Queen Moza bint Nasser Al Missned has devoted much of her public life to promoting education, but it is the cabinet of the Qatari royal family that has been in the spotlight recently as her country hosted the FIFA World Cup.
Sheikha Moza, mother of the current Emir of Qatar and wife of former leader Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is one of the most beautiful women in the world. The 63-year-old is also the modern face of one of the world’s most repressive regimes, which outlaws homosexuality and has historically supported Islamist terrorist movements in the Middle East, including Hamas.
The Guardian described Moza as “the enlightened face of a deeply conservative regime”. He has been referred to as the “de facto ruler of Qatar”.
Black-eyed and regal, she is widely regarded as a favorite among her husband’s wives. The couple have seven children, ranging in age from 31 to 44 years.
Sheikha Moza was born in Qatar, but grew up in Egypt and Kuwait, where her father lived in exile as an opponent of the regime. She returned to Qatar in 1977 at the age of 18 to marry Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family who eventually overthrew her own father in a bloodless coup in 1995. She is the second of his three women.
Sheikha Moza (far left) with two of her seven children, Sheikha Hind and Sheikh Jasim, at the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup in Doha on Nov. 20, 2022. mozabintnasser/Instagram
The sheikh with her husband, former Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who overthrew his father in a bloodless coup in 1995. AFP via Getty Images
While women in Qatar are still subject to male guardianship laws – meaning they cannot study, travel abroad or hold a job without the consent of male relatives – Sheikha Mozah has a particularly wide range of freedom regarding travel and their attire. Many consider her not only the husband of the former ruler, but also the mother of the current emir, Tameen bin Hamad al-Thani, who had to compete with his 10 full and half brothers for nine years to ascend the throne. Had to do first (his 13 sisters were not eligible).
Moza, who has been described as “the Babe Pale of the Middle East,” was named in an international best-dressed list in 2015. An Instagram fan account, sheikhmozafashion, breathlessly describes her outfits and has more than 214,000 followers.
The sheikh’s penchant for fashion has also influenced business decisions: in 2010, the Qatari royal family purchased London’s iconic Harrods department store for $1.7 billion; Two years later, he bought the famous fashion house Valentino in Italy for more than $ 857 million.
The Sheikh met Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in 2017. PA Images via Getty Images
In 2017 she met Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in The Hague. Getty Images
Actress Jodie Turner-Smith (right) greets the Sheikha at the Fashion Trust Arab Awards in Doha in late October 2022. Dave Bennett/Getty Images for Faas
Moza at the extremely chic Le Meurice hotel in Paris in early November 2022. sheikhmozafashion / Instagram
“Besides being a beautiful woman, she is very calm, speaks softly and knows what she wants,” Brazilian designer Victor Genk told O Globo newspaper. “She asked me to make some adjustments to the pieces she ordered. Those with short sleeves asked for longer sleeves and those with plunging necklines asked for a more discreet look.
In fact, Moza is known for her clever ability to adapt vintage Chanel pieces to Qatari decency, as well as adapting modern designs from Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior.
“It’s my mental therapy,” Moza recently told Vogue Arabia. “When I’m tired, I go to my dressing room and look at my wardrobe, and I try to mix things up and put them back together.”
Sheikha wears a bright orange abaya in Qatar just after the start of the 2022 World Cup. sheikhmozfashion / Instagram
Daughter Sheikha Hind (left) joins Moza at the opening of the “Coming Together” sculpture in Qatar in early November 2022. sheikhmozafashion / Instagram
She also told the magazine that she doesn’t have a stylist “because I can’t find anyone who understands what I want.”
During a state visit to the United Kingdom in 2014, Moza wore a Chanel Couture suit with icicle fur boots, which British designer Julian MacDonald noted that “every first lady since Jackie O has the most fashion sense.” There was no global resonance.” During the same 2014 visit to England, she wore a chrome green Dior skirt suit to parliament, a red Valentino dress to a banquet at Buckingham Palace and a black and gold Armani Prive trouser suit to a meeting with British business leaders. On her last day in London, Sheikha wore a burgundy double-breasted jacket handcrafted by Jean Paul Gaultier’s atelier and complemented by Cartier jewellery.
Moza is often photographed on trips to Paris and she regularly appears in fashion shows. Among her close friends is socialite and former Brazilian model Bethy Lagardere, who was married to the late Jean-Luc Lagardere, the billionaire owner of Hachette, which published Elle magazine worldwide.
Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the son of Sheikha Moza. Getty Images for IAAF
In 2010, the al-Thani family acquired London’s giant department store Harrods for $1.7 billion. Bloomberg via Getty Images
“He has a great interest in culture,” Brazilian writer Nelida Pinon, who invited Moza to the exclusive Brazilian Academy of Letters in Rio de Janeiro, told the Post. “She is an enchanting woman…so beautiful but also incredibly down to earth. You can never imagine a woman so important being so spontaneous.
Instead of eating at fancy restaurants, Pinon said, Moza preferred a traditional “comida por quilo” in Rio, where food is served by the kilo and service is almost entirely do-it-yourself.
But not everyone is a fan. The sheikh has been accused of manipulating her son’s upbringing and criticized for not paying much attention to women’s issues.
Meanwhile, Moza enjoys independence in her own education and holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy in Islam and a degree in Sociology from the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He received honorary degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College London, and Georgetown University.
The sheikh exchanged gifts with Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican in 2016.AP
Moza stars at the 2021 Fashion Trust Arab Awards Gala in Doha. Getty Images for the Qatar Museum
Over the years, she has worked to promote education reform in her country through the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a non-profit organization founded by her husband the year he became wealthy. The group has recruited institutions such as Georgetown University and Weill Cornell Medical College to build the Qatari campus.
The Sheikh was also designated a UNESCO Special Envoy for Education in 2003 and was instrumental in establishing the country’s Philharmonic. Most recently, he chaired the organization of the myriad art installations to be unveiled in Qatar during the World Cup, which ends on December 18.
Naturally, she chose an incredibly stylish – and meaningful – designer outfit for the tournament’s opening ceremony on Nov. 20: the custom Prada dress and winged Chaumet brooch she also wore in 2010 when Qatar hosted the World Cup. Had bid on