Vanessa Hudgens steps out in UAE label

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


‘I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch,’ Gigi Hadid says

Updated 18 November 2018
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‘I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch,’ Gigi Hadid says

DUBAI: Model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid took to the stage at an event in Sydney last week to defend her heritage and express her “respect” for her Arab roots.
The 23-year-old model, whose father is Palestinian and mother is Dutch, made the fiery statement during a promotional appearance for Reebok’s “Be More Human” campaign.
“When I shot the cover of Vogue Arabia, I wasn’t ‘Arab enough’ to be representing those girls, even though I’m half-Palestinian,” Hadid told the crowd of her March 2017 cover for the magazine, according to Yahoo. “I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch. Just because I have blonde hair, I still carry the value of my ancestors and I appreciate and respect that.”

The model also touched on her much-reported-on relationship with British singer Zayn Malik, saying the pair had discussed her background in the past.
“I was taking about this to my boyfriend too, he is half-Pakistani and half-English,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “And there’s always this thing where you’re mixed race or you come from two different worlds. You see how both sides treat each other. And you become a bridge between both sides.”
Gigi isn’t the only Hadid sibling to talk publicly about the family’s roots.
In April 2017, her sister Bella opened up about their Palestinian father’s immigration experience and her embrace of Islam in an interview with Porter magazine.
The siblings’ father, Mohamed Hadid, lived in Syria and Lebanon before he moved to the US in his teens.
“My dad was a refugee when he first came to America,” Bella said in the interview.
“He was always religious and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim,” she added.
In her latest appearance in Sydney, older sister Gigi also touched on the pressures of the competitive fashion industry.
“Regardless of who you are, or what you do, you always are allowed to give yourself room to screw up and learn and grow,” she said. “I’m a human and someone that can make mistakes,” she said. “But I can still learn and grow and be better.”