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Best Dressed World Leader's Spouse  
User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

Hi Everyone,

In the spirit of starting threads in which we don't kill each other, how about this one?

Who is the best dressed wife of a world leader?

I nominate Queen Rania of Jordan. She's smart, beautiful, and not afraid to say what she thinks.

She totally blows away the Western stereotypes of Islamic nations and the role of women in them.





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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3336 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Thread starter):
She totally blows away the Western stereotypes of Islamic nations and the role of women in them.

If really want to see a woman that blows Western stereotypes of Arab and Muslim nations, do a quick Google search for Haifa Wehbe.

She's not married to a political leader though...far from it.  Smile



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3319 times:



Quoting BA (Reply 1):
If really want to see a woman that blows Western stereotypes of Arab and Muslim nations, do a quick Google search for Haifa Wehbe.

Wow you really weren't kidding!!!

Bashir Assad doesn't seem to have done too badly for himself:



He's a mystery to me. He's really a doctor and his wife was in investment banking..Seemingly not your typical "dictator"


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3304 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 2):
Wow you really weren't kidding!!!

There are plenty of others but she's probably the most famous.

Because of her iconic status, Pepsi recruited her for their commercials in the Arab world while Coca Cola had been recruiting another well known star for their commercials. You can find them on Youtube.

Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 2):
He's a mystery to me. He's really a doctor and his wife was in investment banking..Seemingly not your typical "dictator"

His older brother, Basil al-Assad was being groomed to succeed his father, but he died in a car accident in 1994, so his younger brother, Bashar the ophthalmologist, was next in line.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3299 times:



Quoting BA (Reply 3):
Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 2):
He's a mystery to me. He's really a doctor and his wife was in investment banking..Seemingly not your typical "dictator"

His older brother, Basil al-Assad was being groomed to succeed his father, but he died in a car accident in 1994, so his younger brother, Bashar the ophthalmologist, was next in line.

I find Middle Eastern politics fascinating. Living in the US it's hard to get a real insight on what's really going on there.

I remember reading an interview with Queen Rania in which she mentioned that King Hussein dresses up in disguises and goes around Jordan trying to understand what the common citizen goes through and exposes corruption.

Imagine being a civil servant and harassing this "civilian" who turns out to be the King! If there is one thing I admire about the Islamic World is their swift sense of justice, no screwing around like here.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3280 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 4):
I remember reading an interview with Queen Rania in which she mentioned that King Hussein dresses up in disguises and goes around Jordan trying to understand what the common citizen goes through and exposes corruption.

I think you mean King Abdullah II, Hussein's son. King Hussein died in 1999 and Abdullah II succeeded the throne.

King Abdullah II is an interesting character. He's pretty laid back and quite adventurous liking many outdoor sports. He did a program about Jordan with I believe the Travel Channel a few years ago and it was pretty much as if he was a local.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

My vote goes to Empress Michiko of Japan.
Masako is also my vote but she does not count as she is only Princess.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3252 times:



Quoting BA (Reply 5):
King Abdullah II is an interesting character. He's pretty laid back and quite adventurous liking many outdoor sports. He did a program about Jordan with I believe the Travel Channel a few years ago and it was pretty much as if he was a local.

I believe King Abdullah II even did a short cameo on Startrek in the mid 90's. I believe he was not officially credited for it though.

Back before he became King, he was pretty much a normal guy, like you and me. The same even with King Hussein. I mean, which King flies himself on an L-1011 or 727 to a state visit, or even makes a short performance with the same L-1011 in an Air Show, like during the 1987 (?) RAT?


User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3059 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3243 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
MadameConcorde

Just for you,Madame.A blast from the past of the once handsome Grimaldi family in which Caroline and Grace made many fashoin statements.BTW.Since when is Vatican City is AKA Monte Carlo? Not sure how that one got by me.(lol)

Big version: Width: 378 Height: 450 File size: 29kb



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User currently offlineMidcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3208 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Thread starter):
I nominate Queen Rania of Jordan. She's smart, beautiful, and not afraid to say what she thinks.

Queen Rania is gorgeous!!!

Tim



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26426 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3193 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 4):
King Hussein

King Hussein is dead.



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User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3190 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 10):
Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 4):
King Hussein

King Hussein is dead.

My bad, I meant King Abdullah II as one of the posters mentioned. I know about King Hussein, he came to the Mayo Clinic for treatment in his last days and if I remember tried to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians while Clinton was still President.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

Speaking of Queen Rania and stereotypes, she launched a Youtube channel earlier this year dedicated to combating stereotypes:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7524933.stm
http://www.youtube.com/QueenRania

Here is one of her videos:




"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26426 posts, RR: 76
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3186 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 11):
I remember tried to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians while Clinton was still President.

A peace deal was reached between the Israelis and Palestinians while Bill Clinton was the President, and Hussein was a strong force behind the scenes. He was also an ace fighter pilot and well loved in the amateur radio community.

That said, Abdullah has been an excellent influence in the international community, from his attempts at peace in his own region to his pro-active role in helping rebuild New Orleans after Katrina.



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User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

definately this one....

http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/msnbc/C...26-carla-bruni-vmed-930a.widec.jpg

the one on the left aint too bad either lol


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