Taylor Swift dazzles in Lebanese jewels before Glastonbury reveal

Taylor Swift accepted Billboard's Woman of the Decade award while wearing jewels from a Lebanese designer. AFP
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Updated 16 December 2019

Taylor Swift dazzles in Lebanese jewels before Glastonbury reveal

  • On Thursday, Taylor Swift was presented with Billboard’s Woman of the Decade Award
  • She took to the stage to give an empowering speech while wearing jewelry from a Lebanese designer

DUBAI: There’s one sparkling detail you may have missed from Taylor Swift’s empowering Woman of the Decade speech late last week — she was wearing stunning Arab jewelry.

On Thursday, Swift was presented with Billboard’s Woman of the Decade Award, making her its first-ever recipient.

The “You Belong With Me” songstress, who was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2011 and 2014, was on hand to collect the prize from British actress Jameela Jamil at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium.

While accepting the accolade, Swift took to the stage to give an empowering speech while wearing a black Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit with chain detailing, Sergio Rossi heels and the “Diamond Christy” and “Lily” earrings from Lebanese-Brazilian jewelry designer Ana Khouri, who is based in New York.




Swift took to the stage wearing a black Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit, Sergio Rossi heels earrings from Lebanese-Brazilian jewelry designer Ana Khouri. AFP

“So, what does it mean to be the woman of this decade? Well, it means I've seen a lot,” the hitmaker began her lengthy speech that addressed everything from institutionalized sexism and double standards in the industry to her ongoing rift with Scooter Braun over the rights to her music.

“When this decade began, I was 20 years old and I had put out my self-titled debut album when I was 16, and then the album that would become my breakthrough album, which was called ‘Fearless’.”

After “Fearless” won the album of the year Grammy, she said the “Swift backlash” exploded.

“In the last 10 years I have watched as women in this industry are criticized and measured up to each other and picked at for their bodies, their romantic lives, their fashion,” the artist, who just celebrated her 30th birthday, stated.

She went on to urge everyone to keep advocating for female representation in recording studios, A&R departments and more.

It’s been quite a month for Swift, who was just unveiled as the headline act for Britain’s famous Glastonbury Festival.

The “You Need to Calm Down” singer will perform on the storied Pyramid Stage on Sunday June 28, the final day of the music bash, the festival said on its website.

“I’m ecstatic to tell you that I’ll be headlining Glastonbury on its 50th anniversary — See you there!” the Grammy Award-winner tweeted Sunday.

Former Beatles frontman Paul McCartney has already been announced as the top-billing for Saturday night, having previously headlined in 2004, while Motown star Diana Ross will play the Sunday afternoon legend slot.


Lebanese it girls Nathalie Fanj and Nour Arida join protests in Beirut

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Lebanese it girls Nathalie Fanj and Nour Arida join protests in Beirut

DUBAI: On Saturday, thousands took to the streets of Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square in anger to protest against Lebanon’s leaders following the devastating, mushroom-shaped explosion on Aug. 4 that killed over 150, wounded thousands, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. 

Among the protestors was Lebanese fashion blogger and fashion week Dior Beauty ambassador Nathalie Fanj, who documented the demonstrations, which took place not far from the blast site, on her Instagram Stories.

Fanj, who earlier this week wrote she was “devastated” and “scared for her kids” following the deadly blast, posted clips of protesters holding up the Lebanese flag and carrying signs demanding an international investigation against the government that seemingly allowed a stockpile of explosive material to sit unattended at their port for more than six years, only to explode on Tuesday with such power that it was felt more than 120 miles away in Cyprus.

Nathalie Fanj joined protests in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square on Saturday. (Instagram)

Fanj also reported to her 855,000 Instagram followers that the authorities were allegedly firing at the protesters.

“We were not armed, protesting peacefully and they shot at us and it wasn’t rubber bullets!” she alleged in her Stories. “They were firing at us! As if we’re the corrupt ones stealing and killing!”

Among the protestors demanding justice for the lives lost due to government negligence was model and actress Nour Arida. The model also shared pictures and clips from the demonstrations on her Instagram Stories.

“Today we were in the streets to get back this little angel’s rights,” wrote Arida on Instagram alongside a series of images of the protests and a photo of Alexandra, the 3-year-old girl, who passed away during the blast.

Lebanese model Nour Arida was also among the demonstrators demanding change. (Instagram)

Dubai-based fashion influencer Karen Wazen reposted one of Arida’s images of the demonstrators in Beirut and captioned it: “Every expat is there today in spirit. We want our Lebanon back.” 

Lebanese fine jewelry designer, Ralph Masri, whose pieces are beloved by Celine Dion, also shared footage of protestors gathered in Martyrs’ Square on his social media platform. The designer, whose atelier was destroyed during the blast, wrote there was “no going back.”

A number of public figures are showing solidarity for the Lebanese people. Amal and George Clooney recently donated $100,000 to Lebanese charities, while British hitmaker Dua Lipa urged her 50.1 million Instagram followers to help by donating blood.