One sunny afternoon, somewhere in the United Kingdom, Little Wing met two very inspirational youths, both unique and compelling in their own ways. Showcasing these two characters together was a last minute, but so it turns out, a perfect decision. May Calamawy and Yasmeen Al-Naif are very different in many ways but manage to live together in total harmony and somehow bring out the best in each other. These two girls live together in Dubai and both come from very diverse backgrounds. May is half Egyptian, half Palestinian and Yasmeen is half Iraqi, half English, both are 24 years old. Just by knowing their backgrounds you can be sure that they have travelled around a lot, met many people in different walks of life and heard many differing opinions about how life should be lived. They have both taken all of their experiences in their stride and from this become well-rounded and enthusiastic young women. Even though they have had similar up bringing’s, May and Yasmeen have grown up with separate ideas and differing ambitions.
Although May has known exactly what she wants to do in life at the tender age of 5, not everyone does, the journey to the decision of what to do with ones life can seem just as daunting as the journey of building one’s career. For many youths in this generation, knowing what you want to do in life is a very tricky decision indeed whether your 18 or 28; especially with the amount of career choices there are these days. From the entertainment industry to the ever-growing Internet industry to old-fashioned manual labour, there is a huge burden upon youths to decide what to do.
Both May and Yasmeen demonstrate two different but equally effective ways of building their lives in the way that they choose. Although they may not always agree on everything, they both appreciate each other’s way of approaching things, whether it be the dishes or their careers. The key, it seems, to getting along with someone who is different than you is to understand and accept everyone’s views for what they are, and to use this knowledge to help yourself, rather than attempting to compete against it.
Written, Filmed and Photographed by: Hana Difrawy
Have a look at May's latest venture, she is one of the originals for the Stoli campaign in Dubai!