Nicki Minaj reveals gender of newborn and shares congratulatory note from Beyonce

Nicki Minaj reportedly gave birth on Sep. 30. File/AFP
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Updated 16 October 2020

Nicki Minaj reveals gender of newborn and shares congratulatory note from Beyonce

DUBAI: US hip hop star Nicki Minaj has welcomed a baby boy with her husband Kenneth Petty. According to People, the rapper reportedly gave  birth to her new bundle of joy on Sep. 30, but she took to social media on Thursday to confirm the news and reveal the baby’s gender. 

She subtly announced the news in an Instagram post that featured congratulatory messages and gifts she received from Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and Burberry's Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci among others.

“Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time, (sic)” Minaj captioned the post. “It meant the world to me. I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s note read: “Congrats! We love you!” 

Beyonce wrote: “Onika, Welcome to motherhood. God bless you and your family. B.”

The Trinidad-born rapper first announced her pregnancy in July via four separate and glamorous maternity portraits of her baby bump posted on Instagram alongside the news that she and her husband were expecting their first child together.

In May, the singer sparked pregnancy rumors when she revealed that she had been experiencing common pregnancy symptoms. When fans asked if she would share photos of her baby bump, she replied, “Yea in a couple of months. The world ain’t ready yet.”

The pregnancy news came nine months after the “Super Bass” hitmaker got married to Petty.

Feet first: Egyptian footwear label blends style and comfort

Updated 22 October 2020

Feet first: Egyptian footwear label blends style and comfort

DUBAI: They say “beauty is pain,” but not for Egyptian footwear label Zee.

The brand’s designs combine comfort and style, making its offerings suitable for settings ranging from edgy and urban life to laid-back for the seaside.

Noureldin Kassem, Zee’s founder, said: “It’s really important to be stylish and comfortable. For us being comfortable is very important, and this is why we used a lot of new materials, like different kinds of leather, and made adjustments to the sandals.”

Brave New World, the brand’s latest collection, draws its inspiration partly from Greco-Roman culture, Kassem told Arab News. 

The collection includes 25 styles in a range of bold and bright designs, featuring sandals and slides to suit a wide range of women’s tastes.

Zee, which was established three years ago, is a sustainable brand that is produced in Egypt, but outsources its materials, such as cork soles, from Spain.


Sway with ease in your Zees. Shot and styled by @keghamdjeghalian #MakeZeeMoves #ZeeSteps #ZeeBraveNewWorld #Zee

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“Sustainability is taking a big share of the market now,” Kassem said.

To make the brand more environmentally friendly, Zee’s packaging now includes pouches made of recycled material made in collaboration with eco-friendly Egyptian fashion brand Up-Fuse. 

Kassem said that while many well-established fashion brands are fighting to survive during the coronavirus pandemic, Zee is taking risks and rebranding itself. 


Stand tall in your Zee-Bomba X #MakeZeeMoves #ZeeSteps #ZeeBraveNewWorld #ZeeByKegham #ZeeBombaX #Zee

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Amid plans for a possible launch of trainers or heels, Zee’s team is working on designing sneakers, which better fit the “persona and identity of the brand.”

Kassem also praised his team, including creative director Kegham Djeghalian, for doing “a great job during this difficult period.”