Fall Fashions While Damascus Burns
Asma al-Assad, Syria’s First Lady, has been laying low these days, what with the civil war and all. But the world can get a glimpse of her on the country’s official Instagram page. There she is, looking right out of a J Crew catalogue.
Asma al-Assad’s good looks have been catnip for Western media.
Remember the 2005 profile of Asma and Bashir by The New York Times? Here’s the description of the “power couple” entering the Damascus opera house:
“President Assad wore a black suit and a charcoal shirt without a tie; Mrs. Assad, a sea-foam green sweater over a sheer top and a white skirt. Her long, honey-colored hair was uncovered. Together they made a kind of visual rhyme with the building: tall, slender and young, they seemed the essence of secular Western-Arab fusion, the elegant doctor-turned-president out on the town with his dazzling British-born Syrian wife, the former J. P. Morgan banker whom Syrians call their Princess Diana.”
And who can forget the fawning profile of Asma in Vogue magazine in its February 2011 issue, right before the Arab Spring broke out? Actually, you cannot find it on Vogue’s website anymore, so maybe Anna Wintour would like to forget all about it.
The emperor may wear no clothes, but his wife, to quote Vogue, is “glamorous, young, and very chic--the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies.”
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