Cardi B wears Ashi Studio in new music video

I t’s been a big year for New York-born rapper Cardi B. (AFP)
Updated 26 December 2018

Cardi B wears Ashi Studio in new music video

DUBAI: US rapper Cardi B chose a daring gown by Beirut-based fashion house Ashi Studio for her latest music video — and it’s a dress to remember.

In the video, the artist can be seen breastfeeding her baby girl Kulture, who was born in July, while wearing a black, floor-length gown by Ashi Studio’s Saudi-born founder, Mohammed Ashi.

The fishtail dress hails from the label’s autumn/winter 2018-19 couture collection and was chosen as the centerpiece outfit for Cardi B’s music video for her latest single, “Money.”




The star wore a revealing Ashi Studio gown in her latest music video. (Instagram)

It’s been a big year for the New York-born rapper, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, who was just nominated for five awards at the upcoming 2019 Grammys.

Cardi B is up for Album of the Year for “Invasion of Privacy” and Record of the Year for “I Like It,” as well as nomination nods for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, for “Be Careful,” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You.”

While she is flying high in her career, she is facing troubles at home, however, and just reportedly split with her husband after a little more than a year of marriage.

The rapper’s husband, whose stage name is Offset, became the target of Internet outrage after he interrupted her set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles on Dec. 15 and asked her to get back together with him after an alleged extra-marital affair.

Cardi B said no, but took to Instagram a day later to say that she wished people wouldn’t bash her daughter’s father, whom she married in September 2017.

On the flip side, it’s been a stellar year for the fashion house behind the daring dress in Cardi B’s new video, as Ashi Studio has dressed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Ashi Studio designed gowns for supermodel Heidi Klum and Cardi B for their appearances at the 2018 Grammy Awards, with Klum going for a stunning sheer dress and Cardi B turning heads in a custom-made gown, which featured a high-to-low hem, full off-the-shoulder sleeves and multiple, voluminous layers.

The Arab designer’s garments have been worn by countless A-listers in the past, including Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Demi Lovato, Fergie and Ava DuVernay.

Perhaps his biggest fashion score, however, came at the beginning of December when the designer dressed none other than Beyoncé for a Dec. 2 concert in Johannesburg that honored the life of Nelson Mandela.

The superstar wore a ruffled pink dress, with a long train and voluminous, tiered skirt on stage.


Yara Shahidi glows on NAACP Image Awards red carpet

The US actress was nominated for an NAACP award for her role in “Grown-ish.” (Getty)
Updated 23 February 2020

Yara Shahidi glows on NAACP Image Awards red carpet

DUBAI: On Saturday night, A-listers descended upon the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, for the 51st annual NAACP Image Awards. Among the stars in attendance was US actress and activist Yara Shahidi, who was nominated for the Best Actress in a Comedy Series award for her role in “Grown-ish.” While the 20-year-old didn’t take home the prize — the accolade went to her “Black-ish” co-star Tracee Ellis Ross — Shahidi was a major winner when it came to her scene-stealing red carpet look.

The US-Iranian actress stepped out wearing a mint green satin minidress covered in embellishments by Gucci and a pair of chunky metallic leather platform sandals, also from the Italian house.

As for her beauty look, Shahidi decided to embrace her natural curls on the red carpet. Glowy skin, brushed up brows, a feline flick of liquid eyeliner and a swipe of reflective gloss rendered her makeup look complete.  

The US-Iranian actress stepped out wearing a mint green satin minidress covered in embellishments by Gucci. (Getty)

Other stars who turned heads at the annual awards ceremony include “9-1-1” actress Angela Bassett who accepted the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award wearing a mint-colored, structured evening gown by Lebanese couture duo Azzi & Osta. The dress featured a waist-cinching belt with an asymmetric neckline and was accessorized with a matching emerald-green clutch and drop earrings.

Other winners on the night included singer Lizzo, who was named the Entertainer of the Year, and “Just Mercy,” which won the Best Motion Picture award, while its lead actor Michael B. Fox nabbed the Best Actor trophy and its secondary star Jamie Foxx won the Best Supporting Actor prize at the awards ceremony that recognizes entertainers of color.

Angela Bassett accepted the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award wearing a dress from Azzi & Osta. (AFP)

Jordan won for his role as a crusading defense attorney in the film, while Foxx won for his portrayal of the wrongly convicted man he fought for.

Elsewhere, Lupita Nyong’o won the Best Actress in a Film prize for her role in “Us,” and 15-year Marsai Martin won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Little” over superstar names including Jennifer Lopez, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer.

Meanwhile, singer-turned-beauty-mogul Rihanna received the NAACP President’s Award for Special Achievement and Distinguished Public Service. She called for racial, religious and cultural unity during her acceptance speech. “If there’s anything that I’ve learned, it’s that we can only fix this world together,” she stated, adding: “We can’t do it divided.”