I was born in Casablanca, from a French mother and a Moroccan father. After my parents separated, I followed my
mother in the south of France. Overwhelmed by my boundless energy, my mom enrolled me to the nearest dance studio, "Danse Rythmique" when I was about ten years old. Weeks after weeks I kept going, riding my bicycle, until one day the teacher called up my mother and told her that she thought I had what it takes to become a professional dancer and that it was worth going to the famous Ballet boarding school in Cannes “Rosella Hightower”. My mother decided to sacrifice half of her salary and off I went. The training was intense, army style and while studying many styles, I was clearly a Jazz dancer.
At sixteen, I went off to study at "OFF JAZZ" with Gianin Loringett in Nice. My first paid job was next to Prince in “Under the Cherry Moon” and at eighteen, I was soloist in the company “OFF JAZZ DANCE COMPANY”. Before going on stage, I loved the art of makeup, how it could transform a face and get you in character. I would spend hours training in front of a mirror putting falsies eyelashes and lipstick with a brush, fast and furious.
At nineteen, it was time to pack and go to Paris. The city of Love was nothing but struggles to survive as a dancer. Fine by me, surviving was no stranger. All I did was train harder and got a huge break with Redha on the famous tv show “Champs Elysées”.
Of course acting came naturally after seizing my option plus my voice terrified me, so, I started taking classes. Next thing I know, I am on stage in the play Montserrat with Jean Reno, then starring in the chilling French movie "Aout" and sign up to do 52 episodes as Nicole, co-starring role in the TV Series “The Adventures of the Black Stallion”. I barely spoke English and lied about my horseriding skills, or maybe I just didn’t understand the question?..Two seasons later, the series got syndicated. I went to NY to do theatre in an original play written by Abi Sanders. I was supposed to stay three months and ended up being five years. We created “Room 203” an underground actor’s lab, there I got the chance to act, sing, dance and direct. While performing downtown, Broadway called and I was on stage in “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. I went on to act at The Public Theatre, in the East Village, and in many movies.
All this wear and tear, and all the pain that is living with little support took a toll on my spirit and my body. Mixed with too much working out, my back when out. I was twenty-seven and my dancing career was over. Recovery meant I couldn’t move for a long time, so, all I could do is, sit and paint. After a few paintings, I packed and left for sunny Los Angeles to bathe in the healing energies of the West. Of course I kept acting (everyone is an actor in LA) and proudly landed many parts, amongst them in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” sharing screen time with Brad Pitt. In between gigs, I was an awful waitress, so hanging out at my friend's hair salon in Beverly Hills, I started painting people's faces. Then cold-called photographers and gently pushed doors...Until I jumped in the celebrity whirlpool and assisted two of the most inspiring makeup artists of our times, Gina Brooke and Pati Dubroff.
Back to Morocco, I collaborated with L'Officiel as well as being part of Dior International Make Up Team for the International Film Festival of Marrakech. Now, my focus is on making pictures I don't know what else could be more thrilling than playing with emotions through visuals. Today, I am grateful to be walking, breathing, dancing and making people feel beautiful...<3