Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach set for Dubai visit

Pia Wurtzbach is gearing up to visit Dubai. (@piawurtzbach)
Updated 11 March 2018
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Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach set for Dubai visit

DUBAI: Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, is gearing up to visit Dubai on March 14, she announced on her Instagram page recently.
The beauty queen, who is the third Filipino to win the Miss Universe crown, said she would be visiting The Dubai Mall and meet with fans.
“See you for a meet-and-greet with the Filipino community. Beyond excited,” the 28-year-old who last visited the city in 2016 said on her Instagram page.
“I will be visiting Dubai next week! See you in The Dubai Mall, The Watch House, on March 14 from 6pm till 8pm,” she added.
Wurtzbach became an Internet sensation back in 2015 when she was part of the snafu by contest host Steve Harvey who wrongly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the Miss Universe crown, before he backtracked and triggered a series of hilarious reactions online.
She is known for her humanitarian work and has, in the past, visited wounded soldiers in the Philippines. She is also a UNAIDS goodwill ambassador for Asia and the Pacific.
Wurtzbach is also starring in a Filipino movie alongside actor Gerald Anderson.
The romantic comedy, titled “My Perfect You,” will be helmed by director Cathy Garcia-Molina.
“This is another dream come true for me,” Wurtzbach posted on Instagram about the movie, which is set to be released in the country on March 14.


Destiny’s designers: Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé don Arab gowns at charity event

Kelly Rowland wearing Yousef Al-Jasmi. (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2018
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Destiny’s designers: Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé don Arab gowns at charity event

DUBAI: Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé both chose Middle East-based designers for their trip down the red carpet at a charity event last week.

The superstars attended the City of Hope Gala in Santa Monica, California, wearing floor-length gowns by designers from Kuwait and Lebanon.

For her part, Rowland chose a glittering, rose gold gown by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi, with a high collar and slit at the back. She accented the figure-hugging dress with a pair of dazzling earrings and slicked-back hair.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé chose a black velvet jacket by Lebanese label Elie Saab. The belted piece featured embellishments on the shoulder and a plunging neckline and is from the label’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

Beyoncé paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research, The Associated Press reported.

The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million.

“Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart,” Beyoncé said Platt, who will soon be leaving his position at Warner/Chappell to take on the top role at Sony/ATV, the top publishing company in the music business.

“You have touched so many lives, mine included,” she added.

Jay Z called Platt the “Obama of the music industry.” The music executive is known for signing publishing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His roster of songwriters at Warner/Chappell includes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Timbaland.

Both Beyoncé and Jay Z appeared at the black-tie charity event after the couple wrapped up their On The Run II tour about a week ago.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than my brother, Jon Platt,” Jay Z told more than 1,000 attendees. “He’s known as ‘Big Jon’ and he has a beautiful soul.”

City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases as the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $118 million in 45 years. The award is the group’s highest honor recognizing those that have helped further music, film and entertainment.

Previous Spirit of Life award recipients include Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Irving Azoff and Mo Ostin.

Music mogul Diddy, singer Usher, former NBA player Chauncey Billups and some of Platt’s family members took part in a video dedicated to the music executive. Platt’s oldest son, Jonathan Platt, was diagnosed with diabetes.