Supermodel Joan Smalls shows off Abu Dhabi’s natural wonders

Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls visited Abu Dhabi. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 31 October 2018

Supermodel Joan Smalls shows off Abu Dhabi’s natural wonders

DUBAI: Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls is in Abu Dhabi and by the looks of her Instagram account, she’s having a blast.
The Victoria’s Secret model is in town for Etihad Airways’ 15th birthday, which they celebrated with a fashion collaboration with Diane Von Furstenberg that was presented at the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Smalls took a trip to the desert and even posed with a camel in a series of photographs posted on Instagram.
“When the lash envy is real,” she captioned a snap in which she is standing next to a camel with luscious eyelashes.
The model also paid a visit to the Abu Dhabi Fossil Dunes, an area that boasts imposing fossilized sand dunes, and posed amid the awe-inspiring geological formations.

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“Don’t mind me, I’m just rocking out,” she captioned one of the photos. “Nature truly amazes me,” she labelled another.
Smalls was catapulted to stardom in 2010 when the model walked in the Spring /Summer 2010 show for Givenchy Couture. Since then, she has walked for an array of high-end labels, including Alexander Wang, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Emilio Pucci and Fendi. She has also fronted advertising campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Giambattista Valli and Tiffany’s and was named as the face of Estée Lauder cosmetics in 2011.
Smalls isn’t the only model that Etihad Airways has worked with in recent weeks.
Victoria’s Secret beauty Shanina Shaik, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, also starred in a video for the Abu Dhabi-based airline, which she shared on her Instagram page earlier in October.
In the clip, she boards a flight to Paris and waxes lyrical about the service and food, adding that she “really enjoyed the Arabic mezze plate and being served my favorite Arabic coffee and dates.”
“Thank you @etihadairways for the amazing trip to Paris! I arrived fresh and relaxed!! Being a model I’m always in and out of a city and never able to see the sights. #etihadairways created an amazing trip that allowed me to discover all of Paris,” she captioned the video, in which she wanders the streets of Paris after the flight.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”