Shanina Shaik cuts a stylish figure at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Shanina Shaik front row at Ermenegildo Zegna Fall 2020. Instagram
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Updated 11 January 2020

Shanina Shaik cuts a stylish figure at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

DUBAI: It’s back to work for Shanina Shaik. The model, who was just in the Swiss Alps for the holidays, jetted off to Milan on Friday to attend the Ermenegildo Zegna Fall 2020 Menswear fashion show, where she sat front row alongside Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo, American actor Quincy and British model Erin O’Connor.

The Saudi-Pakistani-Lithuanian-Australian beauty cut a sleek figure in a plunging black blazer, which she wore with matching trousers plucked from the Italian label’s new collection. She completed the look with a pair of contrasting, chunky white sneakers.

If her recent front row appearance is any indication, 2020 is shaping up to be a much more pleasant year for the model than last year.

Shaik had previously revealed 2019 was “the most difficult year of her life,” largely due to her split with longtime partner Greg “DJ Ruckus” Andrews, one-year after they wed. 

It didn’t get any better after it was announced that the annual Victoria’s Secret show was cancelled, in which the 28-year-old served as a runway fixture.

However, things do appear to be shaping up as the Melbourne-bred beauty entered the new year on a high note, after fronting the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s January 2020 issue.

Some of the other famous faces who were spotted front row during Milan Men’s Fashion Week include Solange, Kelela, Juliana Huxtable and Michele Lamy, as well as British designer Grace Wales Bonner, who just showed her menswear collection in London a few days ago.


Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

Updated 21 September 2020

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

DUBAI: The search for global music group Now United’s newest member is finally over. Enter Nour Ardakani, the 18-year-old singer from Lebanon, who is set to become the band’s 16th member – and first Arab – after an extensive, months-long search for talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ardakani was hand-picked by Simon Fuller, the man who founded popular British girl band The Spice Girls and created “American Idol.”

“I think you are absolutely wonderful, and I think you would be perfect to join the group. And I would like to invite you to be the next member of Now United,” Fuller told the singer and dancer in a video call.

“Seriously, it’s me? You picked me?” asked Ardakani, to which Fuller replied: “You got it.”

The singer, who currently resides in Beirut with her family, joins fellow group for the band’s latest single “Feel It Now.”

Founded in 2017, the multinational music group announced in November last year that they were looking for a new member from the MENA region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Out of thousands of hopefuls in the Middle East and North Africa, 13 were shortlisted and invited to participate in a virtual audition last week in front of Fuller. Eventually, it came down to Ardakani and a 15-year-old Emirati singer, Alya Al-Ali.

Fuller picked Ardakani after hearing her recording of Now United’s song “Habibi.”