Dutch-Arab model Imaan lands Vogue Arabia cover with supermodel Iman

For Vogue Arabia’s anniversary edition, the pair appear side-by-side in contrasting black-and-white looks. (Vogue Arabia)
Updated 01 March 2018
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Dutch-Arab model Imaan lands Vogue Arabia cover with supermodel Iman

DUBAI: She is somewhat of a legend in the world of modeling and now Iman Abdulmajid, who goes by her first name only, is gracing the cover of Vogue Arabia’s March edition alongside Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian beauty Imaan Hammam.
For the magazine’s anniversary edition, the pair appear side-by-side in contrasting black-and-white looks, dressed in Saint Laurent and Brooklyn-based brand Wrap Life turbans.
The publication shared one of three covers on Instagram, writing: “Two generations of icons unite for the anniversary issue of Vogue Arabia, with not one, but three covers.”
American-Somali star Iman is one of the most iconic supermodels in fashion history. The 62-year-old model is widely praised for having led the way for the many models of color who have followed in her path.
In her interview with the magazine, she shares how she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard in Kenya in 1975 and recalls how she fought for equal pay as a model in the US.
Iman also spoke about reconciling her religion with her career.
“It is an oxymoron to have your foot in the modeling business and to call yourself a Muslim, but at the end of the day, you need to look in the mirror and feel good when you ask, am I doing the right thing?”
Meanwhile, Hammam, of Egyptian and Moroccan descent but born in Amsterdam, was discovered at Amsterdam’s Central Station when she was 13-years-old and is now a world-renowned advertising, editorial and runway model.
In her interview, the 21-year-old model shared how her Egyptian-Moroccan heritage still inspires her and how she is proud to be the “modern poster girl for the diversity movement.”
“Fashion is all about having a personality — and nothing is as inspiring as the power of being you,” she said.


MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Updated 20 September 2018
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MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

  • Rawan Bin Hussain is one of the largest influencers in the region
  • Aside from launching a lipstick line, the Kuwaiti blogger studies law in London

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti influencer, who has 3 million Instagram followers, talks about studying law, learning to fly and why gender biases are ‘so 1800s’

Being a fashion blogger is not the opposite of being a lawyer – they don’t conflict. I didn’t leave law behind. I’m still studying it. I could have moved to Dubai and made millions a month like other bloggers, but I’m not. I’m living in London making nothing a month because education comes first for me.
To show that lawyers don’t only fight for justice in court, but also in real life by giving back to the community, I launched a law association in Kuwait for female law students, law graduates and lawyers. If you have knowledge in the field of law, I want your experience and we can work together to do charity work and attend workshops.
I’ve always loved traveling around the world, so why not have my own license and my own airplane jetting around the world?
I don’t mind taking risks because I think people who don’t take risks are cowards. Life is fun, life is full of experiences, full of lessons. If you don’t fail and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t achieve anything in life. It doesn’t come on a plate of gold. You have to work for it.

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A lot of people think that when you are a beauty icon, you are an empty head, empty-minded. We are not. A lot of bloggers are good mothers to their children, they are engineers, doctors, lawyers. They have a career, they just choose to do blogging, which is what they love, and I respect it because you should do what you love and love what you do.
We need to stop stereotyping, criticizing, judging based on the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she appeals to others. I cannot please everybody as, most of all, I need to please myself.
I regret being too transparent sometimes. I am too spontaneous. I say my opinion in a very casual way – maybe I don’t think about the circumstances or the consequences. But if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn a lesson.  
We shouldn’t look as men as competition or a dangerous threat. We can work together to make this world a better place.
As a woman, I want to say look at me, I’m here. I can be a lawyer, a pilot, a public figure, an entrepreneur. I am capable of doing so many things. Men need to see that and respect that and not underestimate us because we are females. Judgment based on gender is so 1800s.