Kurdish festival nominates Saddam Hussein's granddaughter as best fashion designer

Published March 23rd, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Banan, whose mother is the former Iraqi dictator's eldest daughter, Raghad, enjoyed a traditional henna party before her wedding, 2014. (File photo)
Banan, whose mother is the former Iraqi dictator's eldest daughter, Raghad, enjoyed a traditional henna party before her wedding, 2014. (File photo)

Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter was named the best young fashion designer at a Kurdish cultural festival held in Amman, Jordan on Monday, Asharq Al Awsat newspaper reported.

The three-day event was held to celebrate the occasion of Nowruz and was orchestrated by the Qandil organization.

Banan, the daughter of Raghad Saddam Hussein and Hussein Kamel and granddaughter of the former Iraqi president, was given the best young designer award.

“I have two dreams: first, my career, second, I want Iraq to be united and go back to what it was like before,” she was quoted as saying by the Rudaw news website. 

“We are all equal,” she said, “there are no differences between us, whether you are a Kurd, Shiite or Sunni.

“The most important thing for me is to do something which I enjoy doing. I built this career with love,” added the designer who lives in Dubai.

A number of Kurdish, Arab and international fashion models showed off clothing at the Jordanian-Kurdish Qandil organization’s fourth Nowruz festival at Al-Ahliyya University in Amman.

Jordanian singer Diana Karazon and the winner of the Miss Kurdistan beauty pageant were on the judging panel.

“I am very happy to be here today. I have come with my mother to take part in this sacred day which is the feast of Nowruz,” Karazon told Rudaw.

Renowned Iraqi singer Hatem Al-Iraqi sang at the event.


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