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In an era where anyone can gain fame thanks to social media websites, renowned blogger Samar Seraqui de Buttafoco of Une Libanaise a Paris (A Lebanese in Paris) is a firm believer that only hard work pays off and freedom is sacred. Just like her blog posts and Instagram photos serve as an invitation for her audience to take some time and reflect, Seraqui de Buttafoco hopes that the talk she will be giving in Beirut this week will be a chance to familiarize her fans with her own personal journey that was shaped by "hard work and sweat". Une Libanaise a Paris initially started as an anonymous style and travel blog about five years ago.Unlike the vast majority of fashion bloggers, Seraqui de Buttafoco is by no means a crowd pleaser; she wants the end product she delivers to incite her audience to think. The writings and pictures on her blog do exactly that. In one blog post, Seraqui de Buttafoco criticized Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad for allegedly copying the Elie Saab style.Seraqui de Buttafoco revealed she was Muslim when she was photographed holding the banner #notinmyname during the 2014 Paris Fashion Week in response to Boko Haram's kidnaping of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.
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