Beauty queen hopefuls dazzle Dubai in Miss Europe Continental competition

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Pageant stars took to the stage in Dubai in the Miss Europe Continental competition.
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Pageant stars took to the stage in Dubai in the Miss Europe Continental competition.
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Contestants were put through their paces in the pageant.
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The Palazzo Versace on Dubai played host to a glittering beauty pageant.
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Pageant stars took to the stage in Dubai in the Miss Europe Continental competition.
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Contestants were put through their paces in the pageant.
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Contestants were put through their paces in the pageant.
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Pageant stars took to the stage in Dubai in the Miss Europe Continental competition.
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Contestants were put through their paces in the pageant.
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Pageant stars took to the stage in Dubai in the Miss Europe Continental competition.
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The Palazzo Versace on Dubai played host to a glittering beauty pageant.
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The Palazzo Versace on Dubai played host to a glittering beauty pageant.
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Pageant stars took to the stage in Dubai in the Miss Europe Continental competition.
Updated 12 October 2017
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Beauty queen hopefuls dazzle Dubai in Miss Europe Continental competition

DUBAI: The glittering city of Dubai was treated to a show of beauty and fashion Wednesday as a segment of the Miss Europe Continental competition was hosted at the glamorous Palazzo Versace hotel.

During the competition in Dubai, 19 contestants from across Europe — from the UK, Russia, Germany and more — were whittled down to three finalists who will go on to compete in Spoleto, Italy, against 30 others from all over Europe. The glittering finale will be held on Nov. 25.

The Dubai competition, which began with a stunning dance performance by light-adorned dancers, was made up four segments in which the women walked the stage in various outfits.

Judges included high-end Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, beauty entrepreneur Joelle Mardinian and last year’s lucky winner, Russian contestant Anna Semenkova.

The 26-year-old flew into Dubai fresh off a whirlwind modeling tour of Europe, which she began soon after her win and when asked what advice she would give to the next winner, she said they should have a sense of purpose to “show people that you can be beautiful and strong, smart and intelligent.”

The beauty stars took to the stage in a variety of black evening gowns, complete with glittering jewels, perfectly curled hair and Hollywood-style make up.

The contestants then graced the catwalk in typically Emirati outfits — jalabeyas in a rainbow of colors. Dripping in gold, the women glittered under the spotlight as their red, green and cream flowing dresses wowed the crowd.

After taking to the stage in a plethora of colorful evening gowns, eight semifinalists went through a question and answer round. Then the final three contestants were chosen to head to Italy.

In November, 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.

Speaking at a press conference in September via Skype, Alberto Cerqua, owner and creator of the pageant, explained 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.


Shanina Shaik stars in campaign for Revolve

Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik. (AFP)
Updated 15 July 2018
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Shanina Shaik stars in campaign for Revolve

DUBAI: She may not be at Miami Swim Week, but Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik certainly got into the spirit on Instagram, posting shots from her trip to Bermuda with US-based e-tail platform Revolve and giving a special mention to the swimwear event.
“Because it’s swim week,” Shaik captioned a photo of herself wearing a red-and-white vertically striped bikini, by swimwear label Tularosa, against a rocky backdrop in Bermuda. Miami Swim Week is set to continue until July 17 and sees swimwear designers from across the world show off their latest perfect-for-the-pool creations on the sunny shores of the Floridian city.
However, the model is on another sun-drenched shoreline for a photoshoot and launch party celebrating a collaboration between clothing brands The Naven Twins and NBD in Bermuda this week.
Shaik, whose father is Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, wasn’t the only fashionable it-girl on the island, however. Revolve handpicked a group of stylish influencers and models to star in the Bermudian snaps.
Designer and marketing guru Draya Michele, model Kara Del Toro and influencer Jill Wallace also took part in the color-packed photoshoot.

When I spot the icecream shop ! @revolve #revolvearoundtheworld

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For her part, Shaik starred in a series of shots wearing a glittering array of beach-ready outfits. In one windswept photo, the model wears a lilac bandeau top with draped sleeves, paired with a jungle-print pair of high-waisted shorts — “a real-life mermaid,” the Revolve social media team captioned the picture on Instagram.
Revolve carries more than 500 menswear and womenswear brands and has a dedicated beauty section on its website, revolve.com. Launched in 2003, the e-tail website claims to have 40 million page visits per month, so it makes sense that Shaik, an already successful runway model, would jump on the bandwagon.
Shaik is newly married, having tied the knot with musician DJ Ruckus at a family-filled ceremony in the Bahamas in May. The couple promptly followed it up with a bash in Miami that was attended by likes of Bella Hadid and model Hailey Baldwin.
The model married her long-time beau Gregory Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera.
Reverend Run of Run DMC performed the ceremony as family, friends and a handful of celebrity guests gathered for the nuptials, including Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, as well as models Nadine Leopold and Hannah Ferguson.
The happy couple got engaged in December 2015 after dating for less than a year. He reportedly presented her with two Lorraine Schwartz rings and let her take her pick. She eventually chose a gold band that featured an amethyst and a diamond, according to media reports.