When I came across a tweet with an attached photo of Egyptian actress and bellydancer Farida Fahmy I was perplexed. Then I read the caption: "Farida Fahmy in this photo preceded Amy Winehouse to this look 40 years ago."
The user, Ayman Zorkany, was right.
Fahmy was a sort of pioneer with her skills in bellydancing, a talent her late father helped nurture and grow. She formed a dancing group called Reda Troupe with her husband, Ali Reda, and his brother, Mahmoud Reda, in 1959.
The dance group toured the world and left impressions to be remembered wherever they landed to perform. The folkloric art troupe had Fahmy as lead dancer for 25 years before she retired in 1983 at the age of 43.
The well-known dancer has also appeared in movies with some of the greatest Egyptian actors, propelling her fame among Arabs even more.
Amy Winehouse, an English singer with a voice to never again be found in the music industry, was miles beyond beloved around the world. Anyone with a spec of love for jazz, blues, and a good mix of lyrics was a fan of Winehouse.
With only two albums recorded, the singer from Camden, northwest London, had a unique style from head to toe. Two major distinctions - which were later a staple to any Winehouse lookalike - were the winged eyeliner and the beehive hairdo.
Unfortunately, the award-winning vocalist struggled with heavy alcohol addiction which led to her death in 2011 at the age of 27.