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Portrait of the Week

This week’s we are featuring the fashion queen Mana Mansour. Mana is the host Show Multicultural Channel, and producer of the West Coast Style. See more of Mana and us here! And be sure to subscribe her YouTube Channel!

 


Jewlery From Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewllery
Hair and makeup by Nadia Albano
Dress from Jason Matlo

 

Occupation

Host of Shaw Multicultural Channel, a reporter for the lifestyle magazine program go! Vancouver on Shaw TV, & host & producer of West Coast Style, Vancouver’s premiere fashion & beauty segment on Shaw TV Vancouver.

I am also a professional voice-over talent and emcee.

What is your philosophy on what you do?

My philosophy is to be a story teller that inspires people to be their best self and to be proud of where they live in the most entertaining and fun way possible.

What do you think is the key to success of what you do?

I would first say that I’ve managed to find something that I’m extremely passionate about and made it into a career. If it seems like work, then it’s going to be, so I’m a firm believer of pursing something you love rather than money, a title etc. If you’re truly passionate about it, then you will be successful. Once you’ve found that passion, my motto is to work hard, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and never give into defeat.

My style is…

Feminine mixed with a bit of edge. I like mixing soft pieces with a touch of rock and roll, for example a sexy silk dress worn with a biker jacket. I am also very inspired by the late 1970’s/early 1980’s- Halston, Bill Blass, Yves Saint Laurent and Studio 54. But I have to say right now I’m obsessed with anything with leather details.

Three things in my wardrobe I love…

My new Nike Sky High Dunks, my Gold Lamé Diane von Furstenberg dress and a diamond “M” necklace that my dad give me when I turned 16.
Go-to outfit…

Well-fitted blazer, skinny dark jeans, heals and a statement necklace.

Favourite brands or designers…

So many to choose from! For high-end I am currently coveting Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Erdem, and Charlotte Olympia. My favourite go-to brands are Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, Zara, DvF, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Story behind Mana Mansour…

Coming from a performing background with a BA in Theatre from UBC, my desire to reach out to the world and share stories brought me to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where I completed their prestigious Broadcast Journalism Program. Since working with Shaw TV, I have been nominated for 3 Leo Awards for my work, along with winning the 2011 Notable.ca Cultural Curator Award in Canada. Prior to Shaw TV, I held broadcasting positions during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, at CTV News Vancouver and at Entertainment Tonight Canada. Always a pop-culture junkie, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing such stars as Seth Rogen, Chantal Kreviazuk, the cast of Degrassi, K-OS, Jully Black, and my childhood idol Jeanne Beker.

I am also a very active emcee around the community, having hosted hundreds of events, festivals and parades across Metro Vancouver including The Chinese New Year Parade, Coquitlam Canada Day, the Shaw Mini Sun Run, the Vancouver Gutsy Walk, Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade, Pacific Centre’s Style Bar, the Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase and fashion events for The Hudson’s Bay Company.

What would you do if money wasn’t a factor…

Same thing I am doing now- on-air hosting and reporting for television.

Neighbourhood haunt for outfits…

Front and Co. and Barefoot Contessa on Main Street, in Gastown TODAY and LynnSteven, for central downtown, The Bay and Zara.

What are your passions other than what you do…

Interior Design, Dancing (I was a trained dancer for 10 years growing up), and travelling.

Currently listening to… (3 songs)

  1. Goin’ In – Jennifer Lopez featuring Flo Rida
  2. The Lumineers- Ho Hey
  3. Call Your Girlfriend- Robyn

I always have Robyn playing on any of my playlists!

Splurge on….

Blazers, winter coats and boots

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