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At the tail end of World War II, a slight, blonde actress named Nicoletta Parodi was fast becoming one of Italy's rising film stars.The story of Toubia's grandmother is the basis of a Lebanese accessories brand that carries her grandmother's name. Toubia founded Nicoletta Parodi (NP) in 2012 while in between jobs as an interior architect; she now works full-time for international building consultants Dar al-Handasah. Fozaza, a Saudi Arabia-based blogger with a Instagram account of nearly 270,000 followers from around the region, brought a windfall of attention to NP after posting a picture on social media of an iridescent leather bag by the brand sitting in a leafy tree.Parodi's name has played a major part in Toubia's success.After the whirlwind romance that led the rising star to transplant her life to Beirut, Parodi's husband died young from cancer in 1960 . She chose to stay in Beirut through the Lebanese Civil War and spent much of her time in east Beirut, where she could communicate in French, and at home watching Italian television. Toubia had originally applied to study fashion design abroad in fall 2006 .With the help of grandma, however, Toubia has returned to her career path.
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