Recently, Arab models have begun to make it big, bringing some much-needed diversity to the fashion world. From gracing magazine covers to gracing the runways of Paris and Milan, the tides are turning and these emerging models have a lot to do with it It is no secret that the modeling industry has, for decades, been Euro-centric and severely lacking in diversity.
With regional female models taking over the international fashion scene — a new wave of promising young Arab male models have flooded our IG feeds. MILLE asks: who should we keep an eye on and why are we so obsessed? Initially a boxer, he found commercial success after signing with Next Model Management at an early age. Although his Instagram is super low-key, he still shares his Fridays at the mosque, and his outdoor workout sessions with his followers. What a dream to walk in the grand palais Thanks amiparis. A post shared by Ali Latif ali. Ali is also one of the many faces of Balmain Hair with his atypical strong face features. With his brown hair and deep light green eyes, the Los Angeles based young model has starred on the covers of Teen Vogue and Paper Magazine. We like his edgy look and his cool, proud-to-be-Palestinian attitude.
The promising young faces to watch
The Egyptian soldiers looked incongruous, armed yet peaceful. The layering of an amateur shot of a Cairo street in upheaval over a traditional Japanese screen painting created a new, imagined world — perhaps one where the Egyptian revolution ended well. This was one of many photographs by Arab and Iranian women on display at the museum — part of a wave of creativity by Middle Eastern artists currently hitting the American capital. I also found time to browse a pop-up shop of Lebanese fashion designers in Georgetown, in a hip minimalist loft space with a live DJ. I would put this at the top of my list of recommendations, though I am biased as a Lebanese. Five years into the Arab uprisings, as the news out of the Middle East is dominated by headlines about the Islamic State and failed revolutions, many in the West are asking: Where are the young, pluralistic, forward-thinking Arabs, the ones who can lead the region to a better future, the ones who shape the landscape?
In a historic first, three Arab films—all dealing with the political and social challenges faced by Arab youth—were nominated for Academy Awards this past March for best foreign language film Omar , Palestine , best documentary feature The Square , Egypt , and best documentary short Karama Has No Walls , Yemen. Though none took home the Oscar, their recognition by Hollywood is a tribute to the high quality of Middle East filmmaking and, by extension, the importance and value of supporting and empowering Arab artists and their work. Since the Arab uprisings in , artistic expression has exploded in the Arab world. Freed from the fear and self-censorship that inhibited their older peers, Arab youth are turning to graffiti art, theater, poetry, rap, film, and multimedia to amplify their frustrations and shine a lens on the challenges faced by their societies.