How a raunchy model became a last-minute challenger for the Lebanese presidency

Myriam Klink
Updated 01 November 2016

How a raunchy model became a last-minute challenger for the Lebanese presidency

Of all his political contenders, perhaps the last thing Lebanese President Michel Aoun expected was that he would be challenged — at what political commentators are referring to as a coronation rather than a parliamentary election session — by none other than Lebanese model-turned-singer Myriam Klink. 
Klink, who is equally known for her semi-naked photo-shoots as well as her controversial political statements, actually received a presidential vote during the first round of Monday’s Parliament session, in which General Aoun failed to win before finally securing enough votes later on to be named president. 
However, Klink’s nomination was voided by speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri who reminded observers that the vote was invalid given that she is of Greek Orthodox faith, while the president of Lebanon — as per the Taif Accord — must be a Maronite. 
Whilst the vote was not serious, and was most likely meant as an act of objection or a just as a joke, it still generated headlines instantly in Lebanon and quickly became the most trending topic among social media users.
Many were wild-guessing who was the MP who voted for Klink; others cracked jokes that whoever the MP was, he will definitely be rewarded generously by the raunchy blonde bombshell. 
Klink is no stranger to politics; in 2014 she has made headlines by visiting Syrian regime President Bashar Assad who she declared she is a fan of. However, she didn’t reveal the nature of the audience she was granted with Assad.
Apologizing to her fans at the time, she said she could not disclose the details of “important matters, especially politicals! [sic].”
She has also posed naked behind the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran to show support to their football team and also had an unsuccessful bid to run as a Greek Orthodox MP.


Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

Updated 04 June 2020

Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

  • US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic
  • Elective medical procedures resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery

MIAMI: Quarantined Florida residents worried about their laughter lines and crows’ feet need frown no longer — Botox is back, and it’s being offered at a drive-through.
On May 4, the US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic. That means certain elective medical procedures could resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery.
Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Miami’ who has also starred in a reality television show, has been conducting drive-through Botox injections in the garage of his building in the posh Miami neighborhood of Bal Harbor.
Salzhauer said the idea struck him as he was sitting in his car waiting for a blood test for COVID-19 antibodies.
“The areas that we inject Botox are the upper face, exactly the parts of the face that aren’t covered by the mask so it’s really ideal,” Salzhauer said, while wearing a mask, face shield and surgical gown as he waited for his next drive-up patient.
Patients sign up online, paying an average of $600 each for a stippling of shots across their foreheads.
Arman Ohevshalom, 36, was enthusiastic as he waited in line with his wife in their car, although it was their first time receiving the injections.
“It’s very creative, and after seeing how they’re running it I feel just as comfortable as I would in the office,” he said.
Florida’s tattoo artists, however, are frustrated. Shuttered since March, they asking why they cannot open, too.
Botox injections are “kind of like tattooing, he’s injecting stuff into the skin,” said tattoo shop owner Chico Cortez. Florida is home to about 10,000 working tattoo artists, according to the Florida Professional Tattoo Artist Guild.
An emailed statement from a Miami-Dade County spokesperson said Mayor Carlos Gimenez has yet to set a date for reopening tattoo shops. “He is working with industry members and the medical experts to come up with the best way to reopen safely,” it said.