Hollywood star Yara Shahidi dazzles on the SAG red carpet

Yara Shahidi arrives for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 21, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2018

Hollywood star Yara Shahidi dazzles on the SAG red carpet

DUBAI: All eyes were on 17-year-old star Yara Shahidi as she stepped out at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in a sophisticated black jumpsuit — and she even got a special nod of approval from the likes of Vogue magazine.
The Iranian-American TV actress turned heads in a sleek, custom-made Ralph Lauren outfit when she took to the red carpet at Sunday night’s event in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.
She garnered praise from Vogue, which said she “simmered with disco-worthy drama.” Shahidi completed her look with Jimmy Choo platforms and Tiffany & Co. jewelry chosen by stylist Jason Bolden.
Before the show, she tweeted out a message of appreciation to the Ralph Lauren design house, saying “thank you for making the jumpsuit of my dreams.”
The “Black-ish” star, who now has her own spin off series called “Grown-ish,” was nominated for the Outstanding Television Comedy Ensemble award along with her cast mates at the ceremony, but lost out to the cast of “Veep.”
Shahidi is likely not disheartened, however, as she is set to head off to Harvard University to study sociology and African-American studies this year. She even revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote her a recommendation letter during the college application process — an endorsement that made headlines around the world last March.
The star is well-known for her stance against the proposed US immigration ban that caused uproar last year and shared a message on her social media accounts at the time saying: “If my baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama. I would not exist and I wouldn’t have two amazing brothers.”
She has been vocal about her Iranian-African-American heritage and even called herself “a proud Black Iranian.”


Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

Updated 13 February 2020

Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

  • Number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry firms, has exclusive Valentine’s collection

RIYADH: The old adage diamonds are a girl’s best friend certainly rings true for Saudis.

Gifting jewelry has throughout history been regarded as a symbol of appreciation, devotion, and love.

And whether it be a diamond ring or exquisite ruby necklace, on Valentine’s Day many romantic Saudis will be expressing their feelings by presenting their loved ones with precious stones.

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In recent years, a number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate the national day of love.

Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry brands, has carried on the art of jewelry design for more than 100 years. Its latest exclusive Valentine’s collection, My One and My Heart, incorporates a solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby set on a thin gold- or white gold-plated rod.

Nasser Farsi, the company’s chief executive officer and collection designer, told Arab News: “I personally designed the pieces because many people like to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day.

“The design is simple, a single solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby symbolizes the simplicity of love, how glamorous it is with beautiful moments, and exciting experiences within that love.

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“My latest design resembles the elements of a successful relationship, where love should be straightforward, simple, yet glamorous. Love is that pillar,” he said.

The brainchild of sisters Hala and Leena El-Khereiji, Charmaleena’s jewelry collections are known for their unique designs and mix and match of precious stones and diamonds.

The Saudi brand’s My Heart collection, which includes mother-of-pearl heart pendants and bright red coral earrings, has been specially produced with Valentine’s Day in mind.

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Qilada, another Saudi brand, is marking the day with its geometric heart-shaped earrings and necklaces which are also adorned with red agate stone.

When it comes to saying, “I love you,” jewelry, it seems, continues to stand the test of time for Saudis.