Skip to main content

Celebrating Arab Women of Colour: Barbie's Collaboration with Jean-Louis Sabaji

by Mashaal Hussain

Content created ahead of the SAG-AFTRA Strikes, we stand with the American actors' union and the Writers Guild of America who are fighting Hollywood labour disputes.

Barbie's latest collaboration with renowned Middle Eastern designer, Jean-Louis Sabaji, marks a historic celebration of Arab women's beauty and empowerment. 

With a touch of alluring pink, this collection debuted during Arab Fashion Week in Dubai.

Barbie Mattel

For Jean-Louis Sabaji, Barbie holds a special place in his heart. 

In an interview with Arab News, Sabaji commented, “My first-ever fashion experience was with a Barbie doll, and as a child, I used to dress them.”

Now, on the 10-year anniversary of his brand, the dream of collaborating with Barbie becomes a reality – a nostalgic and fulfilling moment for the visionary designer.

Having previously dressed iconic women of colour, including Beyonce, Cardi B, and Kelly Rowland, Sabaji feels the immense responsibility to embrace culture in his designs. 

With the Arab Fashion Council's crucial support, this collaboration showcases the significance of presenting developing regional talent. It aligns with the values of millennials and Gen Z, promoting innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability in fashion.

Sabaji's collection draws inspiration from the graceful flamingo, symbolizing love, equality, and female authority. Barbie's signature pinks dominate the collection, thoughtfully paired with black to create an eye-catching contrast. 

The ensembles convey messages of empowerment and love for all, irrespective of body types.

The runway dazzles with Sabaji's versatile collection, celebrating femininity and charm. Feathers and sequins gracefully adorn the charming pink and black ensembles. 

Heart-shaped bodices with daring necklines and cut-out detailing symbolize love and strength. The lineup includes floor-sweeping evening gowns, form-fitting dresses, and elegant cocktail dresses, echoing Barbie's essence.

According to Sabaji, fashion is a medium of self-expression for every woman. It enables them to convey their identity and strength to the world. This collection not only exudes power but also emanates playfulness, creating a truly iconic moment during the Arab Fashion Week.

Barbie's collaboration with Jean-Louis Sabaji stands as a tribute to the beauty and strength of Arab women of color. 

The collection, inspired by love, equality, and empowerment, has etched its mark in fashion history. With inclusivity and creativity at its core, this collaboration sets an inspiring precedent for the fashion industry. 

As we celebrate this iconic moment, we eagerly await more groundbreaking creations from Jean-Louis Sabaji.

Edited by Emily Duff


Most Popular

‘Make Tattooing Safe Again’: Sheffield Based Tattoo Artist Exposed for Indecent Behaviour

 by Emily Fletcher TW: SA, Animal Abuse, Transphobia Photo Credit: @ meiko_akiz uki Recently, an  Instagram account  has been created to provide a  ‘space to safely give a voice to those who want to speak out about the behaviour of one, Sheffield based tattoo artist’. A  total of 40+ posts have been made by the above social media account regarding  one of Sheffield's most popular tattoo artists .  Thankfully, all posts are prefaced with a Content Warning prior to sharing screenshots of the messages that have been sent anonymously to the page. The majority of Content Warnings refer to sexual behaviour, abuse, and sexual assault. It is clear that there is a reoccurring theme within each submission, as many clients appear to have had the same experiences with the tattoo artist. Women, mostly, are being made to feel uncomfortable while being tattooed. One of the most vulnerable positions anyone can be in, tattoo artists should make their clients feel comfortable and safe during the pro

Eurydice’s Last Words

by Kate Bradley I do not want to return To sit in the stalls, Of an empty black box Strewn with petals Leave the ghost light on, Let it shine like a call home, But I will not come back To turn it off alone. I learn this as we walk Our ever so solemn path Our thudding funeral march, You think we’re going back. As I trace my old steps, I fear of the day When the symphony swells, And I land my gaze On you, yet you will be Enraptured by the sound, If you did twist To turn around, You would not see me. So I am not sorry, I speak out into the empty air And I am not sorry. “Turn Around.” You do, you look You think  I fall But I run on, Arms wide open To fall in love With it all “Perhaps she was the one who said, ‘Turn around.” On the X45 bus, back from the Tyneside Cinema, I wrote a poem entitled “Eurydice’s Final Words”, after having seen “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”.  That poem was terrible, so I wrote a new one, as my response to the beautifully poignant film.  In one scene, Héloïse, an 18

Single Review: ‘Tell Me’ - Jay Moussa-Mann

by Ilana Hawdon The feeling of pure betrayal and heartbreak is perfectly captured in Jay Moussa-Mann’s latest single, ‘Tell Me’. Jay Moussa-Mann is the folk dream we have been waiting for. A favourite on BBC Introducing, Radio 6 and BBC Radio Tees, Jay ’s sound is easy on the ears but delightfully addictive. With a background in writing and film, she began her solo musical venture when she released her debut album, ‘Little Deaths’ in late-2019, and since then, Moussa-Mann has defined herself as an artist with unbelievable range and promise.    ‘Tell Me’ is completely timeless; with notes of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, Moussa-Mann creates a folk-inspired track which is simultaneously heart wrenching and strangely empowering. Beginning as a simple guitar tune, ‘Tell Me’ builds with layers of luscious strings and twinkling piano, tied together with Jay ’s vocal line which is equal parts melancholic and divine. The song feels unwaveringly intimate; the lyrics ask, ‘what was I worth?’