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9 Models You Didn't Know Were Arab

Here's what you need to know about Arab women making their mark in the fashion industry.

Ah the supermodel - that rare breed of human, genetically engineered to always look effortlessly fabulous, be beautiful and skinny and perfect and make other people seethe with jealousy just looking at them. Bitches. Anyway we often see waif-like Nordic-type blondes strutting down the runway or Adriana-Lima-esque Brazilian beauties plastered all over glossy magazine, but here are some models, who don’t hail from Brazil or from some small town in Russia, but are actually Arab. Yes, these women have broken stereotype and made it big in the fashion world. 

1. Gigi Hadid 

Her father is Palestinian, and fun fact, her mum is one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She's modeled for Elle, Vogue, Sports Illustrated and was a Guess girl.

2. Elisa Sednaoui

Her father's half-French, half-Egyptian, so that officially makes her one quarter Pharaoh! He also happens to be the architect of Christian Louboutin's Luxor house apparently… She's modeled for Georgia Armani, Roberto Cavalli, and Chanel eyewear. 

3. Hanaa ben Abdesslem


She's full on Tunisian, has modeled for Chanel and Hermes, and landed a cosmetic contract with Lancome.

4. Karima Adebibe

Half-Moroccan, her biggest claim to fame is that she was selected to be the 7th model for Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series.

5. Yamila Diaz-Rahi

She's half-Lebanese, half-Argentinian. She's been in Sports Illustrated, covered GQ, Elle, and Glamour, and has appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue. And she's that Davidoff Cool Water girl.

6. Hind Sahli

She's Moroccan and has graced the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, and has been featured in Vogue Italia.

7. Amina Kaddur

She's Algerian, and we’re not entirely sure who she's modeled for but isn't she pretty?

8. Sabrina ben Amor

The Tunisian beauty has modeled for Christian LaCroix and Longchamps, and Azzaro.

9. Sana Soegard Belal

The half-Danish, half-Tunisian model has walked for Blumarine.

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