Saturday,21 April, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1388, (5 - 11 April 2018)
Saturday,21 April, 2018
Issue 1388, (5 - 11 April 2018)

Ahram Weekly

A life-changing event

Elisa Sednaoui at King Tut exhibition

ELISA Sednaoui, granddaughter of early 20th-century Egyptian businessman Samaan Sednaoui, attended the exhibition in Los Angeles, describing it as the best she had ever seen.  

Sednaoui is a model, actress, philanthropist and film director of Italian, Egyptian and French descent. She has appeared in several films as well as in fashion campaigns for top fashion designers. 

In 2013, she created the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation dedicated to promoting creative learning and after-school initiatives for youngsters. The foundation aims at providing children with a wide range of life skills and began its first project in Luxor in 2014.


Sednaoui with both ministers of Antiquities and Tourism and member of Parliament

Egypt is a place close to Sednaoui’s heart as she spent her formative years there. “When I was young, I wanted to be a cultural attaché,” Sednaoui said. “A friend of my parents in Egypt was a diplomat and his job just seemed so interesting. I started modelling very young, and I shot my first film when I was just 18, so I didn’t really have a chance to make my dreams come true. But now I’m very fortunate to be able to take on projects that interest me, including launching a cultural centre where children can learn values like equality, listening when others speak, the empowerment of women, starting in Egypt and then expanding to other places,” she explained.


The classical early 20th century atmosphere brought back at king Tut opening ceremony

“Even some so-called developed countries have huge problems in the way children are being raised. So, I started where I know in Egypt and Italy.” She said that “when I was in Egypt recently filming a documentary, a group was asked, ‘what would the child you were think of the adult you’ve become?’ No one wanted to answer. The country has a lot of problems, but some of the difficulties could be changed by working with children to change mindsets,” Sednaoui said.


Chocolate promoting the exhibition

“I am very proud to see such a high-profile representation from Egypt to open the Tutankhamun exhibition,” Sednaoui told the Weekly, adding that she was keen to attend the exhibition that made her proud to see Egypt and its culture represented properly in the United States. 

“Although it is not my first time to see Ancient Egyptian treasures, as I am living between Luxor, Cairo and the United States and have seen many temples, monuments and art galleries, it was very emotional for me to enter the exhibition galleries and admire the Tutankhamun collection,” she concluded. 


Tutankhamun symbolic coffin hogs all LA streets promoting the exhibition


King Tut’s marble vessels


Actors wearing like Carter and the early 20th century costumes


Opening ceremony of King Tut exhibition


The golden sheets wrapping of King Tut

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