“As one of the fastest rising stars in the business Hanaa Ben Abdesslem is certainly having a moment. The Tunisian stunner is the newly minted face of Lancome, a favorite of Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci and is quickly racking up editorial milage in choice publications like V and Vogue Paris.”
It started with a great photo session and a runway that contributed to Hanaa’s breakthrough moment. Also, she knows what she wants when it comes to style & color.
In an interview she says…
MDC: How were you discovered?
Hanaa: It is a bit of a long story. I dreamt of being a model when I was young, but so many have that dream and only a few are able to make it a reality. By chance I met a business woman named Sophie and she connected me to IMG. That led to my first photo shoot for Vogue Paris and starting to do runway shows.
MDC: Are there any misconceptions or difficulties you’ve had to deal with being an Arab model?
Hanaa: There are misconceptions, yes both at home and abroad but the good outweighs the bad. Where I’m from there really isn’t a big fashion industry the way there are in other places. It was always my dream to work in that business and now that I’ve succeeded I hope to become an example for others.
MDC: You’re surrounded by amazing clothes every day, what is your personal style like?
Hanaa: I actually love wearing all black, I’m drawn to very simple things and I think that reflects my personality.