفوست – عمان \ Hiba at Frank Provost اخراج خالد عبد الهادي تصميم الغلاف: عاطف دغليس فستان و قلادة من Nafsika Skourti. القرط\المجوهرة التي على رأس شخصية الغلاف من من BCBG Max Azaria – عمان

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