Sarah, 27, aims to be Iraq’s jewel with a crown

Sarah Idan, 27, a singer, songwriter and musician from Baghdad, will represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant in the US this month. (Via social media)
Updated 08 November 2017
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Sarah, 27, aims to be Iraq’s jewel with a crown

BAGHDAD: Sarah Idan carries the hopes and dreams of Iraq on her shoulders — and very pretty shoulders they are too.
Sarah, 27, a singer, songwriter and musician from Baghdad, will represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant in the US this month.
“It’s an incredible honor,” she said on social media. “Very grateful and excited.”
Sarah qualified for the contest last week when she was crowned Miss Universe Iraq 2017 at a ceremony in Baghdad — but, Iraq being Iraq, the process was not without incident. Judges found out that the initial winner, Vian Sulaimani, had been married and divorced, which is against the rules.
It is more than 40 years since Iraq had a contestant at the pageant. Wijdan Sulyman took part in Puerto Rico in 1972.
Sarah was born and raised in Baghdad. After the invasion in 2003, she worked with the American-led coalition forces in the city, which gave her the opportunity to travel to the US. Last year she won the Miss Iraq USA title in Michigan.
Many Iraqis welcomed her participation in the pageant. “We need to breathe some air away from the wars and killings,” Mona Jaleel, a government employee, told Arab News. “We are not familiar with these contests and I do not think that our nominee will reach the final stages, but I am so excited to see our girl there.”
Hadiya Enad, a teacher, said: “It’s good to revive such events in Iraq. I am proud to finally see Iraqis participating in this contest. We have such beautiful girls, so they have to participate in these events. I love watching them,” Enad said.
Others, however, were less impressed. “The contest does not mean anything,” Sharief Soud said.
And Saman Mohammed, 35, a cameraman, told Arab News: “I personally do not like such events and I would not cover it. I have spent all my life living under war and fighting, who cares about these events?”
The pageant takes place in Las Vegas on Nov. 26.


Beyonce takes the stage at Indian billionaire wedding

Updated 10 December 2018
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Beyonce takes the stage at Indian billionaire wedding

DUBAI: Beyonce took center stage Sunday night to perform at a private pre-wedding event in India. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, and Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, are tying the knot this Wednesday in Udaipur. The event, known as a sangeet, had Beyonce performing songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Perfect”.

The details of the event are being kept under wraps, but in a photo posted to Instagram, the songstress showed off her figure in a stunning red Indian-inspired dress, embellished all over with gold studs, that featured a plunging neckline and a high slit on the side. She polished off the look with traditional Indian jewelry and an ornate golden headpiece.

She also shared a short video of her performance, featuring a gold-fringed leotard and thigh-high gold boots. Both looks are courtesy of Indian fashion designer Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.