Fashion blogger Nour Arida made quite the entrance at Sunday night’s 2017 Miss Lebanon pageant. Wearing a black, embellished gown fresh from Ashi Studio’s haute couture collection, elevated with Nada Le Cavellier jewelry, Arida stood out from the well dressed crowd. “I wanted a dress that makes you think as I entered the red carpet, that a woman is the most powerful being on this planet,” Arida told Vogue Arabia. “I wanted something that could be transformed into something extremely feminine and soft for the dinner,” she said, referencing the way the dress transitioned from a voluminous gown into a slinky, and form-fitting outfit.
She chose the dress by the Saudi couturier – who celebrated the brand’s 10-year anniversary with a desert fashion show in Abu Dhabi (you can read the full review here) – because she felt that it captured her personality. “It’s who I am as a person, extremely soft on the inside, but with very thick skin,” she mused.
The pageant saw Perla El-Halou take home the crown, suceeding 2016’s winner Sandy Tabet. El-Halou, a 22-year-old business administration graduate, was voted the winner ahead of 14 other contestants, including Jana Sader, Sabine Najem, and Reem Khoury, who were the three runners-up.