Efendi hopes to light up the Eurovision 2021 stage as she gives life to “Mata Hari” — the famed spy and titular character of her upbeat song. And now she’s got a little extra fuel in her fire with the news that celebrated fashion designer Rufat Ismayil will design her look for the stage.

Rufat has worked with countless celebrities. Among them are Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Paris and Nikki Hilton, Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, and Lil Kim.

As you can tell from his client list, he understands the needs of a variety of women — whether they’re slaying the stage or a high-powered business meeting.

 

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“Our main goal in creating a costume for Efendi was to convey the spirit of a strong, confident woman,” he says. “In addition, the presence of national elements was an important point for us, and it was challenging to combine all this into one outfit.”

“The most important thing is that Efendi in the costume should feel like a conqueror of hearts, because it is very important how the artist will present the outfit to the audience.”

Apparently Efendi’s costume will be adorned with precious and semi-precious stones. Her team tell us “it will combine national elements in a modern vision.”

 

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Darren
4 months ago

Damn!! Baku’s been hiding him! What a cute guy

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

He’s so cute but it’s ridiculous that even for her outfit they go for a foreign person and not a local artist. They just don’t trust the local choreographers, designers and writers.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Maybe the hairstylist and make-up artist are Azeri. #ifyouknowwhatimean

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Rufat Ismayil is actually Azerbaijani.

raylee
raylee
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

He’s Azerbaijani

Last edited 4 months ago by raylee
ROXELANA
ROXELANA
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

He’s Azerbaijani

pretty_polly
pretty_polly
4 months ago

Oh Lawd, he sho’ is cute!

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

I can’t get over how bad the “Mata Hari” lyrics are. Or the “Cleopatra” lyrics. No precious stone can do anything about it.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Hopefully Europe will see through it too. No way should this qualify.

gurki loko
gurki loko
4 months ago

I guess another reason for her not to move.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
4 months ago

Well, he seems like a good designer.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

There are certainly some hits and misses.

A R
A R
4 months ago

Like a pro….. (not professional).

Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xFrv8VFctc This is her performing Cleopatra live on The Voice Kids.

Una
Una
4 months ago

I have the feeling that everything is “recycled” from last year. Song, staging, choreo, dress. If only the song were different.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Absolutely this!

Fatima
Fatima
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Yes, and I’ll be very disappointed if Cleopatra’s left-over pyramids feature in the staging. There were no pyramids in world war 1 Europe.

raylee
raylee
4 months ago

they can be inspired by the original Mata Hari look

Last edited 4 months ago by raylee
Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  raylee

Nah, they only used this name because it sounds cool

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Or because it’s the name of a Dutch woman and the contest in the Netherlands! The coincidence! I’m getting dizzy here, I’ve never seen such originality and creativity before. I need to fan myself before I faint!

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Nah definitely because it sounds cool. They probably think it’s some Buddhist term from the Himalaya’s or something.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

HILARIOUS!

Well “Mata Hari” was a stage name. The real name was Margaretha Gertruida.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I know who was, but I definitely don’t think Efendi and the delegation do lol

Trina
Trina
4 months ago
Reply to  raylee

I personally very much hope for the opposite. I really, really hope they do not trot out some lazy European stereotype of a hypersexualized Asian harem dancer.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago

I hope that next to strong, confident and national elements they also took some inspiration out of the outfits of mata hari herself

Last edited 4 months ago by Frisian esc
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Sunday will absolutely kick ass with first rehearsals! So many interesting first looks from Azerbaijan, Romania, Ukraine, Belgium etc.

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The first rehearsals are not the dress rehearsals so maybe when they will put their first steps on the stage, some singers won’t be dressed like they will be for the shows.

Last edited 4 months ago by Esc addict
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I’m aware of that but excited for things such as stagings, first looks etc.

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

me too, I’m counting the days….