Aya Magdy hopes to promote tourism to Alexandria with these stunning images.
With her leopard-print hijab and scarlet dress, it was a statement ensemble.
However when Aya Magdy took to the streets of Alexandria recently, it was her footwear that caused heads to turn.
The 20-year-old Egyptian student took part in a shoot with photographer Hussein Hossam on the city streets in a bid to promote tourism to the nation, Arab News reports.
The dancer also hoped to “break taboos about ballet dancing in Egypt” with the images, shared on Fantasia Photography’s Facebook page, the newspaper adds.
Magdy, who is studying law at Alexandria University, also told the Youm7 newspaper that her public performance did turn some heads from passers-by.
“They were surprised at first, but soon I began to see admiration in the way they looked at me as they see me perform this beautiful art.”
The student isn’t the first ballet dancer to take to the streets of Egypt, with a local dance troupe also promoting the discipline with regular public displays.
Ballerinas of Cairo shot to fame in recent years thanks to the group’s stunning shoots throughout the capital.
Just last year the performing company joined with Dubai-based store Bambah Boutique to kit dancers out in Fifties-influenced dresses rich in floral prints and plush fabrics.
“When fashion and art meet culture,” the boutique captioned a still from the shoot, adding that the ballerinas “literally stopped traffic” in Cairo.
Now, we’re just off to Google ballet classes in Dubai…
Images: Hussein Hossam/Fantasia Photography Facebook