LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 10am

Asia's 6 Most Stunningly Beautiful First Ladies

Once upon a time, every woman who were once little girls harboured dreams of growing up to become a princess.

And why not? Princesses are typically deemed as mesmerizingly beautiful, and possess an abundance of elegance, poise, and grace, not forgetting are also seen dressed in the most dazzling outfits.

These wonderful traits are also expected to remain immortalised with her, even as she grows older and eventually turns into a queen.

But outside of story books and Disney movies, the legend is quite true as there are ladies in real life that possess these traits and have magically mesmerised us all with their enchantingly good looks.

Here, we put the spotlight on six of the most stunningly attractive first ladies that our continent has to offer.

6) QATAR: Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

Known as a fashion icon and global fashionista, Mozah is the second of the three wives of the former Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

She also holds a Degree in Sociology and is actively involved in politics and society. On top of holding top positions in various organisations and foundations, she was also the driving force behind Education City and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel.

Her impact has been so significant that in 2011, she was ranked by Forbes at number 75 on their ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ list

5) BHUTAN: Queen Jetsun Pema

Fans of Games of Thrones will be familiar with the character Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Dragon Queen. But did you know a real life ‘Khaleesi’ exists in the form of Jetsun Pema? In Bhutan she holds the title of ‘Druk Gyaltsuen’, which literally does translate to Dragon Queen.

Having just turned 25-years-old, she graduated from Regent’s College, London with a degree in International Relations and minors in Psychology and Art History.

During her free time, this exquisite lady indulges herself in fine arts, painting and basketball.

4) JORDAN: Queen Rania al-Abdullah

Now here is a queen that most people can relate to – she is an avid user of social media such as Facebook, where she has over 4 million likes, Twitter (3.88 million followers), and YouTube (almost 40,000 subscribers).

She uses these various platforms to advocate the causes of education, community empowerment, cross-cultural dialogues, health, youth and micro-finance.

3) SYRIA: Asma al-Assad

Born to Syrian parents but raised and educated in the United Kingdom, Asma holds a Degree in Computer Science and French Literature from King’s College, London. After briefly pursuing a career in international investment banking, she moved to Syria to marry president Bashar al-Assad.

In 2011, Vogue published an article on her titled “A Rose in the Desert”, but later was removed from its website without editorial comment. After a while the editor stated that “as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that (Syria’s) priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue”.

2) DUBAI: Princess Haya bint Al Hussein

From one royal family to another, Princess Haya is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, while in 2004 she got married to the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Matoum.

She holds a Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the prestigious Oxford University and also happens to be an accomplished equestrian, having represented Jordan in international show jumping.

1) PERAK: DYMM Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Zara Salim Davidson

We know, we know. You’re saying that Perak is not a country. But technically neither is Dubai, so we’re staying put and including her in this list.

Tuanku Zara is the great granddaughter of the 24th Sultan of Kedah, Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, while her grandfather, Tan Sri Syed Omar Syed Abdullah Shahabudin was the former Kedah Menteri Besar.

This woman of such elegant beauty also has a very impressive educational background, having obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University.

She is also quite an athlete having represented Perak in swimming during her student years in the 80s and also being active in tennis, squash, and taekwondo.


- mD