Media for January, 2014

Look Du Jour: Hoda Katebi

In Look Du Jour / January 29, 2014 / 0 Comments

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Name: Hoda Katebi
Age: 19
City/Hometown: Iranian, but born and raised in Oklahoma
Occupation: Student

If student, which school and major:

The University of Chicago, Majors: International Relations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; Minor: Human Rights

How would you describe your personal style?

 A mix of patterns that I think resembles unicorn throw-up. Although I like to play in the realm of minimalism from time to time.

 What is the inspiration for your looks?

 I love pop art, lively editorials, and minimalistic photography and architecture, so my looks usually ping-pong between hyper pattern clashing and minimalism. I am also heavily inspired by menswear.

Where do you like to shop, and why?

 I only shop at stores that are not on my Boycott list—so those that do not heavily exploit garment workers, the environment, or support immoral causes. I love small designers and local brands (although they might not be within my student budget).

What are some of your favorite pieces in your closet?

 I love my floral-and-bird bomber jacket (pictured) and my patterned button-down shirt from Iran.

What does fashion mean to you?

 For me, fashion is where I can integrate my personality with my morality into a visual experience.

What do you think of UCOF’s mission and presence in the fashion industry?

Fashion is more than just the clothes, and I think UCOF knows this very well. I love that UCOF is harnessing the artistic power of art and channeling into the empowerment of youth and supporting amazing causes. That is exactly what fashion should be for.

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UCOF’S STAND seminar seals deal for hopeful achiever

BY: Jamil Khan

JOHANNESBURG – There is no instinct as strong as the inborn need we all have to find purpose. For some it is revealed in divine ways when they’re least expecting it, but for most it is only realized through hard work and experimentation. It is exactly this work and experimentation that led 20 year-old Fatoumata Diaby to her true love, fashion.




Having been diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia (a disease close to UCOF’s mission) as a child, her mother tried to keep her contained in order to prevent any complications with the condition. Fatoumata, however, had other ideas and was not willing to succumb to the condition. Her love for art saw her exposed to the art of dance, writing, designing, sewing, hairstyling and make-up. 

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A wardrobe change gets intern ready for a date with destiny

BY: Jamil Khan

Norha Stacey Kavanagh-photo by Luan Luu for UCOF

Norha Stacey Kavanagh-photo by Luan Luu for UCOF

JOHANNESBURG – It is said that a change is as good as a holiday, but what that change might be is open to interpretation by the vacation seeker. For budding fashion mogul, Norah Kavanagh it was a fateful change of clothes that changed her outlook on the world and the powerful medium of fashion. She is currently a United Colors of Fashion (UCOF) intern and is working hard to be recognized as an Achiever Of The Year.

Coming from a world of uniformity in the form of private school attire, she was opened up to a new world of fashion freedom and self-expression when she started a public school.

“I’ve never been so amazed by the colors that surrounded me. As I walked down the hall, I saw how many students wore what they felt expressed themselves. Most importantly, they had their own identity. Slowly, I started breaking out of my shell. My interest for fashion started growing. I created my own identity through the clothes I wore. My wardrobe evolved and had its own fierce attitude,” she says.

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