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Meet Argentina’s new first lady: a Lebanese model with Muslim heritage

Mauricio Macri is married to and has a daughter from Juliana Awada, who comes from a Lebanese and Syrian descent

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Argentina’s President elect Mauricio Macri, who is vowing to correct problems created by the South American’s previous government, happens to be married to a woman of Lebanese and Syrian descent.

Twice divorced, the 56-year-old Macri is married to the 41-year-old model and fashion entrepreneur, Juliana Awada, with whom he has a daughter.

Awada’s father is a Lebanese immigrant - native of Baalbek, and mother of Syrian immigrant background, and both are Muslims in heritage.

In an interview with La Nacion newspaper in 2012, Awada said her father is a liberal Muslim who had no objections when one of her sisters married in a church or when her other sister married a Jew.

Mauricio Macri, presidential candidate of the Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, his wife Juliana Awada and their daughter Antonia gesture to their supporters after the presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22, 2015. Conservative opposition candidate Macri comfortably won Argentina's presidential election on Sunday after promising business-friendly reforms to spur investment in the struggling economy. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Mauricio Macri, presidential candidate of the Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, his wife Juliana Awada and their daughter Antonia gesture to their supporters after the presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22, 2015. Conservative opposition candidate Macri comfortably won Argentina's presidential election on Sunday after promising business-friendly reforms to spur investment in the struggling economy. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY