Karen Wazen

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Born (1987-04-10) April 10, 1987 (age 34)
NationalityLebanese-British
OccupationFashion entrepreneur, Digital influencer
Spouse(s)Elias Bakhazi(husband)
ChildrenGeorgie(son),Karile,kay(twin daughters)

Karen Wazen is a Lebanese-British fashion entrepreneur and digital influencer based in Dubai. She began her digital career through a blog Karen’s Choice in 2016[1] and has now gained over 4.2 million Instagram followers. In December 2018, Wazen launched a namesake eyewear collection and was ranked in Forbes’ Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands List consecutively in 2019[2] and 2020[3].

Career

Karen Wazen launched her blog Karen's Choice in 2016 as a personal space to share her journey in motherhood, and a glimpse into her passion for traveling, beauty, home décor and style. In the same year, she had already amassed an Instagram community of more than 113,000 followers where she shared unfiltered images and heartwarming videos with her husband, son and twin daughters.

As Karen's clout in the social media sphere grew, regional counterparts of international fashion titles, as well as beauty and fashion brands started to take notice. Karen recounts some of her first collaborations with brands like Dior Beauty[4], Cartier[5] and Breitling[6], and for whom she has starred in digital and editorial campaigns. She has also been on the cover of magazines including Harper's Bazaar Arabia[7], L'Officiel Levant[8], ELLE Arabia[9] and Grazia Morocco.[10]

Karen has graced red carpet events, including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and is a front-row regular at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks including shows for luxury and haute couture houses like Tory Burch[11], Dior[12], Elie Saab[13] and Ralph & Russo.[14]

In December 2018, Karen Wazen officially launched her namesake brand Karen Wazen Eyewear, exclusively revealed by Vogue Arabia.[15] Karen developed the collection as a direct reflection of her own style, fashion philosophy, and personal taste. By November 2019, Karen Wazen Eyewear debuted with its first international e-retailer, Farfetch[16] and continues to expand globally through department stores and e-commerce sites including Moda Operandi[17], Shopbop, Browns[18], Harvey Nichols in Kuwait and Level in Dubai.[19]

Recognition

In April 2019, Karen Wazen was invited as a speaker at Harvard University's Arab Conference entitled (Re)Imagining Home.[20]

At Cosmopolitan Middle East's 2019 Influencer Awards, she was recognised as Entrepreneur Of The Year.[21]

By August 2019, Karen Wazen was recognised for her label in Forbes' 2019 list of Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands.[22]

In October 2019, she was awarded Achieving Women in Digital Influence at Entrepreneur Middle East's annual Achieving Women Awards.[23]

Philanthropy

Karen Wazen has long been supporting charitable causes, including the refugee relief efforts of The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).[24][25]

Personal Life

Born on April 10, 1987, Lebanese-British Karen Wazen now lives in Dubai with her family. She married Elias Bakhazi in 2012, and is a mother of three to Georgie and twin daughter, Karlie and Kay.[26]

Karen is among a family of talented Lebanese entrepreneurs. Her mother runs an interior design company[27], while her twin sisters Andrea is the founder and designer of namesake shoe label Andrea Wazen[28], and Jessica is a professional chef who owns a catering company and has worked with Yannick Alleno, Alain Ducasse and Gordon Ramsay.[29]


References

  1. "Keeping Up With Karen Wazen Bakhazi". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  2. East, Forbes Middle. "Arab Women Behind These Iconic Accessories Brands". Forbes ME. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  3. East, Forbes Middle. "Karen Wazen Bakhazi Has Her Sights Set On Becoming A Global Fashion Entrepreneur With Her Sunglasses Brand". Forbes ME. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  4. "A Fun Beauty Morning with Karen Wazen and Dior". AzyaaMode. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  5. "This Season's Must-Have Bag is Inspired by an Iconic Red Jewelry Box". Vogue Arabia. 2019-03-19. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  6. BreitlingOfficial, BreitlingOfficial (January 28, 2020). "Breitling Experience - Lofoten Islands". YouTube.
  7. "April Cover: Karen Wazen On Gratitude and Optimism During Times of Uncertainty". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  8. "L'Officiel-Levant February/March Issue 88". Issuu. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  9. FashionModelDirectory.com, The FMD-. "Cover of Elle Arab World with Karen Wazen Bakhazi, September 2018 (ID:50399)| Magazines | The FMD". The FMD - FashionModelDirectory.com. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  10. "Karem Wazen : nouvelle étoile du moyen-orient". Grazia Maroc (in français). Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  11. "Karen Wazen jets over for NYFW". Arab News. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  12. "Mohammed Al Turki and Karen Wazen attend the Dior show as part of the..." Getty Images. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  13. "Lana El Sahely, Caroline Daur and Karen Wazen attend the Elie Saab..." Getty Images. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  14. "Ralph & Russo : Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021". Getty Images. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  15. "Influencer Vision: Karen Wazen Launches a Debut Collection of Eyewear". Vogue Arabia. 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  16. "Exclusive: Karen Wazen Eyewear Debuts on Farfetch". Vogue Arabia. 2019-11-03. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  17. "Women's Karen Wazen". Moda Operandi. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  18. "Karen Wazen | Browns". www.brownsfashion.com. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  19. "KAREN WAZEN". Level Shoes. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  20. "(Re)Imagining Home - Arab Conference at Harvard | Harvard University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences". gsas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  21. Middle East, Cosmopolitan. "Inside Entrepreneur Of The Year Influencer Winner Karen Wazen's 6thStreet.com #BoxForACause". Cosmopolitan Middle East.
  22. East, Forbes Middle. "WOMEN BEHIND MIDDLE EASTERN BRANDS". Forbes ME. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  23. "Entrepreneur Middle East November 2019 | Champions of Change". Issuu. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  24. Karen Wazen on Facebook Watch, retrieved 2020-05-17
  25. ScoopEmpire, ScoopEmpire. "Celebs Across the Middle East Join Forces With UNHCR for This Inspiring Initiative #EveryGiftCounts". Scoop Empire.
  26. "Keeping Up With Karen Wazen Bakhazi". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  27. "Inside Karen Wazen Bakhazi's Dubai Home". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  28. "Exclusive: Andrea Wazen's Latest Collection Was Inspired By Her Wedding Venue". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  29. "The Power Of Family: Inside The Wazens' Beirut Home". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2020-05-17.

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