As we witness a breakthrough of true diversity on the runways, with Halima Aden leading the way as the first hijab-wearing high-fashion model, the fashion desk delights in listing the top Arab models and Arabian beauties working at the top of the game. From the Hadids to Lagerfeld‘s go-to runway star from Tunisia, we celebrate Middle Eastern model talent at the cutting-edge of cool.
Name: Imaan Hammam
Fashion CV: Seven Vogue covers, with campaigns for Topshop, Vivienne Westwood, and Céline as well as runway walks for Givenchy, Fendi, and Lanvin. See her first Vogue Arabia cover shoot here.
Gigi’s Fashion CV: More than 22 Vogue covers, with campaigns for Versace, Balmain, Stuart Weitzman, and Moschino as well as runway walks for Elie Saab, Chanel, Bottega Veneta and Victoria’s Secret. Is the face of Maybelline.
Bella’s Fashion CV: More than 8 Vogue covers, with campaigns for Fendi, DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Nike. Is the face of Dior Beauty.
Name: Hanaa Ben Abdesslem
Fashion CV: Photographed for Vogue Paris, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Russia, with runway walks for Chanel, Giambattista Valli, and Oscar de la Renta. She is the first Arab model to be featured in the Pirelli calendar and first Muslim spokesmodel for beauty house Lancôme.
Name: Kenza Fourati
Fashion CV: Shot for Vogue Paris and Italy, with runway walks for Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, and Valentino. She has also launched her own fashion line. Kenza shares her pregnancy tips with Vogue.me here.
Name: Nora Attal
Fashion CV: Featured in Vogue UK and Vogue Arabia, with campaigns for JW Anderson and Burberry as well as runway walks for Loewe, Dior, Prada, and Acne Studios. Here we spotlight her best runway walks.
Name: Sonia Ben Ammar
Fashion CV: Campaigns for Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana, with runway walks for Chanel, Miu Miu, and Dolce & Gabbana. Read our interview with Sonia here.
Name: Hind Sahli
Fashion CV: Photographed for Vogue Spain and Vogue Arabia, with campaigns for Estée Lauder and Miu Miu as well as runway walks for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.
Name: Rania Benchegra
Fashion CV: Shot for Anastasia Beverly Hills and Victoria’s Secret sleepwear and workout collection. Appeared in the H&M Forever Summer campaign with a cameo in Victoria’s Secret PINK campaign.
Lead image: Imaan Hammam photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for the April issue of Vogue Arabia