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Cosmetic surgery for couples

A bold new concept in the plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement industry is set for launch in Beirut, one that has a focus on “beauty match” when performing cosmetic surgery for couples.

“There is a growing global trend of couples undergoing cosmetic surgery together in an effort to achieve a desired effect from a beauty point of view, where their looks will complement each other,” said renowned plastic surgeon Dr Antoine Abi Abboud.

“We want offer these facilities to couples as part of the offering at our medical centers in Beirut. Our goal is to meet the needs of a section of couple who want to achieve the ‘beauty match’ through advanced plastic surgery procedures for which we are renowned for.”

“Many are spurred on to go under the knife to satisfy their aspiration of imitating the lifestyles of famous couples around the world,” added Dr Abi Abboud, Head of Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at Mount Lebanon Hospital.

“This practice is picking up momentum around the globe, on the lines of earlier trends like ‘Spa for Couples’ or husbands joining their wives during delivery.

“We are fully equipped to provide our patients high quality services in a safe environment, driven by ethical and professional standards. Currently, a large number of couples undergo individual face or body lifts, but the results might sometimes be satisfying to the person himself but not his partner. We think more people will start considering this trend in today’s looks-conscious society,” added Abi Abboud.

From face lifts to eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose job) to facial implants, Dr Abi Abboud offers a full line of procedures for couples. The clinic also performs body lift procedures, including upper, mid, lower and total surgery. This includes lower-body-lift surgery for tightening and sculpting the buttocks, back of the thighs, outer thighs, inner thighs, hips and abdomen.

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Karlie Kloss to star in EXPRESS denim campaign

American supermodel Karlie Kloss has been roped in as the face of the EXPRESS fall 2015 denim collection.

Kloss will star in the retailer’s ‘Fit for You’ advertising campaign photographed by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Claire Richardson. The official campaign launches July 2015 in print, digital, in-store, and on social media.

In the ads, Karlie poses in three key denim styles—Girlfriend, Flare and Legging—which underscore EXPRESS’ fit, fashion and individual style.

“Karlie is a modern icon,” said David Kornberg, EXPRESS CEO and President. “With her social media star status and philanthropic efforts, Karlie inspires and empowers young women globally to feel confident and self-assured.

“And, with her natural beauty and effortless style, Karlie is perfect to communicate a fresh, modern take on the American fashion staple—a great fitting pair of jeans.”

Available in-store and online at express.com beginning this month, the EXPRESS fall denim collection focuses on the best-fitting fashion jeans that are built to last. The collection features an assortment of updated washes and innovative fabrics including the new Performance Stretch jean made from a breakthrough fabric that retains its shape throughout the day.

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Britney Spears in cop role with British Navy

Britney Spears has teamed up with the British Navy – in a role that will see her as a virtual member of the anti-piracy squad fighting Somali pirates invading vessels off the east coast of Africa.

Britney’s chart-topping singles, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time are being used by British naval officers to scare off pirates and is being reported as being more effective than heavy weaponry.

“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Merchant naval officer Rachel Owens was quoted as saying by UK newspaper Metro.

“These guys can’t stand western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.”

In 2011, there were 176 attacks on ships by gangs of bandits off the Horn of Africa. They are such a threat the Royal Navy has 1,500 sailors on 14 warships operating round-the-clock patrols in the area.

Ships in the region are in constant danger from gun-toting pirates boarding and kidnapping crews for multi-million-pound ransoms.

Meanwhile, Britney is currently preparing to release her eighth album, Britney Jean in December. It follows the single Work B*tch, although producer Will.i.am claimed the sound of this track is not indicative of the rest of the record. It is speculated that the record’s sound is being fine-tuned for maximum efficiency against Somali pirates.

“Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music,” Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said.

“I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.” he added.

Will Somali pirates be able to withstand Spears’ ‘deadly’ numbers? Only time will tell.

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Jourdan Dunn tapped for HTC’s INK link

Global fashion icon and supermodel Jourdan Dunn will launch HTC’s campaign for its new Limited Edition of One M9 handsets, which will feature bespoke celebrity body art designs.

A ground-breaking star of international high fashion runways, advertising campaigns and magazines, with an approachable street style and a personal love of body art, Dunn is the ideal choice to launch the HTC INK campaign in the Middle East.

With the look and feel of the HTC One M9 informed by the artistry of high-end fine jewellers, coming in a number of brushed-metal, two tone finishes, Dunn’s HTC INK design will be engraved onto the back of the new mobile phone series.

“My experience in the world of fashion means that I have a passion for creativity and expressing personal style. The HTC INK campaign seemed like a fun way for me to showcase the inspiration behind my own body art and share my love of design. I’m proud to be part of HTC’s campaign and am excited to see people around the world with my creation on their HTC One M9,” Dunn said.

HTC has introduced a competition to fuel the imagination of people in the Middle East and Africa, and give them the chance to win one of these limited edition devices. HTC challenges individuals in the region, with a focus on creativity, to discover the artist within themselves, and share what inspires them, through inspirational henna designs, on Instagram using the hashtag #HTCINK.

At the end of the challenge, on August 13, three winners will be chosen, and each will be awarded a limited edition HTC INK device.

Dunn’s HTC INK design

Jourdan worked with celebrity ‘ink-er’ Cally Jo Pothecary to come up with an image that encapsulated her feelings about a new direction in her life, her excitement over upcoming creative projects, and being able to express her individual style through her partnership with HTC.

The open hand and eye symbolize the need for protection and strength, whilst still being open and approachable in personality and style. The natural leaf-elements and patterns around the outside of each visual reflect the growth in creativity that she is feeling at this time, whilst the sun and moon together indicate balance and harmony in her character.

About Jourdan Dunn

Dunn has championed diversity within the fashion industry and recently won herself a British Vogue cover and Burberry contract – to add to her Maybelline contract, her cooking show Well Dunn with Jay Z’s Life & Times, Victoria’s Secrets runway, and campaigns with CK, DKNY, Hilfiger, Balmain, YSL Beauty and TopShop.

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Ana Ivanovic is Beauty Ambassador for Shiseido

Tennis poster-girl Ana Ivanovic will lend her next-door-glamorous-girl charm to cosmetics giant Shiseido, representing the company’s revolutionary WetForce suncare system, which offers an unmatched world first in sunscreen technology.

“Ana Ivanovic is known for overcoming the odds on her road to success and for her refreshingly relatable personality,” says Yoshiaki Okabe, General Manager and International Brand Director for Shiseido’s Global Business Division.

“With WetForce, Shiseido has also overcome substantial odds and has created a new kind of relationship between sunscreen and water. As a company, Shiseido exists to help women achieve and protect their own beauty. The partnership between Ana and Shiseido symbolizes a mutual dedication to skill, tenacity, innovation, education and reaching for higher levels of performance at every opportunity.”

Ivanovic added:”I have always loved the Shiseido brand and I am truly honored to become an ambassador and join such a well-respected, technologically pioneering global brand. I hope I can inspire other women toward greater confidence and raise awareness about sun protection and Shiseido’s unique innovations.”

About Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic has been travelling the world since she was 12, picking up as many fans as she has air miles. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1987, Ana now resides in Bern, Switzerland.

Having turned pro in 2003, the highlight of Ana’s career came in 2008 when she won the French Open: two days later she ascended to the summit of the global rankings. She currently ranks 7th in the world and works with the adidas Player Development Program and consultant Mats Merkel.

Photo credit: AnaIvanovic.com

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