Was Lebanese singer Elissa just cast in Netflix’s ‘La Casa De Papel’?

The show, also known as “Money Heist,” is about a daring heist. (Getty)
Updated 28 August 2019

Was Lebanese singer Elissa just cast in Netflix’s ‘La Casa De Papel’?

DUBAI: Lebanese singer Elissa took to social media to share a gift hamper sent to her by the team behind hugely popular Spanish Netflix original “La Casa De Papel” this week, sparking rumors that she is joining the show.

The package included one of show’s infamous Salvador Dali masks and a red card with a personalized message that read, “The third season's ending left the professor broken and you surprised. But have hope, because the fourth season will make you the happiest. To the queen of emotions, or whom we now call Beirut.” 

The star wrote to her 13.9 million followers, “I am ready to be part of the gang with the professor and the team! Thank you @NetflixMENA and @lacasadepapel. Nairobi, we’re coming to save you.
Love, Beirut!”

The Netflix Mena account replied to her video saying, “Beirut, the time is yours! Welcome aboard,” echoing the show’s use of city names for each of the characters.

The show, also known as “Money Heist,” is about a daring heist.

Since its launch in May 2017, “Le Casa de Papel” has become the most-watched non-English language series in Netflix’s history.

In July, Elissa told fans that she would be spending her evening binge watching the show. She tweeted, “Spending the night watching La Casa De Papel season 3 on Netflix. If you were with the professor, which city would you name yourself after in the gang? I would definitely go for Beirut! Suits me, no?”

The show’s Twitter account account replied, “Beirut sounds great.”

The 46-year-old star recently made headlines when she announced on Twitter that her next album will be her last, explaining that she cannot be productive in a “mafia-like” field.

“I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore,” she said. 

So, is she joining the Netflix team? Some fans think it’s all a joke, but here’s to hoping we will see the pop superstar trade in her microphone for a stint on the screen.

Bella Hadid donates designer clothing for a good cause

Updated 28 September 2020

Bella Hadid donates designer clothing for a good cause

DUBAI: If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on Bella Hadid’s ultra-luxe wardrobe featuring brands like Dior, Off-White and Vivienne Westwood, you may just have a chance. The part-Palestinian model this week decided to take part in the Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice in Brooklyn by donating a slew of her own clothing items to the sale, and it’s all for a good cause.

The Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice, which took place on Sunday, benefits a variety of causes such as the Black Lives Matter movement, which Hadid has been quite outspoken in her support of. 

The Palestinian-Dutch model documented the charitable event via her Instagram Stories, and showcased the “lil rack of stuff” she had for sale, which included plenty of designer items.

“I’ve got a lil rack of stuff!! curated by my sis @haleywollens ! But also so many great vendors !!! 100% of proceeds going to @abundantbeginnings @brooklyn_supported_agriculture! Thank you @sorrymydude for this (sic),” she wrote alongside a photo of herself laying among the donated pieces of clothing.

The Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice coordinators were thrilled with Hadid’s charitable contributions, and reposted her donated items on their Instagram Stories.

“This week we have donations from the best dressed baby doll @bellahadid,” said one of the posts.

It’s not the first time the model cleans out her closet for a humanitarian cause. In June, the 23-year-old donated a pair of paint-splattered Miu Miu boots for British Vogue’s online auction in aid of organizations  NHS Charities Together and the NAACP.