Why Them, Not You [Part III] Roula Kehdy

Fashionistas in Lebanon pop up every day like chicken, why is Roula Kehdy the fashionista on MTV Alive? And why is she the fashion icon on Pierre Rabbat’s programs?
Before we get to that, allow me to answer your definite questions;

One: Roula did not know Pierre before she joined Men El Ekhir
Two: Roula majored in Business (not in fashion) and worked in the media for more than 10 years – *Yes, she was already successful and she is not all about that ring*
Three: Roula is completely straight
Four: I ended up not asking her about her exact height (oh well, keep guessing *_*)

Click here to watch my interview with Roula Kehdy on Lebanese memes.

1- A fashion icon before becoming a fashion icon

They say Fake it till you make it. Guess what? It works! I am not saying Roula had the intention of being a fashion public figure, but Roula was approached by the media simply because she stood out in public. She told me during our interview that she was approached by Men El Ekhir’s producer because she seemed like someone who belongs to TV.

Lebanese people often tend to say “mfakkar 7alo…” or “msadda2 7alo…” about someone who is in the debut of his career. The secret is yes, you should pretend to be that person you want to be till you become that. You simply MAKE YOURSELF. If you love fashion and want to pursue a career in that, be fashionable every day, be known for your style, stand out, and make a long lasting fashion statement every time you step outside your house. This does not only apply to fashion, it applies to everything else.

Even socially, if you want respect, demand respect and start out with respecting yourself.

2- People love her

When Roula joined Men El Ekhir, people loved her – and her style. When the season was done, they wanted to see her more. Thus, she got her own segment, Fashionista, on MTV Alive. Roula was smart enough to take good advantage of her appearance on TV to make people love her, want to be her, and want to see her more often. Again, she stood out and didn’t take what she got for granted. She won.

3- Attitude “Wake Up with A Smile”

A beautiful fashionable lady is often thought to be arrogant. I remember the first time I met Roula at Director’s Kcut, I thought she is just another fashionista that I shouldn’t give any importance to – due to reasons that I keep to myself. I was surprised by her attitude. She made sure to stop the Style Make-Over workshop and say a little hello to a face she didn’t know #Me. I later observed how amazing her character is!
When asked how she can keep the smile on her face, Roula answered that it was simply the way she was raised, “My mother made me wake up every day and say Bonjour with a smile”. How beautiful is that? Welcoming every day with a wide smile!

4- Fame is an illusion

Every body wants to be famous, however not everybody knows how to react to fame. When asked if she lost friends in the course of her success, Roula Kehdy told me that fame is simply an illusion. A person shouldn’t think of himself as too important, “el khasseh ma lezim tekbar bi raso”.
At the end of the day, we are all the same. No one is more important than anyone else, fame comes and goes. Your relationships and friendships, your values, and your self-worth stay forever.

5- Set Goals, Believe, and Dream Big

When asked where she eventually sees herself, Roula answered without hesitation “be known globally”. I believe that a dreamer is never intimidated or threatened, a dreamer is never selfish, a dreamer is ambitious and constantly aims higher. Roula told me that 5 years ago she set goals and she got her goals accomplished, she was definite that she WILL accomplish her next 5 years set-goals.

6- Passion for Fashion

Roula worked for ten years in media, with her degree in business. Her passion however is fashion. Possibly without her even realizing, Roula’s strong energy got her to be able to luckily make her passion her profession. With a few workshops and a lot of innate tendency, Roula Kehdy started her own shoe accessories line & is a fashion public figure.

How did Roula make it?
She was what she wanted to be before becoming it, she made people love her, maintained a positive attitude, kept her feet on the ground, dreamed big, and made her passion her profession.

They say don’t do anything you don’t really love; Roula loves fashion. The way she happily gave the fashion tips during my interview with her is what I call generous. Some people are selfish and keep the information they know to themselves, other people are loving and share their experience and knowledge with others; those, I describe as passionate givers -and givers always get something in return!

Cover Photo credits to Jad J. Awada 
Give, Believe, and Dream
Much Love!
M

 

 

 

 

 

Why Them Not You [Part II] Elie Sleiman

For those who don’t know, Elie Sleiman (and his brother Mario Sleiman, with the help of Wissam Kamal) is Radar on Menna W Jerr with Pierre Rabbat on MTV Lebanon.
Well, Elie Sleiman worked in PR earlier – He founded – at a very young age – his own U.S. Productions that hosts nightlife events and brings international Guest Speakers/ Stand Up Comedians. Basically most of those who work in PR or in Night Life or are at NDU Louaizeh know him. Moreover, Elie having to jump a couple of the finest schools in Lebanon (namely Champville and Jamhour), acquired La Crème De La Crème of the youth PR.

How did Elie at only 25 get to be on TV in possibly the smartest segment on all channels – making fun of all the other channels and getting no harm at all, no threats, and no hate?

1- Be Proactive.

Elie’s ambition, strong personality, and self-confidence formed his proactive character. In his interview, he told me that he first added Pierre Rabbat on Facebook and was constantly active (writing likes and comments) on Pierre’s updates.
Pierre Rabbat stated that he was recruiting and Elie jumped to the opportunity. Basically “7arkash fi”.

2- Grasp the Opportunity When It Comes

Elie told me that he did not know that he will be presenting Radar. He only thought he was creating the content with his team. He was even bringing cast for Pierre. One day before the show got on air, Pierre surprised Elie with the news that he is the face of Radar.
Did Elie grasp the opportunity, again? YES.

3- Prove Yourself

Knowing that more than 200 actors, comedians, and critics casted for his position, Elie Sleiman didn’t take what he got for granted. Instead he proved himself and got the respect and the appreciation of all the viewers and guests of the show.
He worked on improving himself show after show, surprising Pierre with the great content and an improved attitude episode after episode.

4- Give Credit To Your Team

I asked Elie for an interview; being the proud friend I am of his viral videos and overall life accomplishments. I was proud of him again when he got his brother to join usconstantly mentioning the content team. No one is successful by himself. Giving credit to your team gets you always ahead of the game. Those who are around you grow big with you!

How Did Elie Make It?
He took the intitiative, grasped the opportunity when it knocked, prove himself, and didn’t take all the credit for his work!

Cover Photo by Jad J. Awada
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You can make it too!
With Love!
M

 

Why Them, Not You [PART I] Xriss Jor

You often tend to think ‘Why Did They “Make It” and You Haven’t Yet!’
The interviews I’ve had with the public figures of this month may answer your questions of why you may want to be them, but instead you’re on your couches watching them do what they’re doing – and they’re getting one step closer to their goals at a time!

– Xriss Jor
Link To Interview: Here
Xriss Jor is a Lebanese-American Singer best known for her appearances on the debut season of “The Voice Arabia.” She is also managed by Quincy Jones.

(Strong, Enthusiastic, Happy, Smart, Passionate, Confident, Bright-Eyes, Positively-Opinionated)

On Being Managed By Quincy Jones:
Everyone thinks she’s so lucky Quincy picked to represent her in specific!
Xriss Jor told me during our interview that she met Quincy through a person she met at the Voice. This proves to so many people who are anti-popular commercial shows wrong and that such shows do get you good deals. Moreover, that you should consider being nice to people you meet randomly; if you are talented but stuck up and in constant-rejecting-mode, you have little chances of getting anywhere!

About Gigs:
One Thing I observed without Xriss having to tell me, is that she is extremely active and receptive! She is what I call a Yes-Girl. I had already briefed Xriss that we will be having an interview a week before going Live, however the same day I asked if she could go live with me, she answered quickly ‘YES’ even though she had a gig an hour after that! That is what I call being really Active – Juggling more than one thing in the same day and taking advantage of your little 24 hours!
Getting Yourself some good  Gigs has a lot to do with eagerly asking for ones (Being Active!); Do It and You Will Definitely Get Somewhere!

As for Popularity:
I personally have thousands of followers on my Snapchat. People tend to call them fans. I hate the word fans. Your supporters are the reason you are whatever you are. You need to give them back – not only good work but appreciation and sometimes, engagement. Xriss Jor called a devoted supporter of hers on his birthday wishing him a blessed year. That Is What Makes You More Loved. AND Do it when you mean it, it shows when it’s fake.

 

Get your feet on the ground, don’t be blinded by popularity once you get a bit known. No matter who you are, you will always be a Big Fish in A Small Pond. Over Arrogance will make you lose your crowd. Xriss insisted over and over again that she is not famous; some bloggers have 30k on instagram and call themselves famous. That is what is making Xriss work on her brand more and more: her Realistic Modesty.

I hope you find this handy in your self-worth self-discovery journey!
With Love!
M

MOVIE VII: Tallatit (2016) M Review

It took me a while to convince my friends to go watch Tallatit at Cinemall – simply for the fact of it being a Lebanese Movie. I was personally excited to watch it ever since I watched its trailer at the Lebanese Movie Guide Awards, however I was disappointed to see the little enthusiasm us Lebanese people have to go watch our own productions. I must admit, I have walked out of a couple of Lebanese movies that, I personally felt, insulted my intelligence and decreased my IQ level, however Tallatit is definitely a must-see for any of you who love to support the local movie industry. Again, the number of people watching Tallatit in comparison to other movies was so low, I felt ashamed!

I’m not sure if one should applaud the director Kristian Abouanni, but the characters in this movie are quite believable; I admired their acting skills! I didn’t find any unjustified movements and theatre recital-kind-of-conversations. I could feel the actors ‘feeling’ – yes, the verb – in this movie. I personally cried – something I do not usually do while watching Lebanese productions.

Tony Issa’s character is so sincere, romantic, and emotional. He’s the man that drives behind you at night and makes sure you are treated like a princess; every girl’s dream love. Carmen Bsaibes’ billboard face is exactly the missing piece when it comes to the overall crew-energy of this movie – a cute poised lady! As for Joy Karam, I don’t know who raised Cynthia and Joy but RESPECT to their GENES; what a Strong Character! Chapeau Bas!

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The message in this movie is not cliché at all and definitely hits the spot when thinking of the Lebanese Media Scene; probably why the movie theatre wasn’t too packed? Lebanese people probably like “tjeljou2” and retarded jokes instead of watching their brutal truth.

Lebanese women have innate gifts; most of us are not ONLY beautiful, we are also not walking sex-and-baby-popping machines. I have met great media professionals who basically offered me media space for a certain ‘price’. I am more than proud to say that I rejected every single walking-sperm who tried to come close to my personal space. Unfortunately, many girls have gone through that road to get to the positions they are at now. Although, every girl and woman is free to do whatever she pleases, EVERY SINGLE GIRL who has done that forgot her value, just like Manel Mallat almost did in Tallatit.

Manel was born with the only gift I call a gift – A Lovely Musical Voice. However, we could see in the movie that she was going back and forth with a ‘producer’ who was offering her a big part in a movie – for a ‘price’. She was focusing on acting ‘for a price’ instead of focusing on her main gift, which is singing.

Isn’t that what so many of young girls in the media are doing just to get famous and be on the big screen?

Also, having her heart torn to pieces by her old partner/muse and due to the society/parental pressure of getting married asap, Manel forgot her talent and lost her self-value and self-confidence – when EVERYONE around her didn’t, including the supportive boyfriend-material-Tony Issa.

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The awful pressure almost-30-year-old women face in this country is the main reason of the disloyal husbands and high level of divorce. Women forgetting their individuality and running after any man who might consider making them pop his babies, is well, disgusting.
I honestly do not know why Lebanese chicks (yes in this context, I will call my gender chicks) would rather go to a club, post selfies and snapchat stories about their colorful-yummy-drinks, wear skinny tight dresses, and talk endless useless conversations about guys, instead of going to watch this socially and cultural/social awakening movie about their/our reality – and perhaps get a hit on their LV heads.

This movie, thank God, is one of the movies that actually stimulates our societies’ brains and does not just go with the flow with the idiocy of our culture. It motivates women to give chances to the right men, to be around the supportive ones, and to be successful.

Go Watch It!

Much Love!
Maya

 

MOVIE VI: NEIGHBORS II (2016) M REVIEW

You can totally rap up the whole movie by saying Zac Efron is effing hot, and you should watch him strip – almost rocking some Magic Mike moves – but I’ll go further in this. For the guys and men who are into lil’ girls, there is a bit of Selena Gomez there too. It’s not the brightest of movies, but since I watched it, here it is:

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Zac isn’t in college anymore, his gay-best friend is getting married and he has to move out. He finds the perfect refugee: A House where Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) and two other freshman girls (Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein) are starting a cool-sorority “Kappa Nu” that actually throws parties unlike other sororities that can only attend frat parties (organized by guys).

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Next door however, are Zac’s former enermies: the Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne). Those who have seen Neighbors 1 know a bit about their psychology, I’d advise watching Neighbors 1’s trailer, however you can totally catch up if you haven’t.

The Radners are expecting a baby and are trying to sell the house. According to them, there is no way they can sell it with crazy sorority parties happening in the house near them.

Zac starts out helping the Sorority raise money and get big, then he takes the old people’s side and decides on tearing it down with the Radners.

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This Movie is 18+ at Cinemall and definitely targets university students; not a lot of wisdom messages there but here are a few things you might learn from Neighbors II:

  • Zac Efron is hot
  • You should grow up, life is not college
  • Zac Efron is hot
  • When your best friend(s) gets married or falls in love, you don’t have to feel left out – they would still love to have you there (third wheeling or being say, a maid of honor)
  • When you do the right thing, it pays off – sometimes, literally; in money buckets
  • Your cannot control kids, the belong to LIFE (Boom!)

Moreover, this movie shows all the homophobes out there that a homosexual guy can still be (best) friends with a straight guy. It exists and you shouldn’t be so paranoid and narrow-minded about it. Chill, no one’s going to rape you.

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Two, this movie caters to those female college students that are not bimbos and hoes. They Exist. Somehow, college movies always classifies the girls into either lifeless church nerds or straight dumb b*tches. This movie is an Easy-A kind of college-movies that show girls who love to party but don’t need those 7-minutes-in-heaven and tequila-punches kind of parties.

Also, (unlike Hollywood movies in the 90s) the three girls starting the sorority (or is it Sorortity?) are not all blonde; one is blonde, the other is African American and the third one is ‘fine’ looking and overweight. They’re all cool. The blonde is still the dominant leader, but they’re all best friends and there is no bossing around. I love that Hollywood is shifting the 90s stereotypes and being more real.

Enjoy the strip!
Much Love!
M

Movie V: Me Before You (2016) M Review

AAAND I finally watched the movie everyone has been ‘crying’ about at Cinemall last night; AAANND I sobbed yes.

In short, Emilia Clarke (playing Lou Clark) is a clumsy simple lazy cute young lady – with a hideous choice of funny colorful clothes – supposedly dating active ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Matthew Lewis (playing boyfriend Patrick); She gets fired from her job and gets a job as a ‘cheerful’ aspect in the life of a handsome man: Sam Claflin (playing Will Traynor) who was previously an adventurous athlete – and has been paralyzed due to a recent car accident. His paralysis is from his chest down. Yes, everything.

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Me Before You is Thea Sharrock‘s movie directorial debut, and if THAT is her debut then I cannot wait to see the next movies she directs. Not that I doubt Game Of Thrones actors’ potential, but the chemistry between Lou and Will, their face expressions, and the beautiful energy between all the actors is brilliant. Also, the psychology behind each character is lovely and well worked on.
Both the screenplay and the novel are written by Jojo Moyes; perhaps that’s why the movie didn’t disappoint those who have already read the book.

 I just watched the trailer to make sure I am not the one spoiling the movie (and I had to repeat 5 times because of it being so addictive!!).

In the beginning of the movie, Vanessa Kirby (playing Will’s ex girlfriend Alicia) helped with the paralysis of Will – not intentionally, but when she asked him not to take the bike. In a parallel universe of selfish people, Will would have blamed his physical condition on her and got her to stay with him for that. On the contrary, later on in the movie, we understand that Will pushed her away after his severe injury. Quote her saying to Lou, “you can only be there for someone who wants you to be there.” Will here was thinking You Before Me with his ex- girlfriend.

Ben Lloyd-Hughes (playing Will’s former best friend and Alicia’s current boyfriend-husband-to-be) was definitely jealous all along from Will. In Will’s birthday video, he even says he hates him, jokingly. The Ex-Girlfriend dating the Best Friend is quite classic! From observation and experience, when these kinds of relationships happen, it’s mostly both not moving on right. It is not them being assholes; it’s them going through the same experience together, and eventually getting attached to each other due to weakness and comfort-seeking. Is it real? It’s mostly never real. Did Lloyd consider Will’s feelings before he proposed to marry Alicia? Definitely not. He was definitely thinking Me Before You.
On the other hand, Will can at least know that his love is in good hands. Optimistically speaking, that’s what Lloyd thought of when he approached Will, with wedding invitations, while Will is living the last 6 months of his life.

Jenna Coleman (playing Lou’s sister “Treena”) pleads Lou not to quit her job so that she can afford traveling to study in Europe. Again, she is thinking Me Before You. Still, all the advice she gives Lou in the movie are quite inspiring. She gives Lou strength from her personal acquired wisdom. That’s what sisters are for, right? She also states that she had her share of hard work. Sometimes, after sacrificing a lot of time and energy for others, you start loving yourself and thinking of yourself first, that doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person.

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Janet McTeer (playing Will’s mom Camilia) and Charles Dance (playing Will’s father Stephen) are in the hardest situation in this movie. Both of their characters are quite admiring. You could feel from the beginning of the movie how the mother is not giving up when she was hiring a young lady to take care of her son. Keeping hope till the last second that Will will change his mind and decide on continuing his life is his parents thinking Me Before You. At the end of the day however, they were fine with him ending his life, which is the hardest selfless decision parents can take – still, it wasn’t their decision – it was his. No one was feeling or living what he was living.

As for Lou, she is selfless. She fell in love and she could do anything. She tried to do everything she could do to get Will to change his mind. She even breaks up with Patrick, who she has been with for seven years. With Patrick, she was thinking Me Before You; he didn’t deserve her thinking otherwise cause he was thinking Me Before You all along when he got her to do the things that HE likes – without taking her opinion in anything.

In the course of Lou showing Will a good time, she experienced Opera and ocean-diving for the time; she gave HERSELF the best time!

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When a person is in love, nothing else matters. Will gave meaning to Lou’s dull life, his paralysis didn’t matter to her. However, his far seeing wasn’t convinced to let Lou suffer with him, he wanted to free her. That’s what love does, it doesn’t lock you and separate you from the world. Love makes you look around and see the beauty of life, love makes you look forward for tomorrow every night and for tonight every morning, love wakes you up from coma so you embrace every wind breeze and every ray of sun, love reminds you of your potential, and when a person loves you, it is the only time that he puts you before himself.

If Will kept her with him, it would eventually turn out to be another Steven Hawking relationship. It would be him being selfish. Just like Will thought of Alicia before himself, he thought of Lou before himself. Love is the only thing that makes you selfless.

Nevertheless, he was ending his suffering when he decided on ending his life, and again that would be him thinking Me Before You – while sparing everyone around him the drama while thinking You Before Me.

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STILL, most of us were in love once. We would give the world to go back in time and spend a good 24 hours with the person we lost or life separated us from, right? STILL, even if love frees us we long to be loved and to be held. STILL, we love the attention even if it were platonic and not physical. That’s what got us all crying in this movie. Caring love is so hard to find.

But was it love what Lou and Will had? Did Lou really love him or did she feel useful with him around? Did she love him or his condition? Did he love her or her innocence? Would Will like Lou if he weren’t paralyzed or would she be serving him wine and being ‘A Nobody’? Would have Will gotten paralyzed had he taken the bike that day? Would he change his mind if he was more in love? Is Love even enough when something so big and serious happens?

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With an active person like Will, I’m sure love is not enough. He enjoyed the company of Lou, he loved her energy. He was there for her and not the other way around. He had lived good days before. When his wheel chair got stuck in sand, he felt embarrassed when buffed men rushed to help. He WAS one of those guys before. It is definitely hard.

Would you end your life if you were sick and someone was willing to take care of you? Would you let your son take out his life?

What I know is this movie makes us learn that no one can change anyone, that no one should root himself into one city, and that life is too short to not think of your happiness and your comfort first before EVERYONE  else.

Brilliant movie with believable and convincing characters! A Must Watch!

With love!

Maya

Dressed by Jean Fares at The Murex D’Or : M Fashion

I was honored to wear a design by @JeanFaresCouture at the Murex D’Or Ceremony this year; and I am glad to have met with a humble, down-to-earth, music-lover, artist, and father like this great man! Not to mention his 23 year old elegant, responsible, witty, and mature princess/daughter Yara Fares.

JF by Jean Fares Fashion was founded in 1992. The brand has its own trademark style, mixing and communicating with colors, asymmetrical cuts, curved lines, and embroidered precious stones on refined gowns. It is the reason for which the most famous Hollywood stars are constantly requested to wear his innovative creations.
Some of the celebrities wore by JF: Paris Hilton, Nicole Scherzinger, Maria Carey, Haifa Wehbe, Shatha Hassoun, and Paula Abdul

All Cosette El Kamar, Sheila, Boosy Shalaby, and Paula Yacoubian wore JF Dresses at the Murex D’Or this year;
Make sure you follow the JF instagram account: @jeanfarescouture and facebook page: www.facebook.com/jeanfarescouture to stay tuned with his latest updates!

My Over-All was all black with a black back-skirt.
To add a twist for the Murex, Mr Jean replaced the half-jupe with the red one!
What do you guys think?


Photo credits  @rodandroy – I will be updating this post as I get more pictures!

With Love!
M

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