Lebanese-Australian Model Takes To Instagram To Support Lebanon

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Jessica Kahawaty is an Australian model of Lebanese origins. Although she was born in Sydney, Australia, she remains attached and loyal to her Lebanese roots and is fighting for Lebanon ever since the onset of the Revolution.

For those who don’t know her, here’s a brief introduction:

Holder of a law and business finance degree, Kahawaty is a former TV host and a beauty pageant titleholder, known also as a philanthropist.

She represented Lebanon at the Miss International 2008 where she made it among the top 12 semi-finalists. She competed in Miss Lebanon 2010, where she claimed second runner-up and third runner-up respectively.

She became Miss World Australia in 2012, representing Australia at Miss World that same year.

These are all just a speck of Jessica Kahawaty’s accomplishments in her homeland and abroad.

Apart from her standing up for her homeland and making the Lebanese proud during the best of times, she is also supporting Lebanon through the tough times.

Now more than ever, with the pandemic and the economic crisis taking a toll on Lebanon and its citizens, Jessica Kahawaty has stepped up in an attempt to make a difference.

Raising her voice as a public figure, she is campaigning for support, drawing the world’s attention to Lebanon’s painful issues on Instagram, and urging people to help with donations.

She recently shared a series of stories on her Instagram, explaining the reality of the situation in Lebanon.

The stories also included a brief listing of reasons behind the 17 October revolution and an explanation of the deterioration of the Lebanese Lira.

The story of the Lebanese man who took his life leaving a tragic note behind was also shared by the model as an example of the Lebanese people’s tough living conditions.

The Instagram stories also take the health crisis into consideration as well as the consequences that vulnerable communities like refugees and domestic workers in Lebanon have to suffer.

Kahawaty is not collecting the donations herself nor conducting fundraising. She provided in her post directions on how to help and donate directly, along with contacts and/or sites of Lebanese NGOs.

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LINK TO ALL DONATION PAGES ARE IN MY BIO! *anyone in tyre (sour) wishing to donate but can't do it online and would rather just give it in cash, please dm me PS: to clarify, the lira devaluation was not triggered by the revolution which only actually amplified it. Devaluation started as early as august with the lira circulating at 1,740 a day before the uprising began. (As opposed to 1500 in previous times) Cried a lot writing this. Couldn't believe what I was actually typing. But this is no time to wallow, we need all hands on deck. Please please please share this with your network. Share this with your family, friends, colleagues and classmates. Educate them. Tell them. Tell them how badly your home is hurting and how badly you need everyone's help. You'd be surprised with how generous people can be. Just give them a reason to. This is on you now. Lebanese expats, I am especially talking to you. The time has come for us to really, and I mean really, step it up. Friends of lebanese expats, please also share and educate your friends and family on this issue. It makes a huge difference, in a way that you probably can't fathom right now. I can't say what will happen next. I am despondent even thinking about it. But here is what I know: we can and we will contribute in our own meaningful way. Let's start here. Links to all donation pages are in my bio. Spare $10, $5, $2, or even $1. Also feel free to copy paste the link into your bio! Let's do this.

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The model also shared photographs from a previous photoshoot done by Lebanese photographers, stylists, and makeup artists.

She captioned the pictures with the following text: “It pains me that this shoot was done by one of the most talented teams of Lebanese creatives, whose dreams are being shattered day-by-day along with the rest of the country due to the careless behavior of the leaders.”

“Lebanon is known to produce such incredible talent, especially in the fashion industry,” Kahawaty wrote. “It devastated me knowing that as soon as they somewhat had their feet on the ground, something close to what our parents experienced may happen again.”

“From hyperinflation to the imminent risk of a civil war, once again the country and people are taken back many steps and many generations.”

Jessica Kahawaty previously supported Lebanon through a lot of painful incidents before the economic crisis, like when wildfires devastated regions of Lebanon last year.