Jennifer Lopez spotlights Lebanese designers on world tour

It's the first tour for Jennifer Lopez in the past six years. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 June 2019

Jennifer Lopez spotlights Lebanese designers on world tour

  • The singer sported a bodysuit by Nicolas Jebran and shoes by Andrea Wazen in her latest tour
  • She also wore an outfit by Dubai-based designer in one of her videos

DUBAI: Jennifer Lopez kicked off her It’s My Party World Tour last week and took to the stage in California in a number of daring outfits by Middle Eastern designers.

Lopez, who made headlines in early March when she got engaged to ex-baseball star Alex Rodriguez, hit the stage on her first tour in six years, which will see the industry legend perform in more than 25 cities across the US.

She is on tour to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday and kicked things off on June 7 with a showcase of costumes designed by the who’s who of Lebanon’s fashion scene.

The “Jenny from the Block” singer showed off eight different outfits on Friday, one of which was a neon green bodysuit by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, which she paired with matching thigh-high boots by Lebanese shoemaker Andrea Wazen.

The Lebanese shoe designer shared a snap of the singer on her Instagram account, captioning it: “I never imagined this day would come!! I remember dancing with my sisters to all her songs growing up (still do now). And now she’s dancing on stage in MY BOOTS!!! Feeling so blessed, thank you thank you!! A BIG thank you to my amazing friend @nicolasjebran for this amazing opportunity and for your trust (sic).”

Lopez also performed in a sparkling blue bodysuit by Lebanese designer to the stars, Zuhair Murad.

The custom-made fringed bodysuit featured dazzling blue beading, which she paired with a silky bomber jacket scattered over with deep blue rhinestones.

It isn’t the first time Lopez has chosen to sport designs from the region while in the spotlight.

Back in April, the singer released her latest music video and chose to show off a larger-than-life outfit by a Dubai-based designer in the clip.

In the video for “Medicine,” the singer wore a ruffled outfit by Dubai-based fashion label Amato Couture.

Created by Filipino designer Furne One, the creative force behind the label, the piece hails from the 2018/19 couture collection and is dotted with crystals and pearl details.

Lopez wore the outfit in a scene where she portrays a mysterious fortune-teller, complete with a cloudy, white crystal ball.

She is also known to be a fan of Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, having sported his gowns on many a red carpet, and even posed for People magazine’s December issue wearing a sheer dress by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi.


Miss Egypt hopeful as the 2019 Miss Universe kicks off in Atlanta

The 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant is currently underway at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP
Updated 08 December 2019

Miss Egypt hopeful as the 2019 Miss Universe kicks off in Atlanta

  • Egypt's Diana Hamed is the only contestant representing the Arab world at the 68th edition of Miss Universe
  • On Dec. 6, she took to the stage at the pre-coronation national costume contest to show off her patriotic side

DUBAI: The 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant is currently underway at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, where The Philippines' Catriona Gray is set to crown her successor on Dec. 8. 

The pageant kicked off on Dec. 7 with the Preliminary and National Costume Competition at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis where the Miss Universe contestants are competing for a spot in the top 20.

Among the hopeful contestants who hail from 90 different countries and territories is Diana Hamed, the reigning Miss Egypt, who take home the crown for Miss Universe Egypt 2019, a title previously held by Egyptian icon Iolanda Gigliotti— more commonly known as Dalida— the winner of the 1954 competition. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 20-year-old beat out 19 other contestants on Oct. 20 to accept the crown from her predecessor Nariman Khaled at a jam-packed ceremony at Cairo’s Al Massah Hotel. The beauty queen was selected by an expert panel that comprised of the National Director of Miss Universe Hoda Abboud, Egyptian fashion designer Hany El Beheiry and actress Nermine El Feky, among others.

Aya Abdel Razek was crowned the first runner-up, while Mirna Makkawi was the second runner up.

Hamed is the only contestant representing the Arab world in the highly-televised competition, which is once again being hosted by American television presenter Steve Harvey.

Hailing from Cairo, the business student took to the stage on Dec. 6 for the pre-coronation National Costume Contest to show off her patriotic side by donning a stunning red and gold ensemble paired with a crown to represent her country.

The business student took to the stage on Dec. 6 for the pre-coronation National Costume Contest to show off her patriotic side. Instagram

Miss Universe 2019 will be crowned by the reigning Catriona Gray. If Hamed wins, she will receive a one-year contract with the Miss Universe Organization, which will see her traveling overseas to perform charity work and raise awareness for diseases and education. The winner will also receive room and board in a luxury apartment in New York City plus cash allowance for her entire reign, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a modeling portfolio with WME IMG, which happens to be the Miss Universe parent organization, a year supply of beauty products, a custom-styled new wardrobe, and healthcare, as well as invitations to events such as fashion shows, movie premieres and opening galas throughout New York.