These are the Arab women in the show…

As the 2018 Victoria Secret Fashion Show approaches, we’re celebrating all of the models who have walked in the show that have Arab heritage.

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Melie Tiacoh

Melie was born in France, but has Lebanese heritage (along with being part Ivorian, Italian and French Guinean). It’s the fourth time the 5’9 model has audition for Victoria Secret, and  the 2018 show is the first time she has been accepted to appear. Discussing the fittings for the upcoming event on social media, Melie said “Today was a dream. I finally found out what I am going to wear and cannot wait for you guys to see!”.

 

 

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Shanina Shaik

Former Emirates Woman cover star, Shanina Shaik is set to star in the 2018 Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Shanina has appeared in the show multiple times, making her debut back in 2011 at the age of 20.  Speaking to Emirates Woman about her Saudi Arabian heritage (her dad is Saudi-Pakistani) she said ““I definitely feel closer to my father’s culture… I love the cuisine. I’m such a foodie and was raised on curries and Arabic desserts”.

 

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Imaan Hammam

Imaan is half Moroccan and half Egyptian, and was born in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The 22-year-old model debuted in the 2015 show, but is currently not expected to appear in the 2018 show. She has previously said how important it is for her, to be a role model to young African and Arab women.

 

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Gigi Hadid

23-year-old Gigi will be returning to the Victoria Secret Fashion Show for the second time. The international supermodel is well-known for speaking out about her Palestinian heritage and her support of Palestine. Her father businessman Mohammed Hadid is Jordanian-Palestinian, and has previously talked about his experience as a refugee in Syria.

 

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Bella Hadid

Gigi’s younger sister, 22-year-old Bella, will also be returning for the second time to the Victoria Secret catwalk. In the lead up to the show, the famous model wrote on social media “I can’t wait for you to see all of the beautiful outfits …I’m so grateful to be a part of the show again, feeling happier and healthier than ever.”

 

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