Lebanese Beauty: Miss Lebanon 2014 Saly Greige
Three weeks ago on Sunday October 5th, the 2014 Miss Lebanon beauty pageant was held and Lebanon crowned a new beauty queen. The winner was 24 year-old 1.72 M (5' 8") tall Saly Greige. Saly will now get to represent her country at the upcoming "Miss World 2014" in London, UK.
Saly Greige, "Miss Lebanon 2014" during the Swimsuit Competition--notice the nude-and shiny-tights--Miss Lebanon 2014
Now, normally, this pageant would go unnoticed by yours truly (and it did for almost a month!) until...I did some web research about writing a blog on pageants in the lead up to the Miss World 2014 Finals in December and I saw the fact that all fourteen of its contestants wore Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Haute Couture for the Evening Gown Competition! It's not every day in the Pageant World that one sees actual Haute Couture as part of the Evening Gown competition. Normally, we're looking at polyester gowns that were bought at the local Prom-and-Pageant shop for under $500. So, yes, this was a treat, to say the least...
Miss Lebanon 2014 stage
Miss Lebanon 2014 Nine Semi-Finalists during the Evening Gown Competition--all contestants wearing designs from Zuhair Murad Haute Couture
Le Zuhair--Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad
Lebanese fashion designer (and JLo fave!) Zuhair Murad was one of the esteemed judges of the "Miss Lebanon 2014" pageant and somehow the organizers coaxed him to actually dress each and every one of the contestants! And not only did they get to wear his creations, they were wearing Haute Couture, hand-made gowns, costing-in-the-$50,000-$100,000+ if-you-were-to-order-these creations!
A) I hope he was payed a handsome sum for this and;
B) Did his Atelier have to make new samples for contestants?
C) Or did the pageant's contestants fit into the runway sample sizes made for the size zero 5'11" Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runway models;
D) Or...maybe his seamstresses just spent hours upon hours folding up the hems since most of the contestants were not as tall as his runway models.
Here's a Recap of the Contestants (and a presenter) and their Zuhair Murad Haute Couture evening gowns:
Miss Lebanon 2014 show presenter Dima Sadek (and Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runway model) in Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Haute Couture black and white silk chiffon gown
Couture Gown Beauties: The nine Semi-Finalists in Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Haute Couture gowns--Miss Lebanon 2014
The Top Two--And The Winner Is...Eventual "Miss Lebanon 2014" Saly Greige (left) and First Runner-Up Elsa Hajjar (right)--Miss Lebanon 2014
Saly Greige "Miss Lebanon 2014" (and Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week model) in Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Haute Couture black and white sequined gown
2nd Runner Up Rouba Monzer (top photo) in Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Haute Couture gown: Rouba wore Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Haute Couture a strapless silver gray organza gown with silver sequin overlay.
Top Five: The new "Miss Lebanon" Saly Greige (center) with her court--Miss Lebanon 2014
Fashion Designer Zuhair Murad with "Miss Lebanon 2014" Saly Greige
Congrats to the newly-crowned "Miss Lebanon 2014"--and PLEASE wear one of Zuhair Murad's Haute Couture creations for the upcoming "Miss World 2014" Finals!!!