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How did one of Egypt’s leading architects end up walking the red carpet at Cannes?

At 40, Shahira Fahmy took her first acting class. At 43, she walked the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of her first feature film—the French/Korean drama Claire’s Camera in which she played opposite Isabelle Huppert. Her story of risk and reward is remarkable, even more so because Fahmy already had a successful career, and one that she enjoyed. As an architect, she had her own practice in Cairo, several projects to her name, a teaching post at Columbia University

  • Words:
    Rima Sabina Aouf
  • Photography:
    Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir
  • Hair & Makeup:
    Roberta Kearsey

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  • Words:
    Rima Sabina Aouf
  • Photography:
    Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir
  • Hair & Makeup:
    Roberta Kearsey
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