Gina Rodriguez turns heads with the help of Lebanon’s finest

US actress Gina Rodriguez starred in ‘Jane the Virgin’ and Netflix’s ‘Someone Great.’ (Getty)
Updated 19 November 2019

Gina Rodriguez turns heads with the help of Lebanon’s finest

  • The “Jane the Virgin” star, who is of Puerto Rican descent, cut a sleek figure in a black, off-the-shoulder Ingie Paris jumpsuit
  • Last week, Kerry Washington made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live wearing a printed, sleeveless Ingie Paris jumpsuit

DUBAI: US actress Gina Rodriguez attended the Eva Longoria Foundation Gala at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on this week and opted to wear a Parisian label founded by a French-Lebanese designer for the star-studded event.

The “Jane the Virgin” star, who is of Puerto Rican descent, cut a sleek figure in a black, off-the-shoulder Ingie Paris jumpsuit. The ensemble featured sparkling details across the top and the designer’s signature waist-cinching silhouette that further emphasized the 35-year-old’s figure.

Ingie Paris, the luxury womenswear brand founded by CEO and Managing Director of the Etoile Group Ingie Chalhoub, has proven to be a celebrity favorite since launching in 2009. Just last week, Kerry Washington made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live wearing a printed, sleeveless Ingie Paris jumpsuit.




Gina Rodriguez showed off a jumpsuit by Ingie Paris. (Instagram)

Other A-listers who have donned the label include Kendall Jenner, who recently turned heads wearing a pink, ruffled silk-taffeta dress with a feathered trim from Ingie Paris’s Spring 2019 collection.

Meanwhile, catwalk model Yasmin Wjnaldum, “Riverdale” actress Madelaine Petsch and “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow have all been pictured sporting the brand’s range of cocktail dresses, daywear separates and accessories.

 The look comes just days after Rodriguez demanded a double take wearing another Lebanese label. At the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala, the actress stepped out on the red carpet wearing an intricately embroidered, baby blue design from Ras Baalbek-born couturier Zuhair Murad.




The baby blue design was from Ras Baalbek-born couturier Zuhair Murad. (Getty)

Also present at Longoria’s annual gala was “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera and rising child actress Ariana Greenblatt, who posted a group photo with the actresses on Instagram writing: “Thank you @evalongoria for a great night and for all the inspiring work the @evalongoriafoundation does for Latina women (sic).”

Longoria also uploaded a picture of herself with Rodriguez on the social media platform and captioned it: “Latinas Unite! @evalongoriafoundation Thank you @hereisgina you for your constant support to help these young Latinas reach their full potential!”

Actors Mario Lopez, Terry Crews and “That 70s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama were also among the guests at the celebrity-filled bash.

Founded by the Hollywood star in 2012, The Eva Longoria Foundation aims to empower the Latina community through a number of mentorships, college scholarships, after-school programs and entrepreneurships.

In 2018, Rodriguez, alongside Zoe Saldana, was recognized for being an activist and role model in the Latina community by The Eva Longoria Foundation. 


Morocco’s Gnawa musical culture listed by UNESCO

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Morocco’s Gnawa musical culture listed by UNESCO

  • The tradition, which includes the veneration of Islamic holy men, dates back to at least the 16th century

RABAT: Gnawa culture, a centuries-old Moroccan practice rooted in music, African rituals and Sufi traditions, was on Thursday added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Gnawa refers to a “set of musical productions, fraternal practices and therapeutic rituals where the secular mixes with the sacred,” according to the nomination submitted by Morocco.

Often dressed in colorful outfits, Gnawa musicians play the guenbri, a type of lute with three strings, accompanied by steel castanets called krakebs.

They practice “a therapeutic ritual of possession ... which takes the form of all-night ceremonies of rhythms and trance combining ancestral African practices, Arab-Muslim influences and native Berber cultural performances,” the nomination document reads.

The tradition, which includes the veneration of Islamic holy men, dates back to at least the 16th century.

“Originally practiced and transmitted by groups and individuals from slavery and the slave trade,” today it is one of the many facets of Moroccan culture and identity.

Gnawa was popularized by a festival that started in 1997 in the southern port city of Essaouira.Until then, Gnawa brotherhoods had been little known, even marginalized.

Now, they attract waves of fans each year from across the globe to the Gnawa and World Music Festival in Essaouira that highlights a unique mix of musical styles.

Essaouira has seen greats such as Pat Metheny, Didier Lockwood and Marcus Miller perform with the most famous masters of Gnawa music, fusing the genre with other styles such as blues and jazz.

The number of brotherhoods and master musicians “is constantly growing in Morocco’s villages and major cities,” according to the nomination.

Gnawa groups “form associations and organize festivals” year-round, which enable the younger generation “to have knowledge of both the lyrics and musical instruments as well as practices and rituals” linked to Gnawa culture.