Uzbek Gaga: GooGoosha – singing fashion designer diplomat
Gulnara Karimova has attempted to gain international stardom several times as a fashion and jewellery designer.
The mother-of-two was meant to display her creations at last year’s New York Fashion Week but the event was cancelled after a human rights group protested against the show.
Karimova is Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations Office in Genevan and was the Uzbek ambassador to Spain in 2010.
She has been releasing songs in her own language since 2006, but her self-titled album released in June is her first in English.
Karimova was described as glamorous and highly controversial and it was alleged that she had obtained business interests in Swiss-based company Zeromax through a deal with local mafia.
It also seem that despite the music of GooGoosha, she is less than popular. The leaked cables said: ‘Most Uzbeks see Karimova as a greedy power-hungry individual who uses her father to crush business people or anyone who stands in her way,’ and adds that ‘she remains the single most hated person in the country.’[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1vElFOg1zg]