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The Vogue List: Arab Models Redefining Fashion

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Gigi Hadid for the debut issue of Vogue Arabia, styled by Brandon Maxwell and photographed by Inez and Vinoodh.

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.

Imaan Hammam for the April issue of Vogue Arabia, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

Name: Imaan Hammam

Origin: Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian

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 Hadid and Bella Hadid backstage at Moschino during Milan Fashion Week Fall Winter 2017. Getty

Name: Gigi and Bella Hadid (See their style file here)

Origin: American-Palestinian

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 Vogue covers, with campaigns for Fendi, DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Nike. Is the face of Dior Beauty.

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem at Chanel during Haute Couture Week Fall 2011. Indigital

Name: Hanaa Ben Abdesslem

Origin: Tunisian

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.

Kenza Fourati for Pinko Fall Winter 2015 Campaign.

Name: Kenza Fourati

Origin: Tunisian

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 here.

Nora Attal for Vogue Arabia by Ward Ivan Rafik.

Name: Nora Attal

Origin: Moroccan-British

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.

Sonia Ben Ammar (left) at Dolce & Gabbana during Milan Fashion Week Fall 2011. Indigital

Name: Sonia Ben Ammar

Origin: French-Tunisian

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.

Hind Sahli (right) for Vogue Arabia shot by John Guerrero.

Name: Hind Sahli

Origin: Moroccan

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.

Rania Benchegra photographed by George Favios

Name: Rania Benchegra

Origin: Moroccan

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

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