Maya Ahmad: Sleepless in Sri Lanka

Maya Ahmad
Updated 20 March 2018
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Maya Ahmad: Sleepless in Sri Lanka

DUBAI: Lebanese makeup artist and vlogger Maya Ahmad has been soaking up the sun on vacation in Sri Lanka. “I do not want to leave this place,” Ahmad wrote on Instagram on Monday. “Most amazing vacation and the weather was PERFECT!” She waxed lyrical about the view of coconut trees and the ocean from her room at Shangri La’s Hambantota Resort on Sri Lanka’s south coast: “Waking up to this is priceless!” she wrote.
A post from her last night in the resort, however, suggested waking up might have been tough on her final morning. “I can’t sleep, so here is another photo from today,” she wrote, posting an image of herself in a flowing white blouse-skirt combo from Missguided, the UK fashion label founded by Anglo-Indian designer Nitin Passi and favored by celebs including singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Ahmad might have been on vacation, but she still found time to put together her latest video tutorial — on makeup that survives humidity — for her 1 million Instagram followers.
Ahmad has become a major social-media influencer in the Arab world, with over 500,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel. Late last year, she was featured alongside fellow Dubai-based Instagrammer Hadia Ghaleb in an episode of E!’s three-part reality show “My Fabulous M.E.” The show focused on six of the Middle East’s most popular fashion influencers, including Kuwaiti stars Fatima Almomen and Dana Al-Tuwarish, and Lebanese bloggers Nour Arida and Lana El-Sahely.
Ahmad also used her Sri Lanka trip to catch up on some reading, it seems. Her post of “some must-have vacation items” included a copy of “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,” Robin Sharma’s self-help bestseller and aspirational-quote-poster filler.


Melania Trump sparkles in the spotlight

The first lady appeared in a Chanel gown. (AFP)
Updated 25 April 2018
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Melania Trump sparkles in the spotlight

  • The First Lady wore Chanel, while Mrs. Macron wore Louis Vuitton
  • Melania Trump seemed to be making a statement stressing her personal involvement in picking the menu and gold-trimmed table settings

WASHINGTON: There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.

The first lady appeared in a Chanel gown to greet President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, as they arrived for the first state dinner of Trump’s administration.

It was a big moment in fashion — and public life — for the former model, who has kept a relatively low profile since Trump took office.

With the opulent affair, Mrs. Trump seemed to be aiming to make a statement, stressing her personal involvement in picking the menu and gold-trimmed table settings. In a nod to France, she wore a black Chantilly lace Chanel haute couture gown, hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystal and sequins, according to her spokeswoman. Her French counterpart wore Louis Vuitton.