Lebanese beauty star Maya Ahmad does Coachella in style

Maya Ahmad is a make-up artist and beauty blogger. (AFP)
Updated 17 April 2018
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Lebanese beauty star Maya Ahmad does Coachella in style

DUBAI: Lebanese make-up artist and beauty blogger Maya Ahmad is soaking up the sun at US music festival Coachella this week — and giving us serious holiday goals while she’s at it.

The social media star, who has more than one million followers on her Instagram account @themayaahmad, posted a snap of herself at the hugely famous California-based festival wearing distressed denim shorts and a fringed jacket over a cropped black halter neck top.

Ahmad captioned the photograph, “Day 2. Still not over Beyoncé.”

Beyoncé returned spectacularly to the stage Saturday with a joyous, homecoming-themed party at the Coachella festival where she delighted fans with a rare reunion of her former trio, Destiny’s Child, AFP reported.
Before a sea of some 100,000 people in the southern California desert, the pop superstar headlined the second night of the premier global music festival, ending a year-long hiatus from live music as she gave birth to twins.
Beyoncé showed no sign of slowing down after her maternity leave, singing and strutting her stuff for two hours as she led around 100 back-up dancers and musicians.
Her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, popped up on stage toward the end of her set to join in their song “Deja Vu.” But he turned out to be only a preview of a less routine guest appearance.
With an audio recording of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay “We Should All Be Feminists” allowing Beyoncé a moment to prepare, she re-emerged on stage with the unmistakable silhouette of three figures.
Fellow Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyoncé for three of the trio’s songs, including “Say My Name.”
It was their first reunion since Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2013. The group propelled Beyoncé to stardom but was also beset by internal friction.
On Saturday, Beyoncé referred to her bandmates as her “sisters” — and was also joined on stage by her real sister, Solange Knowles.
Beyoncé made clear from the start that Coachella was about reuniting, with an announcer starting the show by welcoming guests to her “homecoming.”
A school’s worth of brass and string players played from stadium-style stands as Beyoncé entered to a New Orleans-style march. She sported an all-American outfit of tight jean shorts and a collegiate sweatshirt — the Greek letters, of course, starting with “B.”
The superstar is set to return to the stage this coming weekend as the Coachella festival returns with an identical line-up.
Cardi B is also set to return to the stage after a triumphant first performance on Saturday. She was one of the most avidly awaited performers at Coachella, not only because she is rising quickly in hip-hop but because the 25-year-old — engaged to fellow rapper Offset of Migos — recently revealed that she is pregnant.
Despite her visible baby bump, Cardi B briefly squatted to twerk to the beat, comfortably getting back up to finish her dance moves.
The Bronx native has quickly found stardom with unsentimental rhymes about her rough life, AFP noted.
After the hard edges of her breakthrough song “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B has shown greater musical versatility. Her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” brought in energetic, street festival-style horns on the track “I Like It,” which she performed live at Coachella.
Cardi B has demonstrated striking candor about the finances of playing Coachella — arguably the most watched festival in the world, especially this year with Glastonbury in Britain on a scheduled break.
She told satellite radio SiriusXM that she spent $300,000 of her own money to develop a worthy set for Coachella, where she will earn only $140,000.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.