African fashion on display at early ‘Black Panther’ shows

This image released by Disney shows Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from Marvel Studios' Black Panther. (AP)
Updated 16 February 2018
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African fashion on display at early ‘Black Panther’ shows

“Black Panther” is inspiring moviegoers to dress up for the superhero film, but it’s not the typical costume play.
Fans donned bright dresses, head scarves, tribal shirts and traditional African garb for the first showings Thursday of Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster.
At a theater in New York’s Times Square, Miquain Gainey wore a Basotho blanket that is used by a South African tribe for his first viewing of the film. He says he wanted not only to have something that reflected the film’s fashion, but also keep him warm.
In Nashville, some parents brought their children with their entire families decked out in traditional African attire.
Tattoo artist Elisheba Marozik says fans are excited because the film shows a vision of Africa that is rarely seen in cinemas.


The Six: Arab beauty queens show off national costumes at the Miss Universe show

Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, on stage at the 2018 Miss Universe contest. (AFP)
Updated 13 December 2018
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The Six: Arab beauty queens show off national costumes at the Miss Universe show

DUBAI: On Monday night, the only two Miss Universe contestants from the Middle East took to the stage in Thailand to take part in the national costume show, where contestants pay sartorial tribute to their homeland. We take a look at six beauty queens from Lebanon and Egypt who have represented their country throughout the years.

Nariman Khaled
Miss Egypt walked the stage at the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Thailand’s Chonburi province wearing a stunning gold-and-turquoise ensemble.

Maya Reaidy
Miss Lebanon 2018 chose to represent her homeland by paying tribute to the cedar tree — traditionally associated with the Levantine country.

Lara Debbane
Miss Egypt took part in the national costume show wearing an elaborate turquoise-and-silver headpiece at the 63rd Miss Universe pageant in Miami in 2015.

Saly Greige
In 2015, Miss Lebanon wowed crowds in Miami wearing a hot pink kaftan with embroidery on the neckline.

Donia Hamed
Miss Egypt 2010 posed with a scepter in hand at that year’s Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas.

Nadine Njeim
Miss Lebanon 2005 also paid tribute to the cedar tree at that year’s competition in Bangkok. She took to the stage in a floaty gold bodysuit with sequin embellishments and a tree-shaped headpiece.