Model Mariah Idrissi explores Abu Dhabi’s wildlife

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Updated 08 February 2020

Model Mariah Idrissi explores Abu Dhabi’s wildlife

DUBAI: Moroccan-British model Mariah Idrissi touched down in the UAE last week and it appears that the hijab-wearing fashion star is living it up in the country.

The 27-year-old kicked off her trip in the UAE’s capital where she partook in various tourist activities, which she made sure to document on her social media.

 During her trip, Idrissi headed to Abu Dhabi’s desert, which she called “one of the best days” she’s had “in a while.”

The London-based model posted a series of candid shots from the desert safari, which included snaps of her posing against the backdrop of the undulating sand dunes, petting a camel and getting up close and personal with a falcon.

 “Today was incredible, one of the best days I’ve had in a while. Thank God for this carousel thing because I would have flooded your feed with pics. Good times — more to come Insha’Allah! Sending positive vibes to you all, (sic)” she wrote on Instagram.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit to the UAE without a trip to Abu Dhabi’s striking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Idrissi posted a snap of herself at the venue and revealed that she “loved every minute of her experience in Abu Dhabi.



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I loved every minute of my experience in Abu Dhabi, I can’t believe this was my first proper visit! I mentioned in my stories that visiting this mosque was such a beautiful experience which I got to share with new friends that I feel like I’ve known for ages. On one hand I loved the tourism aspect of it and on the other hand we felt a bit weird that a place of worship was a tourist attraction to just take pictures in (can’t lie I did the same thing ). The mall part in the beginning was also a little odd... “O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu'ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.” - Surah al Jumu’ah (62:9). What are your thoughts? #Jummah #AbuDhabi #UAE #Grandmosque

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“I can’t believe this was my first proper visit! I mentioned in my stories that visiting this mosque was such a beautiful experience which I got to share with new friends that I feel like I’ve known for ages,” she wrote to her 89,000 followers.

Idrissi was one of the first women to open doors for hijab-wearing models in the fashion industry. When the then-25-year-old posed for H&M’s “Close the Loop” campaign in 2015, she made history as the first ever visibly Muslim model to pose in a global fashion campaign for a high-street powerhouse retailer, simultaneously cracking the lid open for the likes of Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar and Kadija Diawara, who would all go on to walk on international runways.

This is likely why she was chosen as the cover girl for American Dubai-based author Hafsa Lodi’s “Modesty— A Fashion Paradox” book. Idrissi joined the author and The Modist founder Ghizlan Guenez at the 2020 Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai for a panel discussion on Friday, where they discussed the paradox at the heart of the modest fashion movement and answered the audience’s questions, followed by a book signing.


Emma Roberts shows off Lebanese label as she reveals why she blocked her mother on Instagram

Updated 21 October 2020

Emma Roberts shows off Lebanese label as she reveals why she blocked her mother on Instagram

DUBAI: US actress Emma Roberts made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week, where she opened up about her new film, pregnancy and how she wound up in an Instagram feud with her mother.

For the occasion, Roberts, who is expecting her first child with her partner Garrett Hedlund, donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen.

The Beirut-based designer launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

Wazen’s impressive list of celebrity clientele includes Hailey Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner.

Roberts video chatted in from Los Angeles, where she revealed that she temporarily blocked her mother, Kelly Cunningham, on social media after she unwittingly “spilled the beans” about her daughter’s pregnancy. 

“I was keeping my pregnancy pretty low key but unfortunately my mother has Instagram. Which, mothers and Instagram, it’s a bad combination," Roberts said on the show.

She added, “She definitely spilled the beans.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Me...and my two favorite guys

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The 29-year-old explained that her mother doesn’t own a computer and had a flip phone until about three years ago when she bought her an iPhone, calling it “the worst thing I ever did.”

Once she got an iPhone, Cunningham made an Instagram account where she unintentionally spilled the beans on her daughter’s pregnancy by thanking fans who were congratulating her on becoming a grandmother.

“It was a disaster and I found it all out on a plane so I couldn’t get to her, I couldn’t call her or attack her,” Roberts said. “I could just iMessage with her and DM her and ask her to please stop.”

When the “American Horror Story” actress was finally able to get a hold of her mother, Cunningham told her that she had responded to fans because she thought Roberts had already confirmed her pregnancy, but it was actually just a tabloid story. Roberts added that they “kind of laughed” and “kind of got into a fight” over the incident, which led her to temporarily block her mom on social media.

“It’s been an Instagram war with my mother that I never saw coming,” mused Roberts. “It’s a good story to tell the baby.”