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Sofinar Gourian

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Sofinar Gourian

Sofinar Gourian

Belly Dancer

Sofinar Gourian smiling while wearing a red belly dance costume

August 25, 1976 (age 44) (

Sama El Masry, Fifi Abdou, Naima Akef

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Sofinar Grigoryan (Armenian: Ծովինար Գուրյան), also known with her stage name Safinaz (Arabic: صافيناز‎‎), is a Russian Armenian belly dancer famous in the Arab World, particularly in Egypt where she has appeared in several films since 2013.


Sofinar Gourian smiling while raising her hands and wearing a black floral belly dance costume

Sexy safinaz sofinar gourian egypt queen of belly dance abd el baset 2014


Sofinar Gourian smiling while dancing and wearing a black floral belly dance costume

Grigoryan started her career as a ballet dancer but then switched to belly dancing. She had international exposure with video clips on the satellite channel Dalaa. Her breakthrough came in 2013 with her appearance in the Egyptian film The Sweeper (القشاش) that starred Mohamed Farrag and Horeya Farghaly. According to Google data, she was the name most searched by Egyptian Internet users in 2014, outperforming actor Khaled Saleh who died the same year.

Egyptian flag controversy

Sofinar Gourian pointing her finger while wearing a white belly dance costume and some pieces of jewelry

In May 2014, Grigoryan was summoned for questioning by Egyptian prosecutors over a report alleging she insulted Egypt and its people by wearing a dancing costume fashioned after the Egyptian flag. In April 2015, an Egyptian court sentenced her to six months in prison for 'insulting the Egyptian flag' after she wore a tight dress in its red, white and black color scheme. In September 2015 she was acquitted of the charges.

Sofinar Gourian smiling while wearing a black floral belly dance costume


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