Saudi social media influencers shine at Cosmopolitan Middle East awards

Saudi-Lebanese social media star Alanoud Badr won big on the night. (Photo courtesy: Instagram)
Updated 09 May 2018

Saudi social media influencers shine at Cosmopolitan Middle East awards

CAIRO: Saudi social media stars dazzled at the very first Cosmopolitan Middle East Influencer Awards in Dubai, which celebrated the region’s most popular influencers.

Two Saudi social media stars were awarded at the event which took place on Monday night.

The awards recognized the Middle East’s best influencers, bloggers, vloggers and entrepreneurs, based on votes by 150,000 readers from the region.

Among the winners was Saudi-Lebanese social media star Alanoud Badr, aka Lady Fozaza, who won in the Best Fashion Influencer category. The well-heeled star has more than 600,000 followers across various social media platforms and inspires her audiences with her curated styles and self-designed clothing line.

Saudi Arabia-based influencer Yousef Sudais (@jo0sef) won the Best Travel Influencer award. He is a daring globe-trotter who travels the world entertaining his followers.

The awards also shortlisted Dubai-based fashion enthusiast and trend-setter Dana Hourani, along with Kuwaiti Fouz Al-Fahad, a beauty lover who regularly treats her followers to make-up tutorials.

Kuwaiti make-up artist and Instagram sensation Sondos Alqattan, who has grown to become one of the most regional hijab-wearing influencers, was also shortlisted for an award.

Dubai-based label keeps ‘Frozen 2’ star warm in NYC

Kristen Bell is currently in the midst of a whirlwind promotion tour for her forthcoming film, ‘Frozen 2.’ Getty Images
Updated 13 November 2019

Dubai-based label keeps ‘Frozen 2’ star warm in NYC

  • On Tuesday, Kristen Bell was photographed wearing a bold jacket from Dubai-based label Bouguessa
  • The look was one of three chic outfits that the actress donned that day

DUBAI: Kristen Bell is currently in the midst of a whirlwind promotion tour for her forthcoming film, “Frozen 2,” and has been serving look after look while doing so.

On Tuesday, the US actress was all smiles while she was out and about in New York for her press rounds wearing not one, but three chic ensembles. Among them was a two-tone coat from Dubai-based Algerian designer Bouguessa. 

Bell began her jam-packed day with an appearance at “Good Morning America” and for the occasion wore a bold, half-baby-blue-half-plum jacket that was plucked from the label’s Fall 2020 winter collection. She accessorized the outerwear, which has also been sported by reality star Kourtney Kardashian in recent weeks, with knee-length, crocodile-skin boots and oversized sunglasses. 

The actress wore a coat by Dubai-based label Bouguessa for a TV appearance in New York. Getty Images

The 39-year-old then switched into a burgundy trench coat paired with a coordinating sweater and stiletto boots. Meanwhile, the Broadway star was photographed sauntering out of “Good Morning America” (GMA)wearing a head-to-toe maroon look and a lilac coat slung over her shoulders.

During her appearance at GMA with co-star Idina Menzel, Bell and her on-screen sister shared some details about the hotly-anticipated “Frozen 2.” The actresses, who play Anna and Elsa in the cult Disney film, revealed that they felt they were in “really good hands” for the Disney’s first-ever musical sequel. 

Bell also spoke about a new show she is producing and hosting for Disney+. Entitled “Encore!”, the new series will invite former High School Musical castmates to perform their original musical in just six days. 

“It’s incredible, and I will say I’ve been proud of a lot of work I’ve done — I don’t know that I’ve done anything that makes me this proud,” Bell said, adding that it’s, “so heartfelt.”

Meanwhile, Bouguessa, which was founded by Faiza Bouguessa, is known for its modern abayas and stylish overlays.   The Dubai-based label has found fans in many A-list celebrities, including Indian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor. And who can forget the emerald, velvet robe Beyonce donned back in 2017? 

Born and raised in France to Algerian parents, the designer initially moved to Dubai as a flight attendant for Emirates before transforming her passion for fashion design from a hobby and to a full-fledged career. Having learnt to sew and knit from her seamstress grandmother at a young age, Bouguessa lent her skills to numerous internships at fashion houses before launching her eponymous ready-to-wear label in 2014.