Rabat – The prestigious magazine Business of Fashion has named three Moroccans among the 500 most influential women in the fashion industry.
Aksal Group CEO Salwa Akhannouch, Dutch-Moroccan model Imaan Hammam and fashion editor of leading Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat Jamila Halfichi are all proudly representing the North African country.
The ranking is dominated by the United States with 127 representatives, followed by the United Kingdom (78), and France (47).
Salwa Akhannouch, the businesswoman
Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch is one of Morocco’s wealthiest female entrepreneurs. She holds exclusive rights in Morocco to distribute various fashion brands, such as Zara, Banana Republic, and Gap. She has also built an impressive real estate portfolio, including 50 percent of Morocco Mall—Africa’s largest shopping center, which attracts 15 million visitors each year.
In 2015, Emirati weekly magazine Arabian Business ranked Akhannouch 8th among the 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen.
In October 2017, Akhannouch launched her fine cosmetics and beauty brand “Yan&One” in Morocco Mall”
Imaan Hammam, the rising model
Dutch-Moroccan model Imaam Hammam has quickly found her place in the world of fashion. At only 21, she has already walked on the podiums of the greatest creators, like Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Versace. She is also the first Arab woman to represent the famous lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret.
In 2017, Hammam appeared on the covers of nine different international Vogue publications, giving her the most international covers.
Jamila Halfichi, the voice of fashion
Jamila Halfichi is the fashion editor for Asharq Al Awsat, a leading pan-Arab newspaper founded ‘off-shore’ in London in 1978.
Haflichi launched the fashion section of the newspaper 10 years ago. The influential woman is a prominent voice and critic in the fashion industry.
Before her impressive career with Asharq Al Awsat, Halfichi was a fashion producer for MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) television before the company relocated from London to Dubai.