Vogue Arabia debuts online with digital first strategy

Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz is Vogue Arabia’s Editor-in-Chief.
Updated 24 October 2016
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Vogue Arabia debuts online with digital first strategy

JEDDAH: Vogue Arabia’s bilingual online platform goes live today on Tuesday. Vogue.me, a historic, digital-first launch for the Vogue brand, precedes the print launch, slated for spring 2017.
“The Arab world has always been a source of enchantment, dreams, mystery and beauty. As we experience a creative renaissance with technology at its core, we aim to raise the bar, providing the region with authentic, bespoke and carefully curated content. Vogue is built on heritage and storytelling. So is Arabia”, says Vogue Arabia’s Editor-in-Chief Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz.
Key editorial launch pieces include an intimate cinematic encounter with Lebanese designer Elie Saab, directed by Elisa Sednaoui in Beirut; an insightful interview with International Vogue Editor Suzy Menkes on the Middle Eastern fashion scene; a video exclusive with Gigi Hadid, and the definitive edit of the most stylish abayas to stock up on for the autumn season, among many others.
Shashi Menon, CEO of Nervora and Publisher of Vogue Arabia, remarked: “This is a landmark step in the evolution of the fashion and media landscape in the Middle East and beyond. The decision to launch digital-first is a bold, declarative statement we are making on the future of publishing, and consistent with Vogue’s long history of reinvention. We are thrilled that Vogue, the world’s foremost authority on fashion, is launching in the region and we look forward to further shaping the regional fashion ecosystem.”
Hailed as a beacon of fashion in the region, Vogue Arabia’s Editor-in-Chief, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has earned a reputation as a fashion opinion leader and a source of inspiration for local and international designers. Having spent considerable time in the United States and Europe, she brings to the role a thorough understanding of Western and Arab cultures. The fashion team working under Abdulaziz includes Fashion Director Daniela Agnelli, who held the role of Fashion Director with The Daily Telegraph magazine for 15 years.

 


House of Khan: Pakistani finds fame as ‘Game of Thrones’ doppelganger

Updated 22 March 2019
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House of Khan: Pakistani finds fame as ‘Game of Thrones’ doppelganger

  • The 25-year-old so resembles actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in TV hit ‘Game of Thrones’
  • Not only are Khan and Dinklage’s faces strikingly similar, they are also the same height

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan had never heard of the Game of Thrones — or its hugely popular character Tyrion Lannister — until his striking resemblance to the dwarf anti-hero got heads turning at home.
The 25-year-old so resembles actor Peter Dinklage — who has played the witty and wily nobleman since the hit series’ first season in 2010 — that he gets regularly stopped by strangers desperate for a picture.
“I don’t mind. A lot of my pictures have been taken, that’s why I have become very famous everywhere,” he said.
Not only are Khan and Dinklage’s faces strikingly similar, they are also the same height at around 135 cms (4 ft 5in).
Photographs of the pair have unsurprisingly made their way onto social media showing the doppelgangers side-by-side.
“Wherever I go, someone says to me: ‘Sir, who is this man with you on Facebook’, I say that he is my friend. ‘He looks like you’. I tell them he is my brother. It’s not a bad thing,” said Khan.

Khan and Dinklage. (AFP)


The television series has won 47 Emmys — more than any other fictional show in history — along with a Golden Globe for Dinklage, 49, for best supporting actor in 2012.
A much anticipated final series is set to premiere on April 17.
Khan works at a small Kashmiri restaurant down a narrow line in Rawalpindi, serving customers hearty dishes such as mutton and spinach curries.
Owner Malik Aslam Pervez described him as a hard-worker — and also a drawcard for the eatery.
“When he takes a day off or gets sick, people look for him and ask where did he go? They get upset. They love him. There is always a crowd here but it has boomed because of him,” he said.
Born in Mansehra in northern Pakistan, Khan says he would love to meet Dinklage, describing him as a friend and brother.
“I love him very much, he is my friend... he is my height so I like him a lot,” said Khan.
For customers, seeing Tyrion Lannister in the flesh is also a thrill.
“When I saw him, I’m happy, I feel that I met with Lannister in real [life],” said Zain Hadri, 20.
“Game of Thrones” tells the story of noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne, all the while keeping one eye on the “White Walkers” leading hordes of the undead toward an invasion from the North.