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6 Things to Know About Moroccan Model and May 2021 Cover Star Malika El Maslouhi

Malika El Maslouhi photographed by Dan Belieu for Vogue Arabia December 2019

After taking the runways by storm, Malika El Maslouhi has landed her very first solo Vogue cover. The Moroccan model stars on Vogue Arabia’s May 2021 issue, which is dedicated to the remarkable craftsmanship that makes the fashion world go round.

A rising star and one to keep on your radar, read on for six things you need to know about El Maslouhi.

1. The model was born in Milan to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother and is signed with agencies in London, Paris, and Barcelona.

Malika El Maslouhi for Dior Resort 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

2. Having started modeling at 18 years of age, El Maslouhi’s four-year-old career is already studded with revered houses like Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Moschino, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren.

3. Besides being a fixture at fashion weeks, the 22-year-old model also has many campaigns under her belt. Her portfolio boasts international names including Jacquemus, Off-White, Lanvin, Calvin Klein Swim, and Zadig & Voltaire.

Nora Attal, Nour Rizk, Malika El Maslouhi, Leyla Karim, Greiss, and Hayett McCarthy, Vogue Arabia, December 2019

Vogue Arabia December 2019 cover. Photography: Dan Belieu

4. Although this is her first solo Vogue cover, it is not the first time the model has starred in the magazine. In December 2019, El Maslouhi was featured in Vogue Arabia’s group cover alongside fellow models Nora Attal, Hayett McCarthy, Nour Rizk, and Leyla Karim Greiss.

5. While being proud of her Moroccan heritage, El Maslouhi aims to inspire young Arab women in fashion to lead the charge for change. “On a smaller scale, I have become a reference point for several young women telling me how proud they are to see an Arab girl representing them on a global stage,” she shared with Vogue Arabia. “It gives me energy every day to fulfill that role, and to try to represent a positive light for Arab women so we can progressively and constructively move forward. We – as much as all women – try to break out of the norms that have existed for generations.”


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6. El Maslouhi’s passion for uplifting regional talent extends beyond the runway. She recently became the first model to collaborate with Ishkar on a collection of handcrafted accessories. The London-based retailer is an online marketplace for artisans from Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan to showcase their work and earn a living.

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