In a 2016 interview, Afef Jnifen boldly stated that Arab women should start wearing less makeup and embrace their natural beauty, saying “It took me many years to have these wrinkles on my face and I am not going to take them away.” Now, the Tunisian fashion icon, who shares the Vogue Arabia October 2017 cover with Kenza Fourati, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and Farida Khelfa is echoing her previous sentiment when asked by Vogue Arabia’s editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut, what advice, if any, she would give to young Arab women who wanted to pursue modeling. “She should have self-respect and a strong personality above all,” begins Jnifen. “She should accept herself as she is,” she adds in Arabic, explaining that simplicity is better than Botox at 20, fake nails, and excessive makeup. “Less is more,” she simply concludes. Watch the cover star’s full interview ahead where she also discusses the shift in the way Arab women are perceived, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the magazine— out now.
Afef Jnifen On Why “Less Is More”
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