L’Oréal Paris announced last week that it has selected renowned Egyptian actress Mona Zaki as its new spokesperson for Middle East and North Africa. Renowned for her onscreen performances, Zaki stands out for her daring and inspiring balance of both critical and commercial success. But what many don’t know is that Zaki wears many hats and is involved in many things, from her charity work that has spanned over a decade to her life as a mom of three.
Her life as an actress began at a young age. Zaki was born in Kuwait and lived there until she turned 13, before moving back to her country, Egypt. At age 16, she landed her first acting role on stage, and then in university, she met a director who casted her in a Ramadan TV series, marking the start of her career as a TV actress. Since then, she has starred in some of the region’s favorite shows, while also being recognized for her brilliant acting.
Zaki is an award-winning actress, nabbing accolades over the years for her roles in productions such as “Idhak El Soura Titla' Hilwa” and “The Days of Sadat,” a well-known film about the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Last year, the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) awarded the distinguished Faten Hamama Award for Excellence to the Egyptian actress.
Honored to have been chosen to receive an award named after legendary artist Faten Ahmed Hamama, Zaki said, “I will always be proud of my belonging to Egyptian cinema, and I hope that I have contributed even if just a small part to support this important industry […] I promise the public that I will continue to do my best to work hard and help Egyptian cinema reach an impactful level not just locally but also beyond our borders.”