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NOOR
TAGOURI

Get to know activist and journalist Noor Tagouri and watch as fashion designer Prabal Gurung asks her about beauty, breaking barriers—and Bollywood karaoke.


Written By AMBER KALLOR
Photography By CASSANDRA GREY
Makeup By GRACE AHN
Nails By MOMO QIN
Styling By MARWA MEME BILTAGI

VIOLET STATS
Name: Noor Tagouri

Job Description: Journalist, speaker, and activist

Instagram: @noor


Name: Prabal Gurung

Job Description: Fashion designer

Instagram: @troublewithprabal


Ostrich feathers flutter in the New York City breeze as Noor Tagouri arrives at Prabal Gurung’s Bleecker Street boutique wearing a blazer, trousers, and scarf from the designer’s Spring 2019 collection. The two formed an instant friendship backstage at Gurung’s latest show not only because they inspire one another on Instagram, but because they share many of the same struggles as minorities, breaking down barriers in today’s ever-tumultuous world.

Both are unapologetically themselves as they combat stereotypes and fight to gain seats at “decision-making tables” for future generations. “My act of service is to be able to put myself in places that are uncomfortable because I know my truth,” explained Tagouri. Whether that means being the first woman to wear a hijab while posing for Playboy or facing off with political pundits on Fox News, the multifaceted journalist knows how to roll out her own welcome mat.

Gurung—a Nepalese-American designer who counts former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge as fans—isn’t simply known for his striking silhouettes. He’s made it his mission to make the runway a truly inclusive place for everyone regardless of size, gender, or ethnicity. Off the catwalk, he continues his crusade to empower and validate people who are otherwise marginalized by big fashion brands.

Here, Gurung trades places with Tagouri and tries his hand at asking questions. VIOLET GREY listens in as this duo discusses everything from skin care to finding strength in what you wear.


NOOR'S
ON-THE-GO ROUTINE

Always on the move, the activist and journalist took over 120 flights last year. So VIOLET GREY prescribed a wardrobe of TSA-friendly products that can keep up.

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“Tired under-eyes and puffiness” top Tagouri’s list of skin care concerns. This all-in-one mask infused with algae extract, vitamin B3, amino acids, and allantoin acts as an instant wake-up call by tackling dark circles, fine lines, and inflammation in one simple step.

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“Everything goes well when my skin is super hydrated and glowy,” she says. Whether Tagouri is at home or on the road, this TSA-approved formula will infuse her complexion with moisture and nutrients. A touch of 23-karat gold adds an instant hit of subtle radiance.

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Tagouri likes to go “all out with eyes.” This double-sided wand comes complete with a coordinating liner and shadow for a foolproof lid look—fast.

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While the journalist often goes for the “original eyeliner,” aka a jar of kohl from Morocco with a cow horn applicator, this calligraphy-style pen is great on the go: it’s super precise and stays put for 12 hours.

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Tagouri claims she hasn’t quite mastered the feline flick but this ultra-fine marker erases mistakes and makes cat-eyes look extra crisp.

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After hours, Tagouri likes to amp things up with “a little extra contour.” The cushiony applicator and creamy formula flawlessly carves out cheekbones.

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This shade-shifting balm creates a custom tint and plumps lips with hydrating hyaluronic acid for a full and flushed pout.