This Middle Eastern Beauty is a multilingual TV host and humanitarian who is using her diverse background and passion for storytelling to inspire, educate, and empower women. She has been featured on multiple media outlets such as ABC, ET in Dubai, NBC, The Doctors show, Al Arabiyah, and others.
I am a Lebanese American who was born in Montreal, Canada, raised in the UAE, and migrated to the United States when I was 16. I graduated from UNLV with with a dual degree in Biological Sciences and Communications. In 2014, I was crowned Miss Arab USA 2014, and used this opportunity to jumpstart my entrepreneurial ventures!
Because I believe children hold the key to the future, I established Hawiyati, a non-profit organization aimed at improving educational resources and engendering opportunities for disenfranchised female youth. My commitment to giving back and dedication to developing the non-profit's programs awarded Hawiyati the Top Rated Non-Profit Organization Award for 2016.
Aside from my humanitarian work, I understand the pressure that all young women go through to feel beautiful on the inside and outside. Therefore, I created ShadesOfGlam.com, where I offer beauty tips and insight that every woman can relate to. From special guest interviews, discussing the science of beauty, to discussing controversial beauty topics, I hope to empower women of all shades to love who they are externally, and more importantly, internally.
Currently, I am a host on AfterBuzz TV and aspire to continue my TV hosting career in the entertainment and glam world!
On personal motivation, Guinwa says:
My family, my community, and the commitment I have to myself motivate me.
Family: My siblings and I have been blessed to be raised by two incredible parents. They are hands down the hardest working and most ambitious people I have ever met—they have sacrificed so much to provide me and my siblings a great upbringing. Not only does it motivate me to give back to them and make them proud, but it also motivates me to be that strong backbone and role model to my future family.
My community: I love the work I am able to do through Hawiyati and truly believe that any success I ever achieve will positively affect my organization—and inherently the children and women I serve.
My self: I have always had big dreams and aspirations and I am not the type to back off or give up. My commitment to achieving my goals always motivates me to keep pushing through every obstacle.
Regarding style, she says:
Style is your personal signature. It's your way of introducing yourself to the world and letting them know who you are.
Role Models: Oprah Winfrey, Queen Rania, and Malala Yousifazi
Favorite Clothing Item: Bodysuits! They look great for work by being paired with a blazer, or they can be dressed up with a mini skirt and some gorgeous heels! They also come in different styles—sexy or sophisticated. I believe there's always a bodysuit that fits every fashionista's style.
Favorite Makeup Product: Hands down, EYELINER!!! Being an Arab, I LOVE a perfect cat liner. When I am in a rush, I love using Make-up Forever's waterproof black liner—it glides on easily and lasts all day long!
Favorite Accessory: My favorite accessory is a nice leather purse—preferably, a satchel or clutch! Some of my favorite brands are YSL, Givenchy, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. They may be pricey, but they last for a decade and never go out of style!
- "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I wouldn't have a single bit of talent left and could say: I used everything You gave me." --Erma Bombeck
- "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." --Maya Angelou
- "It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it’s even harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want." --Unknown
- "No matter how big your house is, how recent your car is, or how big your bank account is, our graves will always be the same size. Stay humble." --Unknown