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6 Arab Models Who Are Changing The Fashion Industry

Middle Eastern models making their mark on the runway

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7 March 2018

Arab Models Who Are Changing The Fashion Industry

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Following in the footsteps of experienced Tunisian models Kenza Fourati and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Morrocon model Hind Sahli, are the new rising fashion stars of the Middle East. As Arabic models like Gigi Hadid, Nora Attal and Imaan Hammam are currently causing a storm on fashion week runways and effortlessly making their way to the front of magazines.

These Middle Eastern models are starring in high fashion campaigns for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli and Chanel, as well as appearing for H&M and Victoria's Secret. As we wanted to highlight the Arab models recent success and celebrate them this International’s Women’s Day in Dubai on 8th March.

They’re not only beautiful women, but also proudly represent their Middle Eastern roots and their ability to encourage Arabic women to flourish! With a shortage of models from the Middle East, more modelling agencies are starting to scout women from the region and recognise the capabilities of Arab women.

We couldn’t be happier about a greater diversity on the runway, which has also seen Muslim women such as Imaan Hammam and American-Somalian Halima Aden break into the fashion industry. As recent fashion week collections saw more hijabs and modest fashion than ever, Arab models also impressed.

So here are 6 rising models with Middle Eastern roots that you need to keep track of…

#1 Nora Attal

The British-Moroccan model was recently spotted at AW18 Paris Fashion Week walking runways for the likes of Giambattista Valli, Chanel and Chloé. Her fashion experience includes Vogue covers, campaigns for Burberry, as Nora's previous runway shows include Dior, Prada and Versace. Nora Attal was scouted at just 12 as the Arab model is still a teenager and already making moves in the fashion industry.

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#2 Imaan Hammam

A Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, the 21 year old wowed in Versace’s fall 2018 show at Milan Fashion Week last month. As Imaan has also starred in campaigns for Topshop, Vivienne Westwood, Céline, H&M, Givenchy, Armani and Tiffany & Co and walked runways for Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and so many more. The Muslim model is proud of her role as an African-Arabic model as she tries to open doors for Arabic girls.

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#3 Azza Slimene

The Tunisian model only just made her runway debut for Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall 2018 Chanel catwalk during Paris Fashion Week, but we're already tipping Azza to be the next Arab it-girl! The 21 year old signed to Next Models Paris as she also walked for Yohji Yamamoto’s tribute to Azzedine Alaïa at PFW.

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#4 The Hadid Sisters

Gigi and Bella Hadid are the American-Palestinian models we all want to be, with countless runway shows, campaigns and magazine covers between them, the sisters dominate fashion weeks time after time.

Gigi Hadid has even collaborated with Stuart Weitzman, Tommy Hilfiger and Maybelline to create her own fashion and beauty lines, as Bella Hadid is the face of Dior beauty and both sisters have earnt their Victoria's Secret Fashion Show wings.

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#5 Rania Benchegra

The Moroccan model has already starred in campaigns for Anastasia Beverly Hills, Victoria’s Secret and H&M, as this Middle Eastern beauty is a model on the rise and definitely one to look our for.

#6 Sonia Ben Ammar

Sonia Ben Ammar is a French-Tunisian model who has starred in runway shows and campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Miu Miu, and Dolce & Gabbana. At just 19, the model and actress still has a big future ahead of her.

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