Arabist and explorer Alice Morrison talks to Morocco’s first female mountain guide Hafida Hdoubane. Her great-grandmother was a slave captured in Ethiopia and given to her great-grandfather as a prize for his prowess in war.
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way.Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten some] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them. (THIS IS NOT IN ORDER BY ANY MEANS)
Martin the Warrior - Brian Jaques
The Dark Elf trilogy - R.A. Salvatore
The Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Rings trilogy + The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Art of Seduction - Robert Greene
My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road to Bankruptcy - Paul Ingrassia
The Model Series #21 You're at a Shoot and He Tweets About You
Harry: [@Harry_Styles] “My baby doesn’t need any of that stuff on her face!” You’re at a summer catalog shoot for the clothing brand 23 and Harry decides to go with you. It’s one of his last days to spend with you before his publicity tour starts. Your makeup guy starts brushing the blue eyeshadow over your eyelids, the din of the 22 other models getting their makeup done calms your slight nerves before the shoot begins. Harry stares at you in slight awe, dumbstruck by how beautiful you look. He stands just behind the camera as you and the other models pose on the massive faux-yacht prop, three giant fans blowing your hair back and the green screen surrounding the boat flapping uncontrollably. The shoot director yells at a few other models through her megaphone and you wink at Harry as the camera suddenly flashes. A few weeks later you’re flipping through the catalog 23 sends you and can’t help laughing when you see they used the shot when you were winking at Harry for the centerfold.
Louis: [@Louis_Tomlinson] “I think your shirt might get a little wet, you may want to take it off ;) Still gorgeous, tho xx" The hair woman finishes touching up your intricate beach-spray hair and you walk towards the surf washing over the beach. You’re shooting a campaign for L'amour, a beach line of clothes, bathing suits, and jewelry. The shoot director crosses your legs to show off the bikini bottom. "Beautiful [Y/N], absolutely gorgeous!” You lie with your bum in the wet sand for hours, changing poses and clothes multiple times during the day. “Okay, I think that’s a wrap. Great job [Y/N],” the photographer pats you on the back as you pull on your sweatpants and go back to your hotel. You flop down on the bed, eyes beginning to close, when your phone rings loudly. You groan and sit up, unlocking your iPhone to read the text message from the photographer. “We got some great shots today girl, it was great working with you.” You smile at his message and scroll down to see some photos from the shoot enclosed as well. You forward one of the photos to Louis with the simple caption “Barbados, wish you were here. <3”
Zayn: [@zaynmalik] “I love her tattoo a little more each time I see it!" You are shooting a campaign for B&W, a formal wear clothing brand for women. The sun begins setting over the giant dunes sloping all around you as the director instructs you to walk up towards the top of the dune where the final shoot of the day will be taking place. Zayn trails behind you, careful to not disturb the small train of your dress flying in the wind. He quickly snaps a quick photo of you walking up the dunes, admiring the curves of your body. Zayn quietly calls your name and you peek over your shoulder, smiling down at him and noticing the twenty people hiking up the dune behind you. Zayn smiles widely when he hears your laughter floating in the wind as you walk further up the dune.
Niall: [@NiallOfficial] "That’s it Princess, you eat that pizza! Maybe I should help you…" "Smile!” Niall prods you and you groan. “C'mon, me Mum has been asking to see more pictures of you so I promised I’d take so many today!” You bare your teeth like a wild animal and Niall snaps a photo. You roll your eyes as the wardrobe and hair women fret over the hairpiece perched on your head. Suddenly, your stomach grumbles loudly so you slowly walk towards the makeshift kitchen behind the set green screen, four hands sticking more pins in your hair and spraying a cloud of hairspray around you. The chef hands you a slice of pizza and you eat it with gusto as the women step back to check the headpiece against the rest of the outfit. Niall snaps a quick photo of you before grabbing a slice of the homemade pizza himself. “Best part of the whole day,” you say to yourself and Niall nods his agreement, making the chef laugh.
Liam: [@Real_Liam_Payne] “She’s very tan isn’t she? Not to mention beautiful…” You are shooting the annual Victoria’s Secret Summer Catalog on the beach in Hawaii when you see a familiar figure walk down the beach. “LIAM!” You scream, twisting out of the grip of the hair lady and running down the hot sand to meet him. You throw yourself in his arms when you meet him, the only thing keeping the tears in your eyes from falling is the reminder of your extensive makeup. Liam walks towards the multiple tents set up on the beach with your legs still wrapped around his waist. You whisper your “hello"s before you’re in ear range of anyone else. You climb down from Liam and the hairdresser firmly sits you in a chair, shooting you a dirty look. Liam stands in front of you and holds your hand as the lady sprays about twenty different products in your hair. You don’t look away from Liam's eyes the whole time, tears of gratitude at his showing up always present in your eyes. "I’ve missed you," Liam mouths at you. "I love you,” you mouth back, squeezing his hand.
The next preference in the series will be He Meets Your Family. You can always request preferences to include in the series.