AT THIS VERY MOMENT, the world is in the midst of experiencing a second medieval age. But don’t just drop whatever you’re doing and start oppressing peasants because, fortunately, our Medieval Age 2: Horse-drawn Boogaloo, comes to us in the form of a revived cultural exchange between the West and the Middle East. However, compared to the first go-around all those hundreds of years ago—when both cultures were swapping medical and scientific knowledge—something much more important is traveling across our borders today. Namely: Hot babes, the hottest of which include…
5. Dominique Hourani
Hourani is a former top model and current professional beautiful person from Lebanon. She is also too good for you. You can probably gather as much just by looking at her but it turns out that this luscious Lebanese lovely also has a pretty magnificent brain, which has helped her obtain an MBA and two other degrees in Psychology and Accounting. That’s right: not only can Hourani completely crush your self-esteem by merely existing, she can probably also calculate on the spot how much money you’ll have to spend on therapy to get over her.
4. Hind Sahli
The fashion industry thrives on newness and Moroccan model Hind Sahli is probably the most exciting thing to happen to the industry ever since fashion designers suddenly all realized that their creations don’t have to make any goddamned sense.
Hind Sahli is currently turning heads while working with such names as Marc Jacobs, Kenzo and Vera Wang for a couple of reasons. For one, she is very young, and in the immortal words of Barney Stinson, “New is always better” (especially with whiskey). Two, she is a practicing Muslim and thus puts a pleasant, human face on a sensitive issue that’s been dividing the Western world for some time now. Three: That. Face.
3. Annabella Samir Hilal
Someone should definitely check out what are they putting in the water in Lebanon because our third hottest Arabic model is a) from Lebanon, and b) possibly even brainier than Dominique Hourani. Long time professional beauty contestant and current TV presenter, the 26yo Hilal is also the proud holder of a Master’s Degree in law, hoping to one day become a judge while most of our Western models’ ambition seems to be focused on redefining the medical definition of “starvation.”
Additionally, Hilal is capable of laughing in your face and refusing your advances in three different languages: Arabic, English and French, which she speaks fluently.
2. Hanaa Ben Abdesslem
Together with Hind Sahli, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem is challenging the Western preconception about Muslims while also forcing me to assume that all Middle-Eastern models must have names that start with an H.
Hanaa is a full-pledged Muslim from Tunisia, meaning that she doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke. What she DOES to, however, is continue to work with big fashion names in Europe and the US, while trying to foster better relations between the West and her home country. That, plus looking like a beautiful hybrid of David Bowie and Morena Baccarin.
1. Afef Jnifen
Though most of us probably can’t pronounce Jnifen’s name correctly, her stunning beauty does a fine-enough job of reaching beyond the language barrier and punching us right in the jealousy center of the brain.
The daughter of a former Tunisian ambassador, Jnifen traveled the world from an early age while honing her skills of not giving a single, solitary fuck towards authority, be it her traditional Muslim upbringing or the former authoritarian government of Tunisia. According to Jnifen’s own words, it was because of her fiery personality that she had to leave her home country and settle in Italy, otherwise she’d continuously get into trouble, which could had stopped her from becoming a model. Thankfully, the world has been spared that particular disaster.