When it came to who to put on our Fall/Winter 2018 cover, the answer was a “No Brainer”. Award-winning record producer DJ Khaled is the face of the newest issue of Vogue Man Arabia, with the multimillion-selling artist opening up about his Arab roots in an accompanying interview.
Born Khaled Khaled in New Orleans to Palestinian parents, the music star may have grown up in the States – but his heart is in the Middle East. Having lived for two years in Palestine during his childhood, the devoted father is keen for his son, one-year-old Asahd, to experience the joys of his homeland in the near future. “I remember it every second, every day. I remember running through the streets of Ramallah. I remember the amazing food – the maqluba, the kibbeh – and the olive trees, they are just beautiful. It’s incredible. A lot of people see what I do but they don’t know that inside my home is a real Arabic salvation,” DJ Khaled reveals in our cover story.
The chart-topper also opens up about his Muslim faith, how his parents instilled in him an incredible work ethic, his relationship with stars such as Jay-Z, and the “light of his life” – his family. As editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut notes in his editor’s letter, “DJ Khaled is a caring father and family man who, even though he focuses to ‘win, win, win, no matter what,’ always puts his young and extremely Insta-famous son to bed.”
Alongside the insightful interview with the music giant, our biannual edition also features actor Amr Waked, who shares his favorite Barcelona jaunts, model Jon Kortajarena, who opens up the doors to his home, Lebanese musician Guy Manoukian, and four Middle Eastern graffiti artists revolutionizing the region’s landscape. When it comes to grooming, we reveal why the mustache is here to stay, and explore the vampire hair implants that are sparking the end of the bad comb-over.
In the latest issue, which hits shelves this week, you’ll also find a profile of the young male designers shaking up heritage fashion houses (think Virgil Abloh, Kim Jones and Anthony Vaccarello), as well as shoot with the region’s rising models, the versatile timepieces to add to your look now, and the ultimate Fall trend report for men.
Editor-in-chief: Manuel Arnaut
Photography: Michael Schwartz
Style: Terrell Jones
Photography assistants: Eric Bouthiller, Amanda Yanez
Digital tech: Merlin Viethen
Interview: Alexandria Gouveia
Shot on location at The Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
With thanks to Sarah Hobson and Neal Hamil