The young models want to “break social and cultural barriers and spark conversations around the region and beyond in fashion.”
Rabat – Moroccan models Nora Attal and Malika El Maslouhi feature on the latest cover of Vogue Arabia alongside three other models under the banner “Arab Girls Rock.”
Vogue Arabia’s December 2019 cover features five “diverse models reshaping the industry” from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, and Lebanon. Each model is “representing their DNA with pride while breaking free from misconceptions” about Muslim and Arab women.
“Celebrate with us the allure of Arabian beauty,” the magazine captioned the cover in an Instagram post.
“With Moroccan, Egyptian, Algerian, and Lebanese blood running through their veins, Nour, Malika, Hayett, Leyla, and Nora are bringing the flair of the Arab world to the international fashion scene,” says Vogue Arabia’s editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut.
The new generation of Arab models aims to “break social and cultural barriers and spark conversations around the region and beyond in fashion.”
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“The Middle East has a bigger influence than ever in fashion, and I’m glad to be a part of it by representing it,” explains Attal in an interview with Vogue Arabia.
“A lot of Arab women inspire me in what they do, from human rights activism to succeeding as beauty entrepreneurs or filmmakers who are shedding light on women’s struggles in the Middle East.”
The London-born model, 20, also graced the covers of Vogue Arabia and British Vogue in 2017.
El Maslouhi, born in Italy, took to Instagram to celebrate the achievement. The 18-year-old shared that she is “honored” to share her very first Vogue Arabia cover “with such strong and proud beauties.”
Vogue Arabia, established in March 2017, is the 22nd spinoff of the American fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue. Vogue has branches around the world, from Brazil and Mexico to Italy and Russia.
Vogue Arabia is based in Dubai and distributes its material throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Lebanon.