Saturday, June 5, 2010

Elisa Sednaoui: She was born in Rome, raised in Egypt and landed her first job in New York.

Her great-grand father used to be a trader on the road to Damascus. We all have probably heard from our grandparents about his infamous flagship "SEDNAOUI" stores across Egypt with all the latest fashion from Paris & London. Her mother is italian, her father french-egyptian. Elisa was raised in Egypt till she was seven, then moved to Italy then Paris.

Her God father is iconic shoe designer Christian Louboutin, who has a house in Luxor & goes there frequently to get inspired.

Here are some of my favorite parts from her interview with Diane Von Furstenberg...

DVF:Elisa, what is the oldest memory you have of yourself?

ELISA SEDNAOUI: I have this image of me in Cairo belly dancing on the kitchen table, the babysitter clapping her hands to the music coming from the radio.

DVF Who is the most important person in your life?

ES I would say my mother. I’m very lucky: she is the most open-minded person I know. I will never forget the day when I was 14 and I had my first boyfriend and she looked at me very seriously and said, “I just want you to know that I’m here for you and if ever something bad happens I will help you without judging you.”

DVF Tell us about your life, your childhood—living in a small Italian village and at the same time among very sophisticated people.

ES It was made of extremes. I learned to adapt myself, from the more cosmopolitan environments of big cities like Cairo and Milan, to small places like Luxor or the countryside in Italy. People live different lives, have different beliefs, senses of humor, and ways of expressing emotions. Life can be lived in so many ways and still I know it would be possible for us to all live together in respect.

DVF What kind of actress do you want to be?

ES I wish to tell stories of our existence. I try to show the great beauty of our soul. Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, and Monica Vitti are great inspirations.

DVF In what city do you feel most at home?

ES I feel at home in two diametrically opposite places: New York and Luxor, Egypt. The extremes

DVF If you had one single wish to change the world, what would it be?

ES That people could laugh more.

DVF What is beauty to you?

ES Positive energy.

DVF Ten years from now, where would you like to be?

ES Living in a South American hacienda with my tribe and still inspired to create and enjoy.

She currently lives in NYC. She models & acts.

She has campaigns with Diesel, D&G, Victorias Secret, Moschino, BMW, Triumph, & Diane Von Furstenberg just to name a few.

She also stars in Karl Lagerfeld's movie "Remember Now" (check previous post)

Here are some of my fav photos of her...Enjoy.....

Triumph SS10

I just love her following editorial pictures shot by Stephan Sednaoui for Vanity Fair....
Vanity Fair April 2010


TOOTA said...

i cant believe myself, i guess all i can say is MASR LISA BEKHEER. LOL

i just wish COCO CHANEL was my god mother.. hehe

Anonymous said...

Sidnaoui stores still exists in Egypt through out the big cities , was nationalized by Nasser in the sixties m was build to be a great department stores , was a mistake what happened to those stores , Egypt should apologize and return sidnaoui stores to his family , and for Elisa , you are very beautiful .....
ossama bardissy alex -- NY

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Anonymous said...

Hi Dear Elisa, you should be proud of your Egyptian hertiage, Sednaoui is one of the great people in history of a great country like Egypt, so show the world what a great person you are, I am proud of your achievments, God bless you.
Joseph Makarious