Joelle hits Riyadh to launch new beauty clinic

Joelle Mardinian (Image credit: Ana Szabo/WhiteChateaux)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Joelle hits Riyadh to launch new beauty clinic

DUBAI: Lebanese beauty mogul Joelle Mardinian opened a new branch of Clinica Joelle — her chain of cosmetic clinics — in Riyadh on Sunday. On Instagram, Mardinian described the opening as “a special night.”
Aside from her wide-ranging beauty business, which has branches throughout the Arab world and beyond, Mardinian is a veteran TV presenter and one of the region’s most-popular social-media influencers, with over 7 million Instagram followers.
The 42-year-old began her career as a make-up artist and moved to Dubai from London in 2004. She quickly landed her own beauty show, “Joelle,” on MBC and in 2008 she launched her chain of salons, Maison de Joelle. In 2010, she was appointed regional creative director of cosmetics giant Max Factor.
Speaking to Arab News about that partnership in 2016, Mardinian said: “I love Max Factor and I have a lot of passion for the brand. It is 100 years old, so the history makes me even more overwhelmed… It is an honor for me to represent Arab women and to introduce new trends using their new products.”
Mardinian is already renowned for her willingness to talk openly about herself — particularly when it comes to cosmetic treatments — but this year, fans will apparently have even greater access to her life when she launches her new ‘Kardashians’-style reality show in which a camera crew follows her around 24/7.
“I have always been so transparent all of my life so I want the cameras to see things they haven’t seen yet,” she told UAE daily Gulf News in November. “I want viewers to see the real me, so they will see everything.”


A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, ‘We want beards’

Updated 20 July 2018
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A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, ‘We want beards’

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards.
The Navy said last week that servicewomen could sport ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, and wider hair buns, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down.
Servicemen immediately chimed in on social media, asking the Navy if they could grow beards. A sailor’s Facebook post with a #WeWantBeards hashtag was shared thousands of times.
Beards were banned in 1984. The Navy wanted professional-looking sailors who could wear firefighting masks and breathing apparatuses without interference.
The Navy says that’s still the case. Still, some hope the change in female grooming standards opens the door.
Travis Rader, a 29-year-old naval physical security officer, said allowing beards would boost morale for men, just like allowing ponytails and locks has for women. There are two things that would make many Navy men happy: beards and better boots, he added.
Rader had a 6-inch-long beard when he joined the Navy after high school.
“You take something away from somebody, and they want it more,” said Rader, a master-at-arms assigned to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
The Navy announced it was adding grooming options for women during a Facebook Live event. Many black women had asked the Navy to be more inclusive of different hair textures. The Navy had the standards in place because of safety concerns and to ensure everyone maintained a uniform, professional look.
Rader was one of several sailors who wrote in the comments section of the Facebook Live event to press for beards. Bill Williams, a 20-year-old naval information systems technician, commented too, asking why sailors can’t have beards if bearded civilian firefighters wear masks.
Williams said he thinks a nice, well-groomed beard looks very professional.
“It’d be great because I know that when I shave for multiple days in a row, it starts to really hurt,” said Williams, who works at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Hampton Roads in Virginia.
Sailors can get permission to grow a beard for religious reasons or if they have a skin condition that’s irritated by shaving. Mustaches are allowed as long as they are trimmed and neat.
“Handlebar mustaches, goatees, beards or eccentricities are not permitted,” the policy states. The Navy isn’t currently considering changing that.
Safety continues to be the primary concern, said Lt. J.G. Stuart Phillips, a spokesman for the chief of naval personnel. He referenced a 2016 study by the Naval Safety Center, which concluded that facial hair affects the proper fit and performance of respirators.