Anchors refuse to take heavy makeup criticism lightly

Updated 20 September 2014

Anchors refuse to take heavy makeup criticism lightly

Several Saudi female TV anchors have reacted angrily to a recent statement by a Shoura Council member in which she criticized the anchors as being too “extravagant and wearing too much makeup.”
They said Nora Al-Adwan’s criticism is unacceptable and degrades the work these women are doing for their country. “Those who criticize Saudi media only want to put down the accomplishments of Saudi women and destroy the image of our country,” said presenter Afaf Al-Mohsin in response to the remarks.
“Saudi women are not the only ones who are done up on television; presentation is important in this line of work,” she added.
She said female Saudi presenters are well spoken, presentable and respectful and should not only be judged by their appearance.
She added that the colorful, yet modest, jilbabs and abayas worn by them are no different from others as long as they both cover the body and are conservative.
Afrah Jaafar, also a presenter, agreed, arguing that “all the clothing choices made by female Saudi presenters are very modest, since Saudi television represents the country as an Islamic state and so they are keen not to cross any red lines.”
Presenter Arafat Al-Majid said she is in favor of setting uniform standards, such as the abaya, for Saudi presenters, because varied outfits may create jealousy and problems between presenters.
“I agree that some presenters go overboard with the makeup, but there are many others who do not,” she said. “Makeup is required for the camera and lighting.”
She added: “I am not in favor of generalizing, as the Shoura Council member did. This simply not true and exaggeration is unacceptable.”


Jennifer Lopez stuns in wedding gown by Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez is currently filming her latest movie, “Marry Me.” (File/Getty Images)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jennifer Lopez stuns in wedding gown by Zuhair Murad

DUBAI: US superstar Jennifer Lopez was spotted on the streets of New York Friday wearing a larger than life wedding dress by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad.

She wasn’t tying the knot with fiancé Alex Rodriguez, however, and was instead on the set of her latest film, “Marry Me.”

Lopez stars alongside Owen Wilson and Sara Silverman in the upcoming flick and was seen striding across a New York street wearing an embellished wedding dress by none other than Murad.

Lopez was spotted wearing a bejeweled wedding dress by Zuhair Murad on a film set. (Getty Images)

The nude-colored gown featured a head-turning tulle skirt with a long train, which Lopez balanced out with a jewel-encrusted veil.

Earlier this year, Lopez revealed Murad is in fact one of her favorite designers — perhaps explaining why she often chooses his gowns for red carpet events, magazine shoots and, now, film shoots.

Just before she brought her “It’s My Party World Tour” to Egypt on Aug. 9, she sat down for an interview with event organizer Venture Lifestyle, in which she revealed that Lebanese designer Murad is one of her go-to fashion icons.

 “I love Zuhair, he’s probably my favorite,” Lopez said in the interview, before going on to shed light on the moment she discovered the Lebanese talent.

“I discovered him years ago when I was doing a show somewhere. I was doing a show and I was so jetlagged and I was up in the middle of the night watching Fashion TV, which they had in this country I was in, and he had this beautiful show and I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’”

Lopez went on to explain the hurdles she faced when trying to get in touch with Murad, who doesn’t seem to have been a household name at the time.

The nude-colored gown featured a head-turning tulle skirt . (Getty Images)

“I came back (to the US) and I said, ‘Do you guys know Zuhair Murad?’ and nobody knew who he was, none of the stylists, nobody in the United States knew who he was. I was like, ‘You have to get me this dress for the Met Ball,” she said, referring to the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York and one of the fashion world’s most eagerly anticipated events.  

“I wore his dress to the Met Ball and after that, I just started using him for everything — he designed my last tour — we just have a great relationship. He’s a beautiful man, a beautiful designer,” Lopez added.