Vanessa Hudgens steps out in UAE label

Vanessa Hudgens rose to fame in the noughties. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 26 August 2018

Vanessa Hudgens steps out in UAE label

  • Vanessa Hudgens wore an ensemble by UAE-based designer Madiyah Al-Sharqi
  • Since founding the label in 2012, Al-Sharqi ‘s collections have received international acclaim

DUBAI: US singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens looked glamorous on set of the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” over the weekend in an ensemble by UAE-based designer Madiyah Al-Sharqi.
Based in the Emirate of Fujairah, which is relatively unknown on the fashion scene compared to its internationally acclaimed sister state of Dubai, the label is making headway on the Hollywood circuit and was even worn by Paris Jackson in June.
For her part, Hudgens looked stunning in a lamé corset with lace-up detailing on the back and a sweetheart neckline. Matching, wide-legged trousers completed the 70s-style look that came in a pretty mix of pastel shades, including lilac, peach, sunny yellow and silver.
“Last night’s look on @danceonfox,” Hudgens, who shot to fame after starring in the hugely popular series of High School Musical films during the noughties, posted on her Instagram account.
With her 29.3 million followers, it could be an advertising win for the Emirati designer’s homegrown brand.
Hudgens worked with celebrity stylist Natalie Saidi to achieve the shimmery look. With a client list that includes Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Roselyn Sanchez, Austin Butler, Kerris Dorsey and Carmen Electra, the LA native is a much-sought-after fashion guru in Hollywood and often chooses offbeat, unexpected designers to dress her A-list clients.
“I’m just as happy working with a sweater from H&M to a dynamic Dior gown,” she said on her website. “It’s all about what makes my clients look and feel their best!”
This particular outfit is from the Al-Sharqi’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which is available on e-tailers Ounass, By Symphony and the Madiyah Al-Sharqi website. For fans of the look, the corset is currently on sale on the brand’s website, having dropped from $366 to just $89.
Since founding the label in 2012, Al-Sharqi ‘s collections have received international acclaim and have been featured in the likes of Vogue Italia, Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Grazia.

MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Updated 20 September 2018

MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

  • Rawan Bin Hussain is one of the largest influencers in the region
  • Aside from launching a lipstick line, the Kuwaiti blogger studies law in London

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti influencer, who has 3 million Instagram followers, talks about studying law, learning to fly and why gender biases are ‘so 1800s’

Being a fashion blogger is not the opposite of being a lawyer – they don’t conflict. I didn’t leave law behind. I’m still studying it. I could have moved to Dubai and made millions a month like other bloggers, but I’m not. I’m living in London making nothing a month because education comes first for me.
To show that lawyers don’t only fight for justice in court, but also in real life by giving back to the community, I launched a law association in Kuwait for female law students, law graduates and lawyers. If you have knowledge in the field of law, I want your experience and we can work together to do charity work and attend workshops.
I’ve always loved traveling around the world, so why not have my own license and my own airplane jetting around the world?
I don’t mind taking risks because I think people who don’t take risks are cowards. Life is fun, life is full of experiences, full of lessons. If you don’t fail and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t achieve anything in life. It doesn’t come on a plate of gold. You have to work for it.

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A lot of people think that when you are a beauty icon, you are an empty head, empty-minded. We are not. A lot of bloggers are good mothers to their children, they are engineers, doctors, lawyers. They have a career, they just choose to do blogging, which is what they love, and I respect it because you should do what you love and love what you do.
We need to stop stereotyping, criticizing, judging based on the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she appeals to others. I cannot please everybody as, most of all, I need to please myself.
I regret being too transparent sometimes. I am too spontaneous. I say my opinion in a very casual way – maybe I don’t think about the circumstances or the consequences. But if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn a lesson.  
We shouldn’t look as men as competition or a dangerous threat. We can work together to make this world a better place.
As a woman, I want to say look at me, I’m here. I can be a lawyer, a pilot, a public figure, an entrepreneur. I am capable of doing so many things. Men need to see that and respect that and not underestimate us because we are females. Judgment based on gender is so 1800s.