Most of you already know that It models and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are half-Palestinian, but it might take you by surprise to learn that Jenna Dewan Tatum also has Middle Eastern roots. We’ve done our homework to bring you six international celebrities that you probably didn’t know were of Arab descent.
The blond bombshell was born in Colombia to a Spanish mother and a Lebanese father. Her Arab roots have heavily influenced her music career, especially her belly dancing skills, which she showcases in her music videos.
It seems that Ariana Grande may have Algerian or Moroccan roots. In 2014, the 18-year-old pop star posted a status on Facebook that read, “Just found out my grandparents are heavily Greek and part North African,” adding, “I thought I was Italian. My whole life is a lie.”
The actress of mixed heritage may have been born to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother; but in an interview, The Avatar star revealed that she is also proud of the Lebanese ancestry that she inherited from her mother’s side.
Jenna Dewan Tatum
Jenna Dewan Tatum is an American actress, dancer, and model (and married to Magic Mike star Channing Tatum). The brunette beauty boasts an ethnic cocktail—her father is half-Lebanese and half-Polish while her mother is half-German and half-English.
Grammy award-winning singer Paula Abdul is of Syrian descent. Her father was born in Aleppo, Syria and raised in Brazil. The former American Idol judge has lived in Syria, Brazil, and the US.
Hailing from Mexico, Salma Hayek has a Spanish mother and a half-Lebanese father. Her paternal grandfather was born in Baabda, Mount Lebanon, in Lebanon. Salma means “peace” in Arabic.