Rihanna heads to the UAE for a beauty masterclass

Singer, businesswoman Rihanna will visit Dubai to host her first ever Fenty Beauty Artistry & Beauty Talk on Sept. 29
Updated 05 September 2018
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Rihanna heads to the UAE for a beauty masterclass

  • Rihanna will be in the UAE for first Fenty Beauty Artistry & Beauty Talk make up class in Dubai
  • Venue is yet to be confirmed, but tickets are available starting Sept. 10

DUBAI: Barbadian pop legend Rihanna is asking for just two hours of your time to teach you how to do your make-up — Fenty style.

As the founder of Fenty Beauty, named by Time magazine as the Best Innovation of 2017, the 30-year-old singer and businesswoman heads to the UAE on Sept. 29 for her first masterclass in makeup, billed at $1,497 per session.

The venue for the one-day event has yet to be finalized, with tickets available for purchase from 2 p.m. on Thursday.

This is not Rihanna’s first venture into the Middle East — Fenty Beauty flooded Saudi Arabia with its products in April this year. 

In the UAE, the event has been co-sponsored by Sephora. Proceeds from the event will go to Dubai Cares, a charitable organization that works with UN aid agencies and international NGOs in an effort to improve children’s access to education in developing countries.

For her part, uses the proceeds from Fenty Beauty beauty line towards charitable causes that benefit underprivileged girls across the world, especially in Africa and the Caribbean.

The star’s announcement comes fresh off the back of recent controversy surrounding her new eyeshadow palette “Moroccan Spice.”

In July, detractors accused her of cultural appropriation over a collection of 16 eyeshadow shades with names such as “Fez up,” “Desert baked” and “Shisha smoke.”

The palette’s desert-themed video featured models posing next to a camel with Arab-influenced music playing in the background.

However, some social media commenters slammed the campaign for not using Moroccan models. “Moroccan Spice with no Moroccan models to represent it. If Rihanna was white, her brand would be tarnished from the backlash she’d receive for this Orientalist nonsense,” a twitter user had said at the time.

Others took umbrage to the fact that the video was shot in the US, instead of Morocco.

Talking about the inclusive nature of her beauty products Rihanna had said that “Fenty Beauty was created for women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures and race.

“I wanted everyone to feel included, that’s the real reason I made this line,” the singer, with a supposed net worth of $245 million, said. 

The artist’s association with Saudi Arabia is not limited to her makeup line. She is reportedly dating billionaire Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. The pair have yet to confirm their alleged romance, however.


What We Are Reading Today: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman

Updated 21 April 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman

In Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe, Sheri Berman traces the long history of democracy in its cradle, Europe. 

In her study of European political development over more than 200 years, Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard, shows that the story of democracy in Europe is complicated. 

“The ultimate goal, she believes, is liberal democracy, with elections, respect for the rule of law, individual liberties and minority rights. But that is a rare, and hard-won, achievement. A step forward is often followed by a step back,”  said Max Strasser in a review published in The New York Times.

“This may seem a bit obvious to anyone familiar with the broad outlines of European history, but Berman makes the case clearly and convincingly. Moreover, at a moment when hyperventilating over the decline of democracy has grown into a veritable intellectual industry, her long-view approach comes across as appealingly sober,” Strasser added.