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Fifi Abdo Admits She Is Jealous of the Beauty of Lebanese Women


Translated By Priscilla Adum



This is a summary of an interview that originally appeared in Arabic at around May 2011. It is no longer there, but another web site, Magelt el Lamast el Makhmalyea (The Velvet Touch Magazine), posted it on May 2, 2011 at

Fifi Abdo was a guest on the television program Fasel We Na3oud Ma3 Dawoud (A Commercial, And we'll Be Back With Daowud) which airs on Dubai Satellite channel where she was interviewed by singer Dawoud Hassen. She danced more than once on the program while Dawoud Hassen sang.

The Egyptian artist said she decided that she would lose weight after traveling to Lebanon and seeing Lebanese women's good figures and their smart appearance. She went to the pharmacy and bought appetite-supressing drugs and took them. However, she said she then suffered from severe depression while using these drugs and was about to throw herself off the balcony. After that, she said "I decided to challenge myself and I was successful in losing weight by doing different kinds of exercises and by dieting."


The Egyptian dancer revealed that she is is proud of the title Oum el Banat (mother of the girls) because she has three girls. She stresses that she considers her oldest daughter Azza like a sister rather than a daughter because she gave birth to her at a very young age. Her other young daughter is Hanady, who finished her studies at the American College just this year. Her remaining daughter Tata, is the child that the late artist Taheya Carioca left for her to care for. Fifi didn't want to talk about her but would only say that she is twelve years old. Fifi spoke of her granddaughter Shahed and said that she is very close to her heart and they have a loving relationship.

Fifi stated that after having achieved fame, she discovered that it was only her name that was famous because many people only knew her name but they didn't know what she looked like. Because of this, she decided to also become an actress so that people would recognize her and she'd be as well known as any other star. She had parts in several films but her real fame didn't come until she appeared in the film One Woman is Not Enough with actor Ahmed Zaki.




About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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