Which Arab country dominates the top MENA models?

In a region filled with glamourous women and top desiginers, which Arab region dominates the list of most beautiful models? (File Photo: AP)

Afef Jnefin

Tunisian actress Afef Jnifen poses as she arrives for the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 19, 2016 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France.  ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

Tunisian actress Afef Jnifen poses as she arrives for the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 19, 2016 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France. ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

The audacious Tunisian model recently gained popularity in the region following her role as a judge on the Arabic edition of “Project Runway” launched by MBC - alongside world-renowned Lebanese fashion Designer, Elie Saab.

She started modeling in France after leaving her home country in 1988 as she struggled day-in and day-out trying to fulfill her hopes to become one of the most successful models in the Arab world, as well as an inspiration to many. The Tunisian-Italian fashion icon is now married to the CEO and owner of the well-known Pirelli.

Jessica Kahawaty

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Jessica Kahawaty Savoir fLAIR

An Australian-born Lebanese model, Kahawaty was crowned beauty queen of the Lebanese community living in Sydney. She finished as second runner-up in Miss World 2012 competition.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in law, speaks three languages fluently, as well as enjoys playing the piano. She also presents OMG Stars program on YouTube.

Rym Saidi

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Satiety Paper

This Tunisian fashion model is the eighth most beautiful woman in the world according to World Actuality, beating the likes of actresses Monica Bellucci and Eva Mendes, who ranked 22 and 44 respectively. The stunning Megan Fox was listed number 6 while the Indian actress Priyanka Choupra came in the fourth place.

Iman Hamaam

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Livin Cool iman hammaam

This Dutch model was born to a Moroccan mother and an Egyptian father. She started her career in 2014 as a model for the best fashion designers including Givenchy and Calvin Klein. She is a characteristic supermodel with a tanned complexion and corkscrew curls.

Hind Al-Sahli

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Hind Sahli attends the Happy Hearts Fund Fight For Education Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 16, 2016 in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Happy Hearts Fund/AFP

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Hind Sahli attends the Happy Hearts Fund Fight For Education Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 16, 2016 in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Happy Hearts Fund/AFP

Al-Sahli’s modeling dream came true when she was picked up by an agency in Morocco in 2008, then moved to New York after signing a contract with DNA agency. During an interview, she recalled how her family were supportive of her career, as well as never being subjected to any discrimination for being a Muslim.

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem poses for photos at the 2013 Pirelli Calendar red carpet event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. (AP)

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem poses for photos at the 2013 Pirelli Calendar red carpet event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. (AP)

This Tunisian model turned into a celebrity in the Arab world following her participation in the reality program ‘Mission Fashion 2’ in 2007 where she was listed as second to kick off a fashion modeling career 2010. She walked for the British designer Vivienne Westood, as well as Givenchy in the same year. She became the first Muslim Lancôme ambassador.

Leïla Bekhti

French actress Leila Bekhti poses as she arrives for the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 13, 2015. AFP

French actress Leila Bekhti poses as she arrives for the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 13, 2015. AFP

The 32-year-old French model is of Algerian origin. She studied theater and played roles in several French films and episodes such as Tout ce Qui Brille and Je t’aime and Sheitan.

Kenza Fourati

Kenza Fourati attends the 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue unveiling party, in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP

Kenza Fourati attends the 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue unveiling party, in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP

Fourati’s family moved to Tunisia soon after she was born in France. She stayed there throughout her school years studying in a French school before moving back to France to study literature at Sorbonne University, she also studied film making in London, England.

Having been born a Muslim, she said she is perfectly comfortable modeling swimsuits after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in 2011. She stated in an interview: “I’ve grown up in an Islamic environment, but I can appear in swimsuits, why should we segregate between the Islamic culture and my choice to appear in swimsuits?

Karima Adebibe

Karima Adebibe, 20 years old from London who has been chosen as the new international face of 'Lara Croft' action hero, poses for the media in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Karima was chosen from thousands of hopefuls, and will now embark on a gruelling training programme to prepare her for the role. (AP)

Karima Adebibe, 20 years old from London who has been chosen as the new international face of 'Lara Croft' action hero, poses for the media in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Karima was chosen from thousands of hopefuls, and will now embark on a gruelling training programme to prepare her for the role. (AP)

Born to a Moroccan father and an Irish mother, the 31-year-old grown and nurtured in Tangier, Morocco before her family moved to settle in London. She began her modeling career for top cosmetic brands, and in 2006 she was chosen as the face for the promotion campaign of the famous video game Lara Croft.

Amina Kaddur

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Listal amina kaddur

Kadour was born in Algeria in 1988 and appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine in 2008. She was on the list of the sexiest Arab women for 2010.

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