Hundreds of excited fans packed out Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates on Wednesday night to catch a glimpse of Lebanese singing sensation Nancy Ajram.
The 30-year-old had flown in for an appearance at the finale of Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion event, which concluded with a catwalk show by designer Ingie Chalhoub’s Etoile boutique.
Ajram also graces the cover of the sponsor magazine’s this month wearing a jewel encrusted crown and a white, two-piece creation.
“I wear everything! Well, everything that suits me of course.” said the diminutive star “I like most fashion brands – all the big names – Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen.”
For the public event, Ajram wore vertiginous Christian Louboutin heels, red pants and a billowing cream top. However, it was her accessories that best seem to sum up her mood.
“I’m wearing the new necklace by Lanvin” she grinned, pointing to an oversized gold collier “It says, happy, and yes, I’m happy.”
Having started her musical career aged 8, releasing her first album at 15, the multi-platinum selling artist had some advice for budding songbirds in the region.
“With my first ever appearance on television and I was very nervous and afraid.” she said “So, first of all I would tell [youngsters] to believe in themselves and to really love their career.”
A mother-of-two herself, Ajram isn’t discouraging her daughter’s creative ambitions.
“If they would like to [go into showbusiness] then for sure, I would be the first person to stand next to them and help them. But it’s not easy business.”
Ajram has been named one of Arabian Business magazine’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, yet rebuffed claims of being a workaholic. She revealed that her greatest pride probably stems from her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and that maintaining a sound work ethic was pivotal to her success.
“I would say that I’m proud of doing ‘good’ work.” she said “Most of all, I respect good morals and values [in the workplace]. I never break them.”