Former Lebanese glamor model-turned-sports pundit Mia Khalifa loves Lebanon, but does it love her back?

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Updated 23 November 2017
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Former Lebanese glamor model-turned-sports pundit Mia Khalifa loves Lebanon, but does it love her back?

DUBAI: A Lebanese-American former glamor model has caused a social media stir after she posted a message on Twitter that proclaimed her love for Lebanon, but added that she did not believe her feelings were reciprocated.
In a celebration of Lebanon’s Independence Day, Mia Khalifa tweeted: “Happy Independence Day to the country I love, but doesn’t really love me back.”
Boasting a staggering 2.02 million followers on her Twitter account, it was inevitable that such a comment would likely draw at least a few responses.
And it was somewhat of a mixed bag in terms of the nature of the views. Some were reassuring, telling her she was much preferred to the people running the country.
“definitely more than our politicians who brought nothing but shame and corruption to the country,” @G_azzi tweeted.


And @leithfadel wrote: “Lebanon loves you more than Hariri.”


There was the suggestion that maybe she was wrong. @sparty_vz suggested: “i am sure they love you, but just are playing hard to get.”


Meanwhile @MoeAlayan showed he was a man of few words, simply responding: “Queen of Lebanon.”


But @SalamElDibs wanted to test Khalifa’s claim of love for the Middle East nation, asking: “Did u register yourself for the elections?”


Meanwhile @jpkintana wanted to show Khalifa that there was a hard truth in life: “Sometimes love is not a two way street.”


And some suggested that maybe she should step up and make things better for the troubled country: “mia khalifa for president,” wrote @WissamKoleilat.


And that was not the only call for her to run for office: “Believe me, if you’d run for president, I’d vote for you,” @Alxhabr tweeted.


There were more reassuring messages of affection from the likes of @AhmadHuda11: “no we do love you backk habibty.”


And if all else failed, there is always Mexico where @jaarteag tweeted: “Mmmm...in Mexico, you are welcome.!!!!”


Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 22 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.