On July 5th, the Egyptian actress Ragaa El Geddawi died aged 81 at a hospital in Ismailia due to complications from her infection with Corona virus.
The Egyptian beauty queen, model and actress represented a time of Egypt’s Golden Era of art and cinema. She was the first and most famous Egyptian model and represented Egypt in fashion shows abroad. An audience favorite she presented many TV and radio programs giving style and beauty tips to millions of Egyptian and Arab women and young girls.
Ragaa studied at a boarding school and received lessons on how to dress, how to walk, and etiquette. During vacations she visited her aunt, the famous Egyptian dancer and actress “Taheya Cariocca,” who was keen to teach her young niece the art of etiquette and good manners.
Her career as a model started when Greek fashion designer Pierre Clovis hired her while she was still a student at university. At the time modelling in Egypt was dominated by foreign women. Her first appearance on the screen, was a part in the movie Doaa Al-Karawan in 1959, as the prize for winning the Miss Cotton contest that same year.
We look back at some of Ragaa’s memorable modelling moments and like to remember her with the words Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told her on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 24, 2018, “You will always remain elegant in everything, not just your outfits.”
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