Lebanese artists in overdrive to restore Beirut’s beauty

Lebanese stained glass artist Maya Husseini had hoped to retire after decades spent designing colourful windows, but she has been flooded with work since the blast that ripped through Beirut.

“I can’t possibly not try to restore what is gone,” said the 60-year-old woman, her bright red curly hair in a short bob.

The massive explosion at the capital’s port on August 4 killed more than 190 people and wounded thousands more as it sent lethal shockwaves pummelling through the city.

But it also ravaged dozens of Beirut’s most cherished heritage buildings.

Husseini is one of several artists slowly starting to restore artworks devastated in the disaster.

In her basement workshop on the outskirts of Beirut, she gestured at what remained of windows of a 19th-century church she had restored after the 1975-1990 civil war.

A gaping mess of mangled metal, dotted by a few surviving pieces of orange and

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7 great Lebanese fashion designers to know now

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If Lebanese fashion is not on your radar yet, now is the time to change that. The country is home to some of the most well-renowned designers in the world, some of which feature on the prestigious Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week calendar and have gone on to dress some of the most famous women in the world. Many of these talents are known for their glamorous and intricate designs, bringing the modern-day princess aesthetic to life. Alongside this are more contemporary, cult accessory labels which are fast becoming favourites with the A-list and influencer crowd.

Sadly, the country has been badly impacted upon by the recent devastating explosion in the heart of Beirut, which not only killed and injured many but also physically destroyed homes and businesses in the area – including the ateliers of many of the labels listed below.

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Ex-Porn Star Mia Khalifa Cries After Learning Lebanese Women Love Her [Watch]

KEY POINTS

  • Mia Khalifa got emotional after learning that many Lebanese women are now supporting her
  • She gained a lot of fans in her home country Lebanon due to her efforts following the Beirut explosion
  • Khalifa raised funds to benefit the Lebanese Red Cross in August

Mia Khalifa has millions of fans worldwide, but she recently got emotional after learning that she has a lot of supporters among Lebanese women.

On Monday, Khalifa shared a clip on Instagram from her interview on the “Sarde (After Dinner)” podcast. The thumbnail shows young Lebanese women and the words, “Mia Khalifa’s fans are Lebanese women.”

“I never lost touch my Lebanese roots, in fact, I feel like as I’ve gotten older and grown into myself, I’ve nurtured them more; this conversation left me feeling validated in my heritage,” she wrote in her post.

During her chat with hosts Mouin Ali Jaber and Medea

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