Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad may be fashionable, but she isn’t exactly thoughtful about her image. While her country has spent the last year in the midst of a bloody and tumultuous civil war, according to thousands of personal emails obtained by The Guardian, al-Assad has been shopping up a storm.
Based on The Guardian’s summary and our parsing of the emails, al-Assad has spent thousands and thousands of dollars on jewelry, shoes, furniture, and art. We’ve handily converted the currencies to U.S. dollars (based on current exchange) so that the full extent of her purchase power is clear. Some of the things she bought:
A $4,150 Ming Vase from Harrods (on sale for 15% off!)
An Armani light
$13,500 worth of Christian Louboutin shoes, though it’s unclear whether she actually purchased any. In the email, she forwards an exclusive offer to two of friends, noting “these pieces are not made for general public”. Sadly, neither of them went for it, responding, “I don’t think they’re not [sic] going 2 b useful any time soon unfortunately.. And my shoe closet doesn’t need more friends.. So I’m gonna pass as well..”
$46,000 of chandeliers, tables, and candlesticks from a furniture store in Paris.
Four necklaces from a fine jewelry boutique in Paris, though al-Assad notes that she is “absolutely clueless when it comes to fine jewelry”. Here is how she described them:
- 1 Turquoise with yellow gold diamonds and small pave on side
- 1 Cornaline with yellow gold diamonds and small pave on side
- 1 Full Black Onyx with yellow gold diamonds and small pave on side
- 1 Amethyst with white gold diamonds and small pave on side.
She also emailed a London art dealer inquiring about pieces ranging form $7,000 to $55,000.