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  • Arts & Culture
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  • Issue 35

At Work With:
Shahira Fahmy

How did one of Egypt’s leading architects end up walking the red carpet at Cannes? Words by Rima Sabina Aouf. Photography by Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir. Hair & Makeup by Roberta Kearsey.

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


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five

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