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Meet Janet Jackson’s Arabian Knight Heartthrob…Wissam al Mana via [necolebitchie]


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Janet Jackson’s Boyfriend: “I’m Fortunate To Be Dating My Dream Woman”

by Bitchie Staff |

“I don’t date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me” -Wissam Al Mana in VMAN

I don’t know much about Janet Jackson’s boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, but he seems like a special type of guy who’s not afraid to openly express his feelings for her. In a recent feature for Harper’s Bazaar November Issue, we find out more about the 36 year old billionaire including what he does for a living, how he likes to dress and what he considers his dream girl.

I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now.

Read his Harpar’s Bazaar feature below:

Career in a nutshell:
I work in a family business founded by my late father over 60 years ago. Today our group comprises over 50 companies in the Gulf region in real estate, automotive distribution, engineering and construction, retail, food services and media, and is managed by my two brothers and I. In 2004 I wanted to expand our retail division nto luxury. Today, our luxury division comprises of over 40 stores in the Gulf, representing brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Balenciaga, Chloé and Roberto Cavalli. We have also developed two Saks Fifth Avenue department stores, one in Dubai and the other in Bahrain, with plans to open more.

How did you pick your career path:
I spent many years growing up in London where I developed an early love of fashion and remember applying for a job at every fashion boutique on the Kings Road. At 14 I finally found a weekend job at a multi-brand store. I really enjoyed it and began to acquire an insight into the world of retail that would prove crucial for my career.

Who is your career role model:
My father was a very humble and down to earth man, and was known for being very honest and trustworthy. He taught us many great values such as to treat our employees with dignity and respect.

What ambitions do you harbour:

I would like to get more involved in art, photography and design. I would also like to get more involved in philanthropy and maybe take some time off everything to do just that.

What do you wear to work:
I’m usually wearing a pair of jeans by Dior, PRPS or Dolce & Gabbana. An Hermès or Balenciaga hoodie, Rick Owens tank top and leather jacket with a pair of sneakers or Louboutin hi-tops. Sometimes I wear a suit – only Giorgio Armani made to measure – with an Hermès shirt, belt and shoes. When I’m in the GCC I like to wear my traditional attire; thobe and ghutra, which is so comfortable and I love the fact that it’s tailor made and you can choose between different fabrics. Besides, it’s part of my culture and heritage.

Who is your dream woman:
I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now.

What is your dream boy’s toy:
Ha! That’s funny because my girlfriend [singer Janet Jackson] just bought me the most amazing gift; a 1964 Lincoln Continental convertable with suicide doors… and it’s in mint condition. That’s my ultimate boy’s toy.

Is greed good:
Greed is terrible. I think we need to learn how to be content with what we have. Money doesn’t buy happiness, nor do material things.

Via BV & Rhymes With Snitch

Art+Motion = The Brick Haus Ballerina bka Misty Copeland via [L.Matlock]


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My GFC family members Saint & Steve-O told me about Misty Copeland… by looking at this picture I could see why they would take an interest in her lol…

Misty is regarded as the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre… however; that can be contested as Nora Kimball danced with ABT in the mid 80’s… at which time Misty was just a toddler… But Misty is the first in 2 decades to achieve the honor…

It took a lot of sacrifice, love & dedication for Misty to be where she is now… Misty started studying ballet at age 13 after being introduced to the dance form at her local Boys & Girls club… the instructor of the program noticed her took her under her wing. Misty signed a managerial & life story contract with her Boys & Girls ballet teacher Cynthia Bradley. She stayed with the Bradley family during the week & went back home to her mother & siblings on the weekends… this arrangement lasted for nearly 3 years… During which time Misty performed in shows, won awards & scholarships… Misty studied independently for her sophomore year in H.S. At the end of her summer San Francisco ballet experience that year, her biological mother informed her she would be moving back in with her family.

Misty believed she wouldn’t be able to dance anymore so she ran away from home & filed for emancipation. Her mother counteracted by filing a restraining order against the Bradley family… talk about drama! Her mother believed the Bradley’s were brain washing Misty… after all the entire emancipation idea was brought up by them & they even secured the lawyer who represented her in the case. After her mother informed her that she would not have to give up dancing Misty stated she didn’t really understand the term emancipation & that she no longer wished to continue the process.

She moved back home & started to attend school full time & danced in the afternoons. The Bradley’s still had authority & rights to 20 percent of Misty’s earnings until she turned 18. In 1999 Misty auditioned for several ballet companies… each one offered her a spot in their summer programs… Misty chose the ABT… she performed in their summer intensive program in 1999 & 2000. At the end of the summer 2000 program, ABT offered Misty to stay… they wanted her to skip her senior year… they would pay for her housing, performances & academic arrangements… Misty joined the company but returned to California for her senior year… In 2001 she became a member of it’s second company Corp de ballet… she worked her way up the ranks from there & the rest is history!

Lets just say I’m slightly jealous… when asked as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up I always replied a ballerina… I even walked around the entire house on my tippy toes… who knows, if I didn’t change my mind by age 7 Misty might have had some serious competition! LOL

Misty Copeland

A rare black dancer in the world of classical ballet, Misty Copeland has catapulted through the ranks since she started dancing at the relatively late age of 13. Now a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, she’s a standout for the rigor and poetry she brings to the classics and for her no-holds-barred attack and energy in contemporary works. In March the California native, 27, was handpicked by Prince to star in his “Crimson and Clover” video. Its success on the Internet has won her a whole new following.

Giorgio Armani’s beaded gray and black silk dress, at Armani/5th Avenue, New York.

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