Since making her catwalk debut for Vivienne Westwood last year, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem has walked for Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy and Ralph Lauren as well as gracing the pages of French Vogue. Now, news reaches us that the 22-year-old Tunisian is the new face of French beauty giant Lancôme, in a move that will make her the brand’s FIRST EVER Muslim ambassador.
The gorgeous Hanaa has already expressed her determination to make a difference, telling New York Magazine: '[People in Tunisia] have this misconception of what modeling is about. Modeling can be a career choice, too. I plan to change this misconception within my culture.'
'I met an Arab woman, Sophie Galal, who shared my views and ideas about changing and exposing the true challenges of the modeling profession for the Arab world…She soon became my manager and presented me to IMG.'
There’s certainly no doubt that the beauty world has worked hard to expand its worldview in the last couple of years, changing the way it approaches both makeup and skincare to cater for different skin-types and tones. In the fashion world, meanwhile, the modeling industry continues to search for girls from across the world to represent their cultures.
Paul Rowland, head of Ford's women's division told the New York Times: 'My ideal legacy at Ford would be to open up the idea of beauty, not only being classic but being global. I want to find girls in Egypt or Sri Lanka or India — all the places where people don’t look.'
'Her universal beauty simply channels the je-ne-sais-quoi that makes the uniqueness, strength and charm of every Lancôme woman, said Youcef Nabi, the President of Lancôme International. And we have to agree.
by Rose Beer