So much has changed for the Arab world, and how we long for the glamorous past, best portrayed in Egyptian films from the 50s and 60s. Faten Hamama in her tulle party dress, batting her eyelashes at Omar Al Sharif, their electric chemistry still fresh in our minds.

Some of today’s most beautiful and accomplished celebrities remind us of how we used to be. Before our actresses started growing their lips and shrinking their minds, vulgarity replacing talent and sophistication all but dead.

These 8 women remind us fondly of our past…

Zubaida Tharwat / Jennifer Lawrence

Dalida / Giselle

Soad Hosny / Selena Gomez

Sabah / Paris Hilton

Hind Rostom / Lindsay Lohan

Mariam Fakhr Eddine / Keira Knightley

Madiha Kamel / Vanessa Hudgens

Sharihan / Kendall Jenner

This article was originally posted on 12 July, 2015

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