Category Archives: Tabloid Trash

Myriam Klink or Lady Gaga?

You gotta love Myriam Klink. Homegirl never ceases to amaze us with the stunts she pulls. I’m curious as to how the creative process happens on her shoots? Because this one right here is genius. I mean nearly naked men in teeny tiny underwear posing as angels as she lounges around so nonchalantly. In another shot the men are even covering their naughty bits with fabric from her outfit while she’s looking smug.

Or perhaps Myriam was inspired with Lady Gaga’s Fame Perfume campaign so much she decided to do the Klink version. You decide.

Either way those shots are really something. (Notice how one of Myriam Klink’s angel men suddenly turns uber tan in the second image below)

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Lady Gaga’s Fame Perfume Campaign

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Check out Lebanese Celebrity Copy Cats here

Also did you know that Myriam Kink wanted to run for parliament, read more on her political ambitions here

Lady Gaga’s Lebanese Twin Sister

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Don’t Mess With Haifa Wehbe on Twitter

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Most people who follow Haifa Wehbe on Twitter think twice before they mess with her. The songstress diva has been frequently commended for her online efforts and has even won the Most Engaging Celebrity on Twitter award this year from the folks who brought you the Social Media Awards ( thanks for the best fashion blog nomination btw)

But what sets Haifa apart from the rest is her decision to engage both the fans and the haters equally, and trust me homegirl doesn’t hold back. While most celebs would be advised to ignore haters in an effort not to attract unwarranted negative attention to their profiles and keep things positive, Haifa does things a little bit differently, much to the amusement of her 1,110,000 followers. Not one to shy away from controversy she’ll go head to head with a hater and even reply with a Retweet.

So I’ve gone ahead and aggregated some of my favorite of her latest comebacks. Take a look!

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Haifa Wehbe Separated AT Birth

Celebrity Copycats: The Lebanese Edition

The Lebanese entertainment industry is no stranger to recycling. That’s right, when it comes to borrowing ideas both directors and celebrities don’t hold back. I’m not sure what goes on in their heads when they decided to blatantly reproduce the work of some of the world’s biggest names in music. I mean, come on they got us a fake PSY (Gangnam Style) this weekend and thought we wouldn’t notice. That’s insulting and pretty racist if you ask me.

Here’s the thing, Beyonce, Britney and Lady Gaga are international superstars. If they think that they can sneakily “borrow” a scene from one of their videos without getting noticed then they must assume we don’t own TVs or computers which is also quite insulting. Either way, they’ll deny these allegations to the last minute and may even claim they’re the ones getting copied.

Check out these scenes and make your own conclusions.

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Exhibit A

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Left: Angelina Jolie in a scene from Alexander the Great

Right: Lebanese host/ singer/ entertainer Maya Diab in her Shaklak MaBta3raf Video (truly groundbreaking btw) watch it here

Exhibit B

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Left: Beyonce dressed as BB The Homemaker in her video for Why Don’t You Love Me?

Right:  Lebanese singer/entertainer Myriam Fares in her new video for her song Kifak Inta. Myriam has mastered Beyonce’s dance moves by the way. Watch it here

Exhibit C

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Right: Britney Spears dressed as an flight attendant in the iconic airplane scene from her video for Toxic.

Left: Lebanese entertainer/singer Layal Abboud dressed as an attendant in a train in the video for her song Ya Ana Ya Ana.

Exhibit D (and the biggest offender you can read more about this one here)

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Left: Britney Spears in a diamond encrusted revealing bodysuit from her Toxic video

Right: Lebanese singer Clauda Chemali in her comeback song “Bowsa Qatoulieh”- meaning- “Toxic Kiss”

Thoughts?

Also see Celebs Separated at Birth

 

LAU Hotties; The New FaceMash?

Remember how Facebook started off as Facemash, a tool Mark Zuckerberg developed for Harvard-only students that allowed them to rate each other on attractiveness?

Well, let me introduce you to another little thing I came across on my Facebook newsfeed yesterday, it’s a page called LAU Hotties (yup straight to the point) an unofficial fan page (950 likes) that I’m assuming does not officially represent the Lebanese American University though it does use their logo as their profile picture. This page posts pictures of “hottie” LAU students and allows people to like them. The picture that gets the most Likes has the honor of being selected on the cover page.

Lebanon’s love affair with beauty pageants baffles me, think Miss Mermaid Jounieh, Miss Lebanon 2011, Miss Lebanon Battle of the Twins, Mr. International, Miss Lebanon World Super Model.

I have a feeling LAU officials are not going to be too happy when they get wind of this, but for now I’ll say this, those are some good looking students! Students seem to be having a blast on the page and I’m hoping they’ve given page admins permission to publish their pictures.

Here are some pictures posted on the wall, I’ve blurred out the faces, although the page is open to the public I didn’t think it would be fair to publish the students pictures. To view the original photos click here

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WTF of the Day

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Damn you Photoshop.

No Auto Khaled did not commission Nigella Lawson for their latest campaign. At least I hope they didn’t.

Some bright graphic designer thought it would be a brilliant idea to paste her photo in there and call it a day. I’m really curious as to how that process went down, are they even aware who Nigella is or were they just randomly googling an image say “women holding bag of crisps” and found Nigella handling some buttered cream puff or about to stuff her face with a ridiculously roasted lamb shack and so they intricately replaced it with a truck like it’s the most natural thing in the world?

Lebanese brilliance at it’s finest hour. Brands take note of this. I want to nominate them for an SMA.

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Could Myriam Klink Save Lebanon?

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So Myriam Klink is scaring the hell out of us now by promising to run for politics. And like anyone living in this country the thought of  someone with her judgement in parliament terrifies me. And no I’m not gonna jump on the let’s hate on Myriam Klink bandwagon, I’m guessing she has enough of those.

To me the idea of giving power to a woman with such heinous fashion taste,  bad PR and disastrous image management decisions to make vital decisions on a national level makes me slightly uneasy. I’m sure you can relate.

I watched her on AlJadeed’s new show Al Za3eem “الزعيم” which seems like an Arab Idol for aspiring politicians who present themselves in front of a panel of judges and get eliminated accordingly. (a very badly produced concept and show might I add.)

Contestants were tested on their speech skills. Some yelled, others threatened, a few seemed to think they were auditioning for a cheesy Lebanese play only to get royally butchered by the panel of judges who showed no mercy.

And then there was Klink. She stood there, fully clothed, looking mighty professional and gave a very well-rehearsed speech ( you’ll be surprised how good she was compared to the rest) with dramatic and funny hand gestures on two issues she plans to run on. Her first choice impressed me. The environment. She seemed to have a special relationship with nature as her Facebook bio puts it so eloquently

“Myriam Klink is a Lebanese girl from the mountains raised between animals and natures by a loving dad and grand pa who teach her the meaning of respecting life in all its ways….”

But then she said the words I dreaded. Something about women, their rights and well she summed it up with something along the lines of “men have to not forget that they all came from women!”  You know, just in case some men were doubting the birds and bees theory.

But I’m approaching this with an open mind. Of course I’ve made prejudgments based on everything I see about Klink online; the distasteful photos, her obnoxious behavior and the baffling video clips. Does she stand a real chance of winning? Probably not. But could this be her moment to give us something more than Made In Lebanon Paris Hilton, and perhaps even use her star power to bring attention to issues that should really be high on this country’s priority list such as our depleting environment and animal rights? Perhaps. As long as she steers clear from women’s rights.

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Oscars 2013 Red Carpet: The Best And Worst Dressed

Every year I keep my eye close to the red carpet arrivals at the Oscars anticipating some of the most beautiful gowns and looks in the world. This year was no exception. Pale shades reigned as did the gold and black combos. Here’s Part 1 of my list of the fabulous and not-so appealing looks for the night.

Jessica Chastain

She was one of the first to arrive and she sure did not disappoint already having topped many’s best dressed list. Best actress nominee Jessica Chastain looked Oscar-worthy in this strapless champagne Armani Privé dress matching the color of her hair and fire red lips and side swept hair. Safe and sober but glamorous nevertheless. She also got to wear 1960 Harry Winston jewels.

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Naomi Watts wore one of my favorite dresses of the night, a shimmering metallic sequin, one-shouldered cap-sleeve Armani Privé gown and Neil Lane jewels. Her hair was just the right combo of made-up and messy. best dressed, hands down.

Rene Zel

Sizzling! Someone has been putting some extra extra hours at the gym. Renee Zellweger channeled her inner Oscar in this body-sculpting gold  Carolina Herrera. The dress fit her like a glove although not many pale actresses can pull of this look, she stunned!

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron looked flawless this bleach white peplum Christian Dior Haute Couture dress that managed to look fabulous with her new pixie haircut. Red carpet glamor at it finest hour and one of my favorite looks for the night!

Halle Berry

She been disappointing as of lately but Halle Berry makes up for all her recent fashion faux pas in this edgy custom-made long sleeved and striped Versace gown. The only thing I don’t approve of  his that hair that looks like she slept on one side of her head.

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Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence? First she announces she’s “starving” and then she trips as she accept her Oscar. But she looked graceful and feminine in Dior Haute Couture dress with a voluminous skirt and Chopard jewels. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not into these multi-shaped gowns and I’m not sure going strapless is the best look for her but the entire world seems to have fallen in love with her nevertheless.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway may have taken the Oscar home for best supporting actress but her choice of this backless pink satin dress by Prada wasn’t a good one at all. First of all it didn’t do any justice for her nipples which seemed to be the most buzzed body part after Angelina Jolie’s leg took center stage last year.  It also looked like she was wearing an apron from behind. And her Liza Minelli hairdo just didn’t do it for me though her floral necklace from Tiffany & Co. was fabulous! But doesn’t her dress look like it needs a good iron? I still love her though!

Cathrine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones donned this fabulous looking gold metallic swirl detail Zuhair Murad strapless gown. The earrings were a total over-kill, way too much going on there and the fact that her retro hair was split in the middle and not on the side, did not do her any justice at all!

amy adamsEach year an A-lister puts on an big frilly show-stopping Oscar de la Renta  and this year it was the beautiful Amy Adams in this lavender beaded bust dress with asymmetric raw edge ruffles. One of my favorite classic red carpet looks for the night.

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I dislike this look on Reese Witherspoon who opted for a royal blue strapless gown by  Louis Vuitton. I know, I know, she just had a baby I have to be nice but this is not about her weight, this is about styling the right kind of dress on the right body and this look does not work for her one bit.  She’s too short for such a long dress, she needs major support in the bodice and you know what royal blue is just not her color. Let alone that cliche hairdo.. One of my worst looks of the night

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Look at that gorgeous off-white number by Reem Acra. Isn’t it beautiful? You can’t really tell can you? You know why? Because Kristen Stewart wore it with that face on. The girl is beautiful but she’s has to stop being such a slouch. Don’t tell me she was on crutches, that didn’t stop her from walking the red carpet but it sure stopped her from brushing her hair. You know how many women would kill to be in her shoes( Jimmy Choo) homegirl needs to practice some posture and smile!

Jennifer Aniston

Doesn’t she seem so uncomfortable? I know Jennifer Aniston changed things up this time around and I appreciate the effort but she’s not wearing this crimson ball-gownish  Valentino, it’s totally wearing her. She further disappointing with that every-day hairstyle. If she was gonna give us something different why not go all the way. Maybe a little less fabric and a little more waist but sadly she lands on my worst dressed list.

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I just saw her in that movie The Savages being all vicious but Salma Hayek looked every inch the Hollywood diva in this dress with   showstopping heavily embroidered neckline by Alexander McQueen. Not to mention how flawless and original her hair was. Time to give her stylist that raise she deserves!

Also see:

The Best and Worst Dressed on the 2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet

Maya Diab Is Very Serious About Valentine’s Day

Don’t you miss Maya Diab? No matter how you feel about her, girl is one hell of an entertainer. You gotta give her that. She also doesn’t take Valentine’s day lightly- as do many other women. You know… the ones you spot decked out in red clothes on Valentine’s day.

Well, Maya puts all those girls to shame, because well, she went ahead and dyed her hair a fiery red for the occasion. Yes sir she did. And she threw on a mini-dress with a heart-shaped décolleté perfectly framing her cleavage area. I’m telling you she’s NOT kidding around.

Check out the recent shots. Are you feeling the love?

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Mr. Lebanon is Mr. International

Meet  Ali Hammoud the Lebanese winner of the title: Mr. International 2012 recently held somewhere. I thought some of you ladies may enjoy looking at his six packs as much as he enjoys flaunting them. Boys you better not complain I think I provide you with enough eye-candy on this blog. Cheers!

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Somewhere out there Fiordelli guy is pissed

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Miss Lebanon 2012- Battle Of The Twins

I get it, nothing creates a buzz like two twins competing for the same title, Miss Lebanon 2012. And it worked, the Chibani twins have dominated headlines since being crowned last night. Rina Chibani is now Miss Lebanon 2012 and her twin sister Romi is first runner-up.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had some pretty faces compete for this pageant particularly after the puzzling win of Yara Khoury Mikhael last year which left everyone scratching their heads and hurt the credibility of the pageant itself.

Miss Lebanon 2011 Yara Khoury

Things were looking up this year, and the competition seemed to be tight, but not only between the twin sisters. What about the stunning Krystel Loutfi (below) or the eloquent and soft spoken Joanne Semaan that girl absolutely aced the Q&As! That didn’t seem to matter. Nor did the fact that winner Rina Chibany gave beauty a priority over education when asked, stating instead that “beauty is the key to everything in life.” All that mattered in fact was how wild the audience went when winner Rina Chibani announced to a jury member that she would pick “her sister” Romi if it were up to her. Of course she would say that, how did that make her so genius?

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But how awkward must it have been for two sisters to compete in the same pageant, I’m sure it can’t be good for runner-up Romi, who was told all her life that she was just as pretty as her twin, only to find out on national television that her sister is the prettier one. Something tells me that relationship can’t be healthy.

And let me tell you this, it doesn’t make sense to choose two almost identical twin sisters, it’s not a fair representation, it’s like voting twice for the same perquisites one would look for in a beauty queen. But, if a twin sister had to win, it should have been Romi not Rina, did anyone dismiss the answer she gave on the smoking ban? That girl obviously proved that she was well-rounded on local issues and even went as far as proposing an amendment to the law that may take into consideration restaurant and bar owners.

What about the jury panel? How bewildering was that random mix of personalities? From superstar Ragheb Alameh’s botched wife, to Nancy Ajram to ex-Minister of Interior Ziad Baroud and mountaineer Maxim Chaya? Can someone explain to me how those people are qualified to judge beauty pageants? Anyone?

I’ll tell you this, that show was entertaining, and it obviously served its purpose, #MissLebanon was even trending worldwide on Twitter last night. But the fact of the matter is Lebanon has not had a Georgina Rizk in a long time, and it doesn’t seem like it will anytime soon.