Modest models: The hijab-clad it-girls you need to follow for serious style advice

With 2 million followers on Instagram, this Arab American is making waves online. (Photo courtesy: @ascia_akf)
Updated 29 March 2017

Modest models: The hijab-clad it-girls you need to follow for serious style advice

DUBAI: Instagram is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial style advice, full to the brim of fashionistas ready to be followed for inspiration.
However, there is a certain set of style bloggers making a name for themselves as the pioneers of modest fashion – Instagram’s hijab-wearing it-girls.
Read on for a bitesize round-up of these role models of modest fashion.
@summeralbarcha
This US-based style influencer is known for her love of layering and is followed by 379,000 avid fans.

a little pink in your life

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@hautehijab
Designer and CEO of Haute Hijab Melanie Elturk posts about food, travel and fashion and is followed by 148,000 users.

@heba_jay
This Arab-American fashion blogger posts to her 158,000 followers about everyday outfits anyone can emulate.

@basma_k
This London-based beauty blogger boasts 382,000 followers and has her own unique style.

Weekend vibes

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@ascia_akf
With 2 million followers on Instagram, this Arab American has a lot to smile about. Her account features her show-stopping casual style and trips around the world.

Pretty print ting.

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Megan thee Stallion and Cardi B wear Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran in new video

Updated 09 August 2020

Megan thee Stallion and Cardi B wear Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran in new video

DUBAI: This weekend, US rappers Megan thee Stallion and Cardi B dropped the highly-anticipated music video for their joint single “WAP.” In addition to superstar cameos from the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rosalia and Normani, the music video was rife with statement-making style moments. Think: Neon wigs, custom Mugler bodysuits and leopard-print galore.

Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran also created two coordinating looks, one for Megan and one for Cardi, for the new video. 

The matching outfits included a corseted bodice with a semi-detached train in yellow and salmon colorways.

The video comes just days after the horrific explosion that ripped through Beirut’s port area, killing over 150 people and injuring thousands. The mushroom-shaped blast also left Beirut’s fashion designers reeling amidst the devastation, with damaged or destroyed shops and studios compounding the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jebran took to his Instagram after the video’s release on Aug. 7 to post a picture of his sketch, nestled between rubble and debris following the horrific explosion that destroyed much of his Beirut atelier, showcasing his design process and the reality of the tragic incident. 

“Today, we were supposed to be excited! To celebrate a project in which we defied Covid19 to achieve!” he wrote. “However, our country is mourning and our faces can’t even smile! Among the wreckage, the broken glass and shattered offices lie the glowing colors of hope,” he added, concluding “For better tomorrows, we pray, we hope, we aspire.”

Jebran’s celebrity-studded client list includes some of the world's biggest fashion icons in Hollywood, Bollywood and Arab cinema, from Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez to Priyanka Chopra and Maya Diab.