Here are our top seven picks for the most beautiful First Ladies of the World.
1. Queen Rania of Jordan
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah is much more than just a queen.The beautiful, intelligent, and Queen Rania of Jordan made Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most powerful women 2009 for the second time ranking #76 better than 2005 ranked #81.
Balancing a modern outlook with a deep concern for her people,since she entered the spotlight after she married then Prince Abdullah in 1993, she has become known for her philanthropic work, pushing for better educational facilities for Jordan’s school children and supporting efforts to empower women.
Feted by the West (she has been interviewed countless times, including a half-hour appearance on Oprah), she was named the third most beautiful woman in the world by Harpers and Queen magazine in 2005.
She’s unquestionably the most beautiful — First Lady in our list.
2. Asma al-Assad – Syria
There’s no doubt international politics has become more interesting to style watchers these days – thanks to Carla Bruni, and of course, Michelle Obama.The First Lady of Syria, Asma Al Assad ‘s beauty has been described as All-Natural Beauty by major magazines.She understands that when it comes to makeup, less is the new more and makeup should compliment ones natural features.
Asma Al Assad love Christian Louboutin platforms, sunglasses, and her signature wavy hair. The above photo shows you her natural look to her classic style.
With high accomplishment in investment banking,unlike other first ladies of Syria, she has an important political role in the country as she participates in numerous political and diplomatic events. It is said that she is among the most important decision-makers in Syria.Influenced by liberal ideas in economics, she tried to convert her husband to liberalism.
She is also involved in charitable and humanitarian organizations, as well as in movements for the emancipation of women.
3. Mehriban Aliyeva – Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan’s Stylish First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva,we love a first kady with a strong sense of style.Like Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni,Mehriban Aliyeva is very fashion-conscious.She’s beautiful, accomplished and a qualified medical doctor.
4. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy of France
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is one of the world’s most photographed and most financially successful first lady in the world.
Carla is what we call one helluva fashionable first lady. Since she got married to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has made waves over what she does –and doesn’t– wear.The Italo-French songwriter, singer, and former model sued a fashion chain for nearly $170,000 for printing a nude image of her on tote bags.
Hottest political woman in the world,beautiful and bionic, serial heart-wrecker, rocker arm candy, arrogant heiress, polling gimmick — the first lady of France has been called all this and more.
Also, she is the first First Lady to have nude pictures posted on the Internet,she boasts in one of her songs of having “30 lovers.” She was, of course, exaggerating she later explained; she’s only had 15.
After she aged out of her career as one of the most highly paid models of the 1990s, with campaigns for Dior and Chanel and some 250 magazine covers to her credit, she became a musician.
Her last full year as a model, she made $7.5 million U.S. in 1998, according to BusinessAge magazine. It’s a hefty sum, but money is the least of her worries. As the heiress to a Turin-based manufacturing fortune, she should have a Jaguar parked in her driveway for the rest of her life.
5. Michelle Obama – USA
Mrs. Obama is most certainly beautiful. She possesses a type of beauty that you don’t see to often. A powerful, loving, strong willed, self-assured woman. Many will look up to her.
We know Michelle is insanely stylish. Even though she’s not a supermodel, she’s probably the most attractive first lady we’ve had since Jackie O.—who was rather “interesting-looking” herself.
From Mrs. President to casual Michelle to party girl to queen of the night, the current First lady seems to be showing off a fashion sense which has class, variety, personality and many followers: A fashionable woman with a modern approach to dressing, the “new Mrs. O” blends pieces from high-end designers, leaving behind the power suits that were fitting for the first part of her career, Michelle Obama’s new look is a softer approach to style that perfectly suits her stately role.
It is a rare accolade for a political spouse, but Michelle made it on to celebrity magazine People’s annual list of the world’s 100 most beautiful people.
Legendary model Iman said in an interview,“Mrs. Obama’s looks and beauty is the type that when you get older you just get better looking with age.”
Essence included her on its 2006 list of 25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women, and 02138 featured her in a collection of the most prominent Harvard Alumni.
6. Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma, wife of Moroccan King Mohammed VI,very beautiful with gorgeous red hair.But wait, she’s not just pretty, but very intelligent.She play a great role in the Moroccan government.
7. Chantal Biya – Cameroon
There’s no denying that Chantal Biya is a beautiful woman but her Bold Fashion and hairstyle has been a favorite of a handful of bloggers and magazines.
The most stylish first ladies of the world are Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni of France but Chantal’s brand of Sasha Fierce meets Chaka Khan fashion sense with you.
Her signature mix of custom made traditional couture and luxurious Western labels (she’s mentioned Chanel and Dior as favorites) is sometimes clownish, sometimes over the top, but always delightful! Some might say she’s tacky, but many argue that she’s the best thing to happen to first lady fashion since Michelle hit Washington D.C.
As surprising as this fact may be to some, especially those of us in the United States, soccer is actually the most popular sport on the planet. While some leagues begin their seasons in the spring, others begin in the fall and carry through the winter.
Here’s our list of the 7 most impressive football (soccer) stadiums in the world.
7. Maracana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Estádio do Maracanã, officially Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, is an open-air stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, it is named after the Maracanã neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. It was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, and in the final game Brazil was beaten 2-1 by Uruguay. Since then, it has mainly been used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama. It has also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events. Although the paid attendance at the final game of the 1950 FIFA World Cup was 199,854, the stadium currently seats 82,238 spectators. It was the main venue of the 2007 Pan American Games, hosting the football final, and the opening and closing ceremonies.
Photo by Arthur Boppré
Over time, however, the stadium also has become a multi-character space to receive other events such as shows and games from other sports, such as volleyball. After several works of modernization, the current capacity of the stadium is 82,238 spectators, making it the largest stadium in Brazil and South America.
The Maracanã is currently closed for renovations and upgrades, and will reach a total capacity of around 85,000 spectators in preparations for the 2014 World Cup, the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The stadium reopening is forecasted for early 2013, in time for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The stadium in the 2007 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony. Photo by Ricardo Stuckert/PR
6. Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain
Camp Nou, often erroneously called “the Nou Camp” in English, is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The stadium, located in the west of the city, has been the home of FC Barcelona since its construction in 1957. It has hosted numerous international matches at a senior level including two UEFA Champions League finals, the most recent being in 1999. It seats 99,354, making it the largest stadium in Europe and the fourteenth largest in the world in terms of capacity. Its official name was Estadi del FC Barcelona (FC Barcelona Stadium) until 2000, when the club members voted to formally adopt the popular nickname Camp Nou. It held UEFA five-star status until that rating was superseded by a new system of classification in 2006 in which the Camp Nou is now an elite stadium.
Though opposed by Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona initially approved the sale of its former training ground Mini Estadi to remodel the stadium on its fiftieth anniversary. The plans are on hold because of the financial crisis of 2009.
Photo by DJ Lucifer
5. San Siro, Milan, Italy
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, originally and commonly referred to as the San Siro because of its location, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan, Italy and has the capacity to seat over 85,000 guests. It is the home of both A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. The stadium is named in honour of Giuseppe Meazza, the two-time World Cup winner (1934, 1938) who played for Internazionale, and briefly for Milan, in the 1930s and 1940s. It held UEFA five-star stadium status which was superseded by a new system of classification.
4. Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
Donbass Arena is a stadium with a natural grass pitch in Donetsk, Ukraine that opened on 29 August, 2009. The facility is located in the center of the city, in the Lenin Comsomol park. With a capacity of 50,000 spectators, the Stadium hosts FC Shakhtar Donetsk matches and will host some matches in Euro 2012. It meets the requirements for an UEFA Elite 5-star Stadium rating.
The initial estimated cost of the project was USD 250m. USD 30m has been allocated to set up a recreational park around the Stadium. The final cost of the project will reach USD 400m.
Photo by Elparadiso19
Photo by Elparadiso19
3. International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
The International Stadium Yokohama, a.k.a Nissan Stadium is a sports venue in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
The Yokohama City Office planned multi purpose about the rest place for flood by the Tsurumi River, which included the construction of the main stadium of major sport events - the 53rd National Sports Festival of Japan (Kokutai) in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1998, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Yokohama.
Photo by Waka77
The Stadium inaugurated in March 1998. It is the home stadium of Yokohama F. Marinos of the J. League and it hosted the National Sports Festival as its main stadium, under its first planning in the opening year.
Yokohama International Stadium has the highest seating capacity of any stadium in Japan, with a total of 72,327 seats.
It hosted three first-round games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the final game between Germany and Brazil was played there on 30 June 2002 (the game was won by Brazil, 2–0).
On 28 August 2009, Nissan Motors announced that they would not renew the contract for the naming rights of the stadium, which expired on 28 February 2010. But the negotiation was continued with the city office, and they made new construction for more three years on the expired day, 1 March 2010.
2. Wembley Stadium, London, England
Wembley Stadium (often referred to simply as Wembley, or sometimes as the New Wembley, to differentiate it from the former stadium on the same site) is a football stadium located in Wembley Park, in the London Borough of Brent, England, which opened in 2007 on the site of the previous 1923 structure. The 90,000 capacity venue is the second largest stadium in Europe, and serves as England's national stadium. It is the home venue of the England national football team, and hosts the latter stages of the top level domestic club cup competition, the FA Cup. It held UEFA five-star stadium status which was superseded by a new system of classification. It is owned by English football's governing body, the Football Association (The FA) through their subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL). The old Wembley stadium, which opened in 1923 as the Empire Stadium, often referred to as "The Twin Towers", was one of the world's most famous football stadiums until its demolition in 2003.
Photo by Thomas
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1. Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa
FNB Stadium, known as Soccer City during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is a stadium located in Nasrec, the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters (SAFA House) where both the FIFA offices and the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were housed. Designed as the main association football stadium for the World Cup, the FNB Stadium became the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,700, However its maximum capacity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup was 84,490 due to reserved seating for the press and other VIP's. The stadium is also known by its nickname "The Calabash" due to its resemblance to the African pot or gourd.
Photo: 2010 World Cup - Shine 2010
You used to only see sped-up footage of a flower growing from seed to bloom in science class, but modern technology has made time-lapse videos easier to make than ever before. Digital cameras allow for an endless number of still photos to be taken without added cost, while high-definition capabilities catch the smallest details in the greatest brilliance. Some photographers set up a video camera and let it run for hours, only to speed it up for viewers; others set up a digital camera to snap photos at set time intervals, which they then stream together using computer software. Whatever the technique, the results have been some seriously awe-inspiring clips. Forget about time standing still, the 7 clips below show the beauty that occurs when you speed it up.
This photographer set his Pentax K110D camera equipped with Harbortronics DigiSnap 2100 to take a photo of maturing cornstalks every 29 minutes and 45 seconds over a 10-day period.
Let It Snow
When a massive blizzard swept through Belmar, New Jersey, in December 2010, a local photographer captured the winter wonderland scene every 5 minutes for 20 hours. He then compressed the images so you can watch several feet of snow accumulate in 40 seconds.
Tokyo at Its Finest
London-based cameraman, editor and motion graphics designer Stefan Werc perched his Canon 7D camera on a tripod to snap these thrilling shots of Tokyo. He then used After Effect CS4 to edit them into a 2-minute video capturing the movements of one of the largest cities in the world.
Le Tour du Monde
Paying tribute to Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in 80 Days, duo Romain Pergeaux and Alex Profit spent three weeks touring London, Cairo, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York and London, during which they snapped 640 images with a Sony HX5V Cyber-shot. They then condensed the pics into this 80-second video.
It may not be the most appetizing video, but the decomposition of these fruits and veggies is definitely interesting. Over a span of 74 days, Henry at Webiocosm.com took a photo of fresh produce in a large tub under his house every 40 minutes with his Canon PowerShot S3 IS. Using GBTimelapse software, he then played the images back at 30 frames per second.
We’ve all seen a cup of ice turn to water, but definitely not this quickly. Another time-lapse work by Henry, this video was shot with his Canon Power Shot S3 IS camera, and was then converted into video with GBTimelapse software at 30 frames per second.
Fire and Rain
Colorado-based artist Justin VanAlstyne is the force behind this scenic video of Wellington, Colorado, from three years ago, when he filmed a calm sunset with storm clouds brewing over the horizon.