All of my cousins and young siblings gathered and we locked the door so that we could watch it secretly, but my dad found out and broke the CD into pieces. That was how I first started discovering my orientation. Ruby was one of the first Egyptian female artists to enter the video clip world with a bold statement soon after the Lebanese artists had started the trend. That period left me with many colorful memories and happy days. I fell in love! Left, top, Fruit Of The Loom. Well, I think I have to ask him that, even though I am pretty sure he would!
Featured image, and image here: Leather jacket and bag, secondhand vintage. White sports pants, Adidas. Why Ruby in particular? Maybe he thinks that kissing scenes in movies are within the context of the scenario. If she had stepped out in that dress here, there would have been hell to pay! Linon white top, Massimo Dutti. The weird thing is, I read comments by some gay people criticizing her for shaking her butt.
All of my cousins and young siblings gathered and we locked the door so that we could watch it secretly, but my dad found out and broke the CD into pieces.
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It made a huge difference in our gay community, the expressions, sensation, sexuality and liberation that this song delivered to every closeted repressed gay man in the Middle East, expressing our emotions through its melody and music video. It just felt good, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, I felt free, liberated and unleashed. Mostly, though, I thought that I needed to advise her to do her eyebrows! A video posted by My.
I remember her being the first Arab artist to cause controversy in everything she did. She never cared about rumors or criticism as she was stronger than that, regardless of her being one of the most common topics to be debated in Arab media, occupying the minds of journalists, writers and magazines. It is as if the Arab female and the Western female come from two different species.
Look how beautiful and sensual we are, let it out, all of it, be free you are an Arabic woman, be proud of it. We used to hear her music everywhere, in the streets, malls and passing cars.
Ruby- Leih Beydary Keda” Bosnian/English Subtitles
Featured image, and image here: From then onwards, I kept a close eye. Her strong personality was all over her melodies and her beauty was beyond compare. That period left me with many colorful memories and happy days. When Ruby first came out, I immediately felt some kind of connection with her, a beautiful bold Arab woman who knows how to dance and sing.
She was a phenomenon. At that time the quality of the video clips and songs began going downhill, becoming weak in substance, story and acting, and focusing more on dancing.
My dad gave me a minute to change the channel. Many other artists came to the scene and offered seduction as well!
I also remember trying to convince my parents to get me an elliptical machine, an exercycle. Maybe he thinks that kissing scenes in movies are within the context of the scenario. She became my favorite Egyptian diva. She was different from all the others and that captivated me. Not helped by the fact that the Arab sex symbol was Haifa Wahbe, a light-skinned, blue-eyed beauty, fixed up to look like an English-Italian hybrid. Maybe heterosexuals look at Ruby as a sexual icon, but they can never understand her impact on us.
Linon white top, Massimo Dutti. I think the impact was more tangible in Egypt as it had a more conservative society. Just the fact that she could sing pop music and switch to Um Kalthoum the next minute was enough to convince me that she actually was more than what we thought she was. Ruby is love, she could be crowned as the Arab gay icon. Why Ruby in particular?
Ruby – Leih Beydary Keda | ليه بيداري lyrics
I remember also that video clip was filmed in the street though in Europe was still somehow rebellious at that timeclaiming freedom of action, movement, sexuality… etc. Back then I was surprised by his reaction, as we were used to watching French movies together with leiy scenes, and I wondered why Ruby was beyond his limit of acceptance?
She simply changed the perception about modern Arabic music. Everybody looked at her admiringly and she remained unharmed. White sports pants, Adidas. It was so fascinating seeing this Arabic, beautiful, young and tan girl in a belly dancing suit walking amongst gaping white people with a shallow depth of field. Ruby… we miss you. I used to listen to her when no one was home.
The weird thing is, I read comments by some gay people criticizing her for shaking her butt. I guess in a way, Ruby is the equivalent of the sex talk our Arabic parents refuse to have with us. Leather jacket and bag, secondhand vintage. I was eager to do the same thing in Wakalat Street in Amman to see how people would react or what they would say.
I used to enjoy drawing attention. I was awed by the liberalism in the West. Once her movie came out, I bought the DVD. Left, top, Fruit Of The Loom. Kali Magazine mykali on Sep 29, at 9: One time, I was watching TV with my dad and it happened that her video clip was on.
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Strappy sandals, Trans-parents Italy. I also recall that time when I had the basic Nokia phone, the one where you can type the note of any song and set it as your ringtone.
I remember her first song was controversial because she mixed belly dancing with singing and came up with something totally new but also sexy! When she entered Kuwait, banning her concert was subtitless in parliament. If she had stepped out in that dress here, there would have been hell to pay!
Ruby appeared in simple fashion styles and offered a spirited performance that entered our hearts quickly, but Arab society is bedyary with contradictions; what enters its heart is one thing, and what comes out of its mouth is something else.