Saudi social media influencers shine at Cosmopolitan Middle East awards

Saudi-Lebanese social media star Alanoud Badr won big on the night. (Photo courtesy: Instagram)
Updated 09 May 2018

Saudi social media influencers shine at Cosmopolitan Middle East awards

CAIRO: Saudi social media stars dazzled at the very first Cosmopolitan Middle East Influencer Awards in Dubai, which celebrated the region’s most popular influencers.

Two Saudi social media stars were awarded at the event which took place on Monday night.

The awards recognized the Middle East’s best influencers, bloggers, vloggers and entrepreneurs, based on votes by 150,000 readers from the region.

Among the winners was Saudi-Lebanese social media star Alanoud Badr, aka Lady Fozaza, who won in the Best Fashion Influencer category. The well-heeled star has more than 600,000 followers across various social media platforms and inspires her audiences with her curated styles and self-designed clothing line.

Saudi Arabia-based influencer Yousef Sudais (@jo0sef) won the Best Travel Influencer award. He is a daring globe-trotter who travels the world entertaining his followers.

The awards also shortlisted Dubai-based fashion enthusiast and trend-setter Dana Hourani, along with Kuwaiti Fouz Al-Fahad, a beauty lover who regularly treats her followers to make-up tutorials.

Kuwaiti make-up artist and Instagram sensation Sondos Alqattan, who has grown to become one of the most regional hijab-wearing influencers, was also shortlisted for an award.

Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

Updated 21 October 2018

Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

DUBAI: US-Palestinian celebrity model Gigi Hadid is hitting back at a paparazzo who she says threatened her with legal action over a photo she posted on Instagram.

The model took to the social media platform over the weekend to reveal that she is being “legally pursued” for reposting a street style photo taken by a paparazzo, a snap which she has since removed from her social media feed.

“The photo is by a paparazzi and is of me on the street outside an event last week,” the 23-year-old told her 43.8 million followers. “I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job,” Hadid wrote.
“These people make money off us every day, legally stalking us day in, day out,” she continued.
“It is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people, days I (and countless others) have stayed inside because I don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible,” the model added.

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Hadid went on to reveal the dangerous position some paparazzi put celebrities in on a daily basis.
“They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough,” she wrote.
In the post, Hadid wrote that she found the uncredited image on Twitter and reposted in on Instagram, adding that she “had no way of knowing which of the 15+ photographers outside that day took these exact photos.
“If the person had just commented on my photo I would have been happy to tag and give you credit,” she added.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
Hadid’s statement garnered support from celebrities and models alike, with reality star Khloe Kardashian sharing her own experience in the comments section.

“I was sued for hundreds of thousands for posting a picture of myself. I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us and they are allowed to sue us for posting our own photo,” she wrote.

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowksi Candice Swanepoel and Olivia Culpo also left messages of support on the Instagram post, which had more than one million likes as of Sunday afternoon.