Maya Maghraby has made a name for herself as one of the top young belly dancers in Egypt. She is known to invariably bring any crowd to their feet at every one of the big parties, weddings and events at which she performs, including at eniGma & Bvlgari’s Closing Party for the Cairo International Film Festival just last year. Off the stage, however, the accomplished dancer is quite reserved and exudes an endearing and elegant simplicity that is captured on the following pages of her eniGma fashion shoot. Her naturally casual demeanor was evident from the start, when Maya arrived to the location in sneakers and a T-shirt and a sweet bubbly attitude that charmed the whole eniGma team immediately. eniGma’s Mohamed Hesham sat down with the enchanting dancer to ask her some fun questions about her life in and out of the spotlight. She was in her natural element, relaxed, stress-free and as beautiful as ever.
What is your favourite song to dance to?
I love old songs. Even during my free time at home, I always listen to the classics.
Who is your role model when it comes to belly dancing?
My role model is the great Samia Gamal, of course.
If this wasn’t your job at the moment, what would you be doing right now?
If I wasn’t a dancer, I would be a doctor (laughs).
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like going to the gym, going to the movies and going out shopping.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Actually, I am more of a morning person!
In your opinion, how important is it to have a belly dancer at a wedding?
People love having a dancer at a wedding because it creates a special atmosphere. They grow up understanding that the dancer is there to make everyone
happy and to spread positive vibes.
What is your favourite quality in a man?
My man has to always have my back and look out for me.
What is the thing that scares you the most?
Betrayal… Nothing scares me more than a cheating man.
Do you think that dancing requires confidence more than talent, or is it the other way around?
For sure, dancing is mostly about talent.
What is your idea of happiness?
Happiness is going to bed with a smile on your face!