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.


Film fans get cutting-edge view of Middle East life at Arab movie fest in Michigan

Tunisian movie ‘Weldi’ was shown at the film festival. Supplied
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Film fans get cutting-edge view of Middle East life at Arab movie fest in Michigan

MICHIGAN: Movie fans were given a cutting-edge view of life in the Middle East at the 14th annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) in the US.

Held in Detroit, the event introduced a series of films, movie shorts and documentaries focusing on marginalized voices in communities, including gender, identity, social justice, activism and community building.

Showcasing movies from Arab countries in North Africa and the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, the festival ran for nine days, from June 7 to 16, and featured Michigan premieres and prizewinners from several film festivals, including Sundance and Cannes.

This year’s festival offered more than 15 premieres, four programs of short films, free workshops, an opening reception and a curated selection of the best Arab and Arab-American films of various genres.

Movies spanned various subjects, including stories about a Tunisian son running away from his parents, a man in an Israeli prison who must deal with his ordeal, and a 17-year old Arab and Muslim girl in Arkansas who deals with being an outsider.

The AFF showed a block of seven shorts from the Arab World, including the comedy “Dunya’s Day,” which is a 2018 Saudi movie about Dunya who, on the day of her college soiree, is abandoned by her domestic help but must still throw the perfect party.

Rita Khalifah, from the US city of Melvindale, attended the festival and saw the block of Arab World shorts. She feels that the festival was important for “everyone, not just metro-Detroit,” and gave “a different outlook and perspective on what’s really happening” and “a more personal understanding of people as individuals and what they are going through. I look forward to (the festival) every year and enjoying the creative side of it all.”

The festival ended by showcasing seven shorts that involved Arab-American producers, directors, and/or actors. The films portrayed a broad array of images and messages and were specially selected for screening as they were unlikely to be seen in larger or commercial theaters.

“Generation One” told the tale of Arab-Americans attempting to gain independence while living in the heavily Arab and Muslim community of Bridgeview, Illinois.

 “Yallah Habibi” seemed like an Arab version of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” telling a humorous story of an Arab-American family which owned a restaurant specializing in falafel.

One of the most moving shorts was “Bodega,” which centered on a lovable Arab- and Muslim-American grocery store owner whose daughter was getting married.

All AFF films were subtitled in English and screened in three venues: the Aliya Hassan Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum, in Dearborn; the Michigan Theater, in Ann Arbor; and the State Theater, also Ann Arbor.

Throughout the film festival, the art and paintings of Mayssa Fakih, a local teenage artist whose works touch on some of the topics, were on display for attendees.