Why Imaan Hammam should be your model inspiration

Model Imaan Hammam. Photo: Instagram (@imaanhammam)

Imaan Hammam has been the talk ever since she graced the red carpets, multiple Vogue Arabia front covers, took designer runways by a storm, and showed off her amazing self on Instagram.

Hammam is actually a Dutch model, but she holds a Moroccon-Egyptian background. A few of her beauty notable accomplishments are appearing on the most International Vogue covers of any model in 2017. In 2020, she appeared on the cover of Vogue 18 times, and you know that is no small deal!

In the glorious modeling world, she is considered an industry icon and one of the Top Sexiest Models. As of 2021, she has appeared on the top four International Vogue covers: the American, Italian, French, and British editions.

She is making her Arab and Black sisters very proud. This Moroccan-Egyptian beauty is no ordinary model, but she has so much more to her, which makes her a perfect candidate for many younger girls to look up to her.

A Passion for Modeling

While most other girls at the age of 16 are still studying in school, working part-time at a grocery store, and whispering sweet nothings into their bestie’s ears.

Hammam was already walking her very first designer runway show. This was a huge milestone as she was just starting off. Hammam captured the world with her beauty when she opened Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy SS14 show.

Fast forward only a couple of years later, she was joining Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and other models on the cover of Vogue US’ 125th-anniversary issue. She became one of the most known faces of the model industry, but her presence spoke itself.

Representation for Days

There were too many times when Hammam graced designer catwalks and showed off her true Arab and Black beauty. One of the most notable times was in 2017 when she became the first black Arab model to be the face of Chanel beauty.

That following year she stole the Fall/Winter 2018 Versace show wearing a little black dress of the season but strutting down the runway with a beautifully done afro. In March of 2018, she was booked for a Vogue cover that she says was her most memorable. It was a shoot for Vogue Arabia’s first-anniversary issue next to the iconic Somali supermodel Iman Abdulmajid.

Hammam is one of the biggest icons in Fashion, and Hammam completely understood the honor. She posted the cover of the shoot to Instagram with a sweet caption saying, “Mom, my dream came true,”.

Got a Big Heart

In July of 2018, Hammam joined the Knot on My Planet campaign, protecting elephants from poaching and trafficking. She wrote on her Instagram, “Happy to support #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign with my new @loewe elephant bag made in collaboration with women from the Samburu Workshop,” the sales proceeds of these bags were donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund. 

During Ramadan this year Imaan Hammam took to Instagram to say that she had donated to various mosques and even packaged meals for the homeless.

She got Business on her Mind

In April of 2020, Hamman decided to take on another business venture aside from modeling. She partnered with Frame to produce a limited-edition ready-to-wear collection. It features a range of iconic pieces representing her quest for freedom and diversity channeling youth and empowerment. Her brand is to make individuals feel the power of all colors, shapes, and sizes.

Imaan Hammam is one of the few Arab and Black models in the industry today that is a great role model for the younger generation. The main reason being she is very down-to-earth and relatable. We are hoping that she continues to put an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity because so far her representation has been a huge inspiration.

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