Saudi designer dresses Snoop Dogg for Dubai performance

Updated 10 January 2013
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Saudi designer dresses Snoop Dogg for Dubai performance

American rapper Snoop Dogg recently performed at the Dubai Meydan Racecourse on New Year’s Eve wearing a stylish thobe by Saudi fashion designer Hatem Al-Akeel.

This was the second appearance of the rapper in the UAE after his concert in Abu Dhabi in May 2011 where he surprised everyone by wearing a traditional Emirati Kandoura.

It all happened when Al-Akeel collaborated with famous stylist Darek Khan and showcased his latest collection. “The stylist chose the tuxedo thobe and if you look at the performance you will see that Snoop Dogg wore the thobe throughout the performance,” said Al-Akeel. “In addition to that, all other performers who were with him on stage wore my Toby Peace bracelet. He wanted to make sure that they spread the message of peace in the Middle East, which is what the bracelet is all about,” he added.
According to Al-Akeel, Snoop has a large Muslim fanbase and he recognizes that. “This is not just about religion or politics, it’s about fashion which is a universal language through which people can express their individuality,” he said. “The cool thing about Snoop Dogg is that he showed respect to the Middle Eastern culture and tradition and has at times opened people’s minds towards Islam as well,” he added.

 


Gigi Hadid celebrates birthday with a funny tweet

Updated 23 April 2018
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Gigi Hadid celebrates birthday with a funny tweet

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday, a few days after she marked the birthday of a close friend in New York.
Hadid spent time in the Big Apple and stepped out to celebrate the 35th birthday of American reality TV star Tan France at his home in the city earlier this week.
A day before her birthday on April 23, Hadid took to Instagram to ask her fans to mark Earth Day, which lands on April 22.

She posted a photo of a forest with a caption that read: “I’m still just a (little) Taurus girl who finds so much happiness, contentment and inspiration when I take a minute in nature and look around.

“May we celebrate Mother Earth every day for all she gives and teaches us!”

In honor of her impending birthday, the fashion star took to Twitter on Sunday night to share a humorous message with her nine million followers.

“As we close in on midnight, I would like to share that my final meal as a 22-year-old will officially be Cocoa Krispies. Thank you for your attention.”


She has every reason to celebrate this year, as the star has been riding a wave of success that would make even the most experienced models nod their heads in approval.

A few days before her birthday, she unveiled her Vogue Japan cover — the latest in a clutch of coveted magazine covers that the young beauty has managed to nab.

“So happy and excited to share my @voguejapan June cover story!” she captioned one of the snaps on Instagram.

The cover image features Hadid wearing a high-collared leather jacket and sporting slicked-back hair, a bold red lip and minimal additional make-up.

For the inside pages, the model posed wearing various masculine, edgy outfits in a series of black-and-white shots. In one particular photo that oozed cool factor, Hadid was snapped wearing a leather jacket-and-trousers combination with a broad tie that would not look out of place in a 1980’s film about the perils of Wall Street — or on Donald Trump circa 2018.

Besides her fashion credentials, the model, who recently spit from singer Zayn Malik, is fast becoming known for her social media clap backs.

She made international headlines in February by discussing her weight loss and said it was the result of learning to manage her Hashimoto’s Disease, not because of an eating disorder or drug use.

The model sent out a series of tweets stating that she would no longer respond to comments on her appearance.

“I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone with a body type that doesn’t suit (your) ‘beauty’ expectation shouldn’t have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing. Stop putting me in that box just because you don’t understand the way my body has matured,” she said on Twitter.