Medina El Aidi is a young actress and theater artist, based in France, and probably best known for her appearance in the Netflix film “Cuties,” in which she portrayed the role of Angelica.
Early life, family, education
Medina El Aidi Azouni was born on 4 September 2008, making her 15 years old today. She grew up in Paris with her family, who are of the Muslim religion. From a very young age, Medina demonstrated strong passion for theater and acting, and often performed for her parents. She later enrolled in a local theater club where she honed her acting skills.
She hasn’t revealed any information about her parents and siblings, likely due to her young age and wanting to keep their privacy.
Medina is still a student, and attends a local high school.
Medina El Aidi’s acting career seemingly started and ended with the 2020 French coming-of-age drama film “Cuties” (French: Mignonnes). Following her role of Angelica, some rumors suggested that Medina would end her acting career, but there has been no official confirmation.
Medina appeared in the movie alongside other aspiring actors and actresses, such as Fathia Youssouf who played the role of Amy, and Esther Gohourou who played Coumba.
Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, “Cuties” stirred intense controversy upon its release in 2020. The film revolves around Amy, an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant living in Paris, as she grapples with the clash between her conservative upbringing and the hypersexualized culture she encounters both online and within her peer group.
-Starring : Fathia Youssouf, Medina El Aidi-Azouni
— Reanon十四八十八 (@RaijinGG) August 20, 2020
The narrative unfolds as Amy joins a dance group called “Cuties,” attempting to reconcile her traditional values with the provocative dance moves and attire of her newfound friends. Doucouré aspired to shed light on the challenges faced by young girls navigating the complex terrain of adolescence, media influence, and societal expectations.
Despite the director’s intention to critique the premature sexualization of children and highlight the negative impact of societal pressures, the film faced severe backlash, primarily due to its promotional materials. The initial poster, featuring the young cast in suggestive poses, led to accusations that the film itself was contributing to the very issues it sought to condemn. Critics argued that the marketing sensationalized the content, overshadowing the nuanced storytelling and social commentary within the film. The controversy led to debates about artistic intent, freedom of expression, and the responsibility of filmmakers when depicting sensitive subjects involving minors
“Cuties” touches on themes of identity, peer pressure, and the consequences of early exposure to explicit content. Amy’s journey becomes a microcosm of the broader challenges faced by young girls bombarded by unrealistic beauty standards and hypersexualized imagery in the age of social media. The film confronts uncomfortable truths about the sexualization of minors, and the potential long-term impact on their self-esteem and psychological well-being.
Despite the controversy, “Cuties” received acclaim for its authenticity and unflinching portrayal of the struggles faced by its young protagonist. The film succeeds in capturing the vulnerability of adolescence and the desire for acceptance, illustrating how children may imitate behaviors they see online, in an attempt to fit in, or rebel against societal norms.
The controversy surrounding “Cuties” prompted a larger societal conversation about the depiction of minors in media and the responsibility of filmmakers to approach such subjects with sensitivity. Advocates argued that the film, when viewed in its entirety, carried a powerful message about the need for society to protect children from the harmful influences of an overly sexualized culture.
“Cuties” garnered attention, both positive and controversial, for winning Best World Cinema Drama at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. This prestigious award, known for highlighting groundbreaking independent films, underscores the movie’s impact and artistic merit.
The star actress of the film, Fathia Youssouf, was awarded the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress as a result of her incredible performance in the movie; she was also ranked as 13th best actress of 2020.
Medina El Aidi was active on Instagram for a while around 2020, but has since mysteriously disappeared and deleted her account. Since then, there has been a new account created with her name and photo, but it’s not yet confirmed if that is her official account. The bio of this account features the words “Stream cuties now on Netflix. Only account,” and has just over 200 followers. Still, there are no posts on the profile which would confirm who is really behind it.
Medina isn’t active on any other social media platforms either, such as Twitter or TikTok.
Medina has not revealed any information about her current or past boyfriend. Due to her young age, it’s likely that she hasn’t yet had a boyfriend and is currently single.
Medina El Aidi stands at a height of 4ft 11ins (1.49m) and weighs around 110lbs (50kg). She has long straight black hair and deep black eyes, wears glasses, and has no tattoos on her body.
She likes to wear flower dresses and cozy sweaters. Her favorite color is yellow.
Hobbies and interests
Her favorite pastime activity is reading, and her favorite books are the “Harry Potter” series. She is also a big fan of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and “Narnia”.
She loves listening to music, and particularly popular artist such as Taylor Swift and Cardi B. She is also a huge fan of the French house and electronic music group Daft Punk, and her favorite song is “Lose Yourself to Dance.”
Medina is an excellent swimmer, and loves going to the beach in the summer. Her favorite place to go swimming is La Grande Plage (the Big Beach), in Biarritz.
As Medina El Aidi is still not of legal age, it’s difficult to estimate her actual net worth. However, as of 2023, some reports suggest that her net worth amounts to around $2 million. Her wealth likely relates to her appearance in the Netflix film “Cuties,” as well as theater work.