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.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.