Miss Europe Continental to be held in Dubai

The Miss Europe Continental competition is coming to Dubai, organizers announced Thursday.
Updated 15 September 2017

Miss Europe Continental to be held in Dubai

DUBAI: With celebrities and models jetting in and out of the city on a dizzyingly-frequent basis, Dubai is no stranger to beauty. However, pageant fans are in for a treat as a segment of the Miss Europe Continental competition is set to be hosted in the city on Oct. 11, organizers announced at a press conference on Thursday.
Since its inception in 2013, the pageant, the finale of which is to be held in Italy, has been dedicated to promoting European culture and heritage.
During the competition in Dubai, 30 contestants will be whittled down to three finalists who will then go on to compete against 30 other applicants from all over Europe in Spoleto, Italy. The glittering finale will be held on Nov. 25.
In November, one contestant will win the title of Miss Europe Continental and 10 contestants will get the chance to win titles sponsored by various international firms.
The thinking behind the event was explained during a press conference at Dubai’s Palazzo Versace hotel, where the Oct. 11 competition is set to be held. The panel included Dr. Maria Rubatti, a specialist plastic surgeon at CosmeSurge in Dubai, Hayssam Al-Amine, CEO of the RPM Group and Mona Al-Amine, managing director of entertainment company Ready Talents.
Alberto Cerqua, owner and creator of the pageant, joined the press conference via Skype to explain why he had chosen Dubai as the first non- European city to host the event.
“Our main goal is to create a strong bond between Italian fashion and UAE fashion,” he said via a translator.
“We love women who love fashion, who specifically love ‘Made in Italy’ fashion… Our goal is to scout beauties who can bridge the cultural gap and to scout people who love fashion.”
The organizers say the pageant is a platform to allow European women to display their artistic skills, intelligence, confidence, cultural pride and leadership skills in order to further advance themselves in the European fashion, movie and beauty industries.
“Miss Europe Continental is one of the largest and most influential fashion and talent shows in Europe and is now in Dubai for the first time outside of Europe... this is one way we can participate in what Dubai has become ... a hub of international culture and fashion and the movie industry,” Hayssam Al-Amine said.
The Dubai competition will have four segments, including an introduction, an evening gown competition, a talent section, and a question and answer segment.
Judges include high-end Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, beauty entrepreneur Joelle Mardinian and last year’s lucky winner, Russian contestant Anna Semenkova.
The 26-year-old will fly into Dubai fresh off a whirlwind modeling tour of Europe, which she began soon after her win.
The pageant hopefuls will compete for the chance to earn the Miss Europe Continental crown, which this year is a tiara ringed with gem-encrusted hearts, in a finale that will be broadcast around the world on Fashion TV.

Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

Updated 20 June 2018

Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

DUBAI: Beyoncé and Jay-Z stunned fans by dropping a surprise joint album this week, and the artistic video for the lead track, “Apes***,” sees the Grammy-winning queen of pop wearing a turban by French-Tunisian milliner Donia Allegue.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns, before the couple released it on Spotify on Monday.
The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The couple also put out an elaborately choreographed video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for “Apes***,” AFP reported.

The video opens with the couple standing regally in front of the “Mona Lisa” — Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyoncé in a lavender pantsuit — and features a squad of scantily clad dancers moving sensually in front of Jacques Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

In a later scene, Beyoncé dons a floor-length black turban by Donia Allegue with a nude-colored bodysuit by French design house Cadolle. According to Vogue Arabia, Allegue revealed that the headpiece took eight hours to create and is made of six meters of tulle.

“Honored and proud to have adorned Queen @beyonce (with) an exceptional headpiece for her grandiose clip,” the design house posted on its Instagram page this week.

The video is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial high points chosen by stylist Zerina Akers, who scored the latest designs from international runways, as well as custom pieces from various high-end brands.

Fashion aside, the album, driven by warm, sultry soul with a largely hip-hop cadence, marries the styles of the two artists but is more consistent with the recent direction of Jay-Z.
The two stars have recorded together previously, notably on the Beyoncé-led single “Drunk in Love,” but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.
Beyonce on her last solo album “Lemonade” in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album “4:44.”

This year, as the title of “Everything is Love” implies, their relationship is apparently swell.

On the final track, the joyously brassy “Lovehappy,” the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile.

“We’re flawed / But we’re still perfect for each other,” Beyoncé sings.

As two of the most prominent African Americans in pop culture Jay-Z and Beyoncé have played increasingly visible political roles, from campaigning for former president Barack Obama to championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Everything is Love” offers a paean to African American identity in “Black Effect,” which opens in Beyoncé fashion with a monologue about self-love before a haunting soul sample.
Jay-Z on the song name-checks Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot dead in 2012 by a neighborhood watchman in a Florida gated community, and raps, in a twist on performers’ rote calls for crowd gesticulation, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest.”