Carrie Underwood flaunts Kuwaiti design on country music’s big night

Carrie Underwood wore a Yousef Al-Jasmi gown at the 54th annual Country Music Association Awards. Getty Images
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Updated 17 November 2020

Carrie Underwood flaunts Kuwaiti design on country music’s big night

DUBAI: Another award show, another Arab designer flaunted by Carrie Underwood. The US singing sensation stepped out at the 54th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which took place in-person at Nashville’s Music City Center last week, wearing a sparkling creation from Kuwaiti couturier Yousef Al-Jasmi. Fans of the singer will recall that at last year’s CMAs, she wore an embroidered column gown by Lebanese couturier Elie Madi.

Al-Jasmi’s asymmetric gown boasted a high neck and a single, long sleeve. The sparkling dress also featured intricate silver beading and sequins throughout, which shone under the lights.

She completed the show-stopping look with black strappy sandals and diamond jewelry. As for her hair and makeup, Underwood opted for her signature nude pout and smoked-out eyes while her hair was styled into voluminous waves.




Carrie Underwood and her husband, ice hockey player Mike Fisher at the 54th annual Country Music Association Awards. AFP

The 37-year-old, who attended country music’s biggest night with her husband, ice hockey player Mike Fisher, was up against fellow singers Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Eric Church and Luke Combs for Entertainer of the Year.

After hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker named Church the winner, the camera panned to a clapping Underwood who gave the camera a tearful wink, sparking a Twitter debate in the process.

“Eric Church emotional while winning EOTY and Carrie giving him the tearful wink is such a loaded, fascinating TV moment,” one viewer tweeted.

“I know this wink wasn’t directed at us (or perhaps it was) but I find it very reassuring. We love you @carrieunderwood and you deserve this award so bad that I believe it will still happen one day! #CU4EOTY” wrote another.




US singer Lauren Alaina also opted for a dress by the Kuwaiti designer. Getty Images

Meanwhile, Underwood wasn’t the only attendee to don a frock from the Kuwaiti designer, whose lineup of couture gowns have also been spotted on Kendall Jenner, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and more. 

The couturier also found a fan in “Getting Good” singer Lauren Alaina who turned heads wearing a rose-gold, figure-hugging dress. The floor-trailing, embellished creation boasted long sleeves and a high neck.


Saudi vegan bodybuilder slams diet myths

Nutrition is the most important part when it comes to bodybuilding, then comes type of exercise, and good rest. (AFP)
Updated 29 November 2020

Saudi vegan bodybuilder slams diet myths

  • Ali Al-Salam, who stopped consuming animal products in 2017, says certain steps must be completed to have an athletic body

JEDDAH: The vegan diet has risen in popularity in Saudi Arabia in recent years and has been a constant topic of debate among Saudis, attracting the interest of many, including athletes.

Ongoing debates about whether the vegan diet is sufficient for normal people, let alone bodybuilders, abound, but one Saudi is answering them physically.
Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.
Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease, but other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.
Speaking to Arab News, 33-year-old Saudi vegan bodybuilder, Ali Al-Salam, who first started his vegan diet three years ago when he was suffering from high blood pressure, highlighted that the consumption of animal products is a deep rooted idea among bodybuilders and athletes.
“We always hear that in order to build muscle, we must consume animal products. In some parts of the world, there are people who can only have a small amount of animal products yet they live their lives healthily and comfortably and are not suffering from malnutrition — on the contrary, they have a lower level of chronic illnesses.”

When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasn’t even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldn’t be done with medications for me.

Ali Al-Salam, Saudi vegan bodybuilder

He said it also opened his eyes to what goes on in the dairy and meat industry; he began researching in 2016 and decided to become vegan in 2017.
“I was just like every other athlete, I used to consume a high amounts of protein. I remember in the last days before turning vegan, I used to have 10 egg whites and a piece of steak for breakfast to fulfil my protein needs. This made me think, ‘is this the only way to consume protein?’ And from then on, I started researching and got introduced to the vegan diet at a larger scale,” he said.
“When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasn’t even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldn’t be done with medications for me.”
He explained that bodybuilding does not solely rely on protein, and that there are steps that must be completed in order to reach an athletic body. Nutrition is the most important part, then comes type of exercise, and good rest.
“When we talk about good nutrition, it does not just rely on protein. Yes, it is important, but the amount of calories in general is more important,” he said.
“Let’s say you needed 200 grams of protein, does that mean if you consumed 200 grams of it, you would gain muscle? No. You need all the basic nutrients to reach a certain amount of calories in general,” he added.
He highlighted that as soon as people register for gym memberships, they immediately look for supplements because they think they cannot reach the needed amount of protein.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.

• Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease.

• But other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.

• Vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants.

• Animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.

“I’m talking about non-vegans here too, where their protein intake is already high. Marketing plays a big role here. People link protein to animal products because our society grew up with this idea as well.
“Can a vegan build muscle? Yes, when they eat right, exercise correctly and rest well. The misconception about protein stems from amino acids. People think vegan food lacks amino acids, and only animal products are full of them and that is far from the truth,” he added.
When comparing vegan athletes to regular athletes, he said vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants which helps greatly in recovery, and because “animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.”