Vogue Arabia is celebrating their one year milestone with a historic cover featuring two of the Arab world’s most famous models. Two generations of supermodels come together as the legend that is Iman shares the cover with Imaan Hammam.
Speaking about the iconic cover, editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut said, “Finding the right model or celebrity that effortlessly combines an idea of beauty and style, while also capturing the spirit of the times, is an exercise that occupies my mind for the better part of the month. I truly believe that a cover should also encapsulate a message of hope and go above and beyond just a pretty image. This is exactly what we tried to achieve when we invited two of the biggest models with strong ties to the Arab world to be our March cover stars.”
Hammam shares how her Egyptian-Moroccan heritage still inspires her, and how she’s proud to be the modern poster girl for the diversity movement, a door first opened by Iman. “Fashion is all about having a personality – and nothing is as inspiring as the power of being you,” she says.
Inside, Iman writes how she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard in Kenya in 1975 and fought for equal pay as a model in the US. She also speaks candidly about reconciling her religion with her career. “It is an oxymoron to have your foot in the modeling business and to call yourself a Muslim but at the end of the day, you need to look in the mirror and feel good when you ask, am I doing the right thing?”