Miss China was crowded Miss World 2012 with the first runner up being Miss Wales. Jessica Kahawaty won third spot. She is an Australian law student of Lebanese origin. According to LBC, Jessica had participated in 2010â€™s Miss Lebanon contest where she came fourth runner up. [Link]
Fourth Runner up in Miss Lebanon 2010, Miss Australia 2012 and second runner up in Miss World 2012. It seems our standards are pretty high in Lebanon or maybe her wasta wasn’t good enough because she’s prettier than Miss Lebanon 2010.
So summer is here again and with it comes the annual influx of derogatory, poorly researched articles by western â€˜journalistsâ€™ doing their best to pick out the worst parts of Beirut culture after a quick holiday visiting a couple of nightclubs.
Last year CNN made a brave expedition through the jungle of Beirutâ€™s rooftop bars, encouraging the world to think that the city was populated entirely by sparkling idiots who couldnâ€™t care about tomorrow as long as the champagne was flowing and the iPhone still had enough battery to film the dead look in everyoneâ€™s eyes.
This year the Huffington Post have gone one step further, with a piece by David J Constable claiming that
â€˜Beirut has now overtaken both LA and Miami as the plastic surgery capital of the world.â€™ [Full Response]
They have a military wing, go around kidnapping random people to retaliate against the kidnapping of one of their own, invite the media to a Press Release and brag about their doings and then fight between each other on public TV.
Everytime I think we’ve reached a new low in Lebanon, someone comes out to prove me wrong.
Due to international sanctions on Syria, the Air France that changed its original course to Beirut and landed in Damascus was unable to pay for new fuel and had to ask passengers to chip in. Apparently, credit cards were not working and Air France no longer had an account with the Syrian airport authorities. Read the whole story [Here].
I should have posted this before the Olympics but I just found it now. Thank you The Guardian for making this heart warming video. With all the creatives in Lebanon it’s strange why no one did anything similar with the other Lebanese Olympians. [Vimeo]