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Below you can read more about 9 truly extraordinary women and their favourite shoes. Who’s your extraordinary woman? Vote now and we will honour 3 of them with an unforgettable trip to our leather factory in the Netherlands.
By participating you also have the chance to win a gift voucher worth $500 to spend in your local ECCO store. Just tell us why you deserve to win - and you’re in! You can read more about the competition below.
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.
Considered as a pioneer and an icon in architecture, Hadid was also known for her formidable personality, her acclaimed work and ground-breaking forms include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the U.S., and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. She will remain an inspiration for all and particularly for the Arab women.
Nayla etched herself into the region’s film industry by Producing and Directing award winning shorts such as “The Neighbour” and “Malal” which went on to be nominated and receive awards from notable festivals such as the Dubai International Film Festival, Florence Middle East Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
To date, her films have participated in over 42 festivals worldwide. She is the first UAE national woman to embark in such career.
My favourite Shape
"I like ECCO SHAPE 75 Pointy, because it’s versatile and can be worn during winter or summer. They speak elegance and have a touch of strength. I love the fact that I can wear these practical yet classy shoes. They capture a part of who I aspire to be. As a business woman I travel a lot and with this design, specially for short trips, I can join carry them without the hassle of taking other pairs along."
As Kuwait’s first female hotelier as well as the Co-founder and Managing Director or THE CITY magazine, Lana Al Resheed is currently one of Kuwait’s most premium luxury tastemakers and influential lifestyle figures.
Lana Al-Resheed has taken part in and publicly advocated several humanitarian aid relief campaigns, mission trips, and goodwill projects around the Middle East and has built a notable goodwill contribution platform.
Hayat Sindi is a leading biotechnologist and a champion of science and technology in the Middle East. She went on to earn a degree in Pharmacology from King’s College London in 1995 and five years later became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a PhD in Biotechnology from Cambridge.
Driven by her desire to more closely link science and social impact she co-founded a non-profit organization with a team at Harvard called Diagnostics For All, which creates innovative, inexpensive, point-of-care diagnostic devices for people in impoverished regions. Along with her scientific activities, she participated in numerous events aimed at raising the awareness of science amongst women, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the Muslim World.
”I love ECCO SHAPE 75 Pointy, because it’s funky, a mixture between a classic and a modern look. It’s also practical!”
Zahra Lari is a competitive figure skater from the United Arab Emirates who has represented her country in International competitions in places like Slovakia, Hungary, and Italy. She is the first UAE National woman to have competed internationally in this discipline. Her plan is to participate in the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018.
My favourite Shape
“The ECCO SHAPE 55 low boots are perfect for when I travel for competitions in the winter.”
Ruqaya Al-Ghasra is a Bahraini athlete. She was one of the first women to represent Bahrain at the Olympic Games, by taking part in the women's 100 metres sprint at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She won medals at the 2006 Asian Games and went on to run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. She announced her international retirement in 2009.
My favourite Shape
“ECCO SHAPE 75 Pointy is comfortable and elegant looking. It works for everyday.”
In April 2010, Elham Al-Qasimi attempted an unassisted expedition to the North Pole. During a three-week journey, Elham skied cross- country to the North Pole starting at 89 degrees latitude. As a result, she was the first Arab woman to set foot on the North Pole and the first UAE national to ski to the North Pole, with no food drops, no re- supplies and no visits to towns or settlements.
Born to a Kuwaiti father and Syrian mother, Dr. Shurooq Amin is a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist and an Anglophone poet whose purpose is to instigate change in society. She has a PhD in Ekphrasis, the connection between art and poetry, and has been published and anthologized internationally. She has been a guest speaker at various Universities and a judge for various events.
”The low heeled ECCO SHAPE 55 flat black boots are very practical yet chic, and they can be taken from day to night easily.”
A Psychologist by profession and the owner of Whispers of Serenity Clinic for Mental Health, Oman’s first mental health clinic, Her Highness Sayyida Basma has been working in the field for 14 years, spending 11 years at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) hospital before establishing Whispers three years ago. Considered an icon in the health sector, Her Highness Sayyida Basma Al Said is recognised for her active efforts in raising awareness about mental health in the Arab World.
”The ECCO SHAPE 75 Pointy is practical but with a modern twist - and it looks very feminine. It suits my personality.”
When you vote for the most extraordinary woman, you also have the chance win a gift voucher worth $500 to spend in your local ECCO store. In order to participate you most vote for one of the 8 extraordinary women and tell us why you deserve to win a gift voucher. Perhaps you’ve been inspired to get some of the shoes mentioned above?
There are 10 gift vouchers at stake. The winners will be announced daily from September 28th to October 7th.