Beautiful Middle Eastern Women
Who are the most beautiful Middle Eastern women, and what exactly do we
mean by the term?
Middle Eastern Women can be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Bedouin, Druze, Israeli,
Jordanian, Egyptian, Nubian, Persian, Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese, Kurdish,
Turkish, Armenian, Tunisian,
Moroccan, Libyan, Algerian, Pakistani, Afghani, Indian, Omani, Kuwaiti, Qatari, Saudi Arabian, Somalian, Sikh, Tatar ...
Beautiful women of Middle Eastern origin, extraction or descent with pictures
here include: Cher,
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem,
Adjani, Benazir Bhutto, Nazanin Boniadi, Tuba Büyüküstün, Ruby Dhalla, Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Karina Eid, Tara Emad, Hoda Fadel, Myriam Fares, Sethrida Geagea, Meriam George, Yasmeen Ghauri, Omer Goldman, Arwa Gouda, Gigi Hadid,
Lisa Halaby aka Queen Noor of Jordan, Imaan Hammam, Mona Abou Hamze, Dina Hayek,
Salma Hayek, Anaya Hayes, Anabella Hilal, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Aysun Kayaci, Mia Khalifa, Lina
Khattab, Orly Levy, Aylar
Lie, Ayla Malik, Shlomit Malka, Huda Naccache,
Yara Naoum, Nour, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bar Refaeli, Shanina Shaik,
Irina Shayk, Marielle Beainy Tanios, Princess Amira Al Taweel of Saudi Arabia, Meryem
Uzerli, Haifa Wehbe aka Haifa Wahbi, Maya Wind, Dorra Zarrouk and Nawal El Zoghbi
Cher as Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen and consort of Julius Caesar and Marc
Antony. Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California. Her father,
John Sarkisian, was an Armenian-American, and her mother, Jackie Jean Crouch,
was an occasional model and bit-part actress with Irish, English, German,
French, Dutch, and Cherokee ancestry.
Eros harrows my heart:
wild winds whipping desolate mountains,
—Sappho, fragment 42, translation by
Michael R. Burch
A short transparent frock?
It's just my luck
your lips were made to mock!
—Sappho, fragment 155, translation by
Michael R. Burch
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer,
choreographer and model. She is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid
(Lebanese) and Nidia Ripoll (Colombian). Shakira wrote her first poem, titled
"La Rosa De Cristal" ("The Crystal Rose") when she was only four years old. As
she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a
typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got a typewriter at the
age of seven and has continued writing poetry since then. These poems eventually
evolved into songs. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was
killed in a motorcycle accident and at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first
song, titled "Tus gafas oscuras" ("Your dark glasses"), which was inspired by
her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief. When Shakira was
four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira
first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which
typically accompanied belly dancing. She started dancing on the table, and the
experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. At school, she
says she was known as "the belly dancer girl" because every Friday she would
demonstrate the dances she had learned. "That's how I discovered my passion for
live performance," she says. When she visited Lebanon as an adult, she said: "I
am really proud to be Lebanese, and I have always felt that way, and real proof
of that is that I started belly dancing since I was four years old and nobody
ever taught me, so definitely it's my DNA, in my blood."
She keeps her scents
in a dressing-case.
And her sense?
In some undiscoverable place.
—Sappho, fragment 156, translation by
Michael R. Burch
Amal Ramzi Alamuddin Clooney (above) is a London-based British-Lebanese
lawyer, activist, and author. She specializes in international law, criminal
law, human rights, and extradition. Her clients include Julian Assange, the
founder of WikiLeaks, and former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. In
September 2014, she married American actor George Clooney.
Le Balcon (The Balcony)
by Charles Baudelaire
loose translation by
Michael R. Burch
Paramour of memory, ultimate mistress,
source of all pleasure, my only desire;
how can I forget your ecstatic caresses,
the warmth of your breasts by the roaring fire,
paramour of memory, ultimate mistress?
Mona Abou Hamze (above) is a Lebanese talk show host of Druze origin. After
taking over the presenting role for the MTV Lebanon show Talk of the Town
in 2009, she has made the show one of the most popular in Lebanon and throughout
the Middle East. Her show hosts guests from many fields including
politicians, entertainers, athletes, poets and artists. She won a Melody
Award for best presenter in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Talk of the Town was
named the best Lebanese TV show in 2011. Showing off her creative side, Abou
Hamze released a poetry book entitled Bila Hakaeb in 2009. The book
earned acclaim among major newspapers and magazines, such as Al Safir,
Annahar, Al Mustakbal and Dubai Al Thakafia. In 2012, CEO
Middle East Journals named Mona Abou Hamze as one of the 100 Most Powerful
Arab Women, describing her as "a pop culture superstar."
That enticing girl's clinging dresses
leave me trembling, overcome by happiness,
as once, when I saw the Goddess
in my prayers
—Sappho, fragment 22, translation by Michael R. Burch
Meryem Uzerli (above) is an actress and model who has a German mother and a
Excerpt from "Love Sonnet XI"
by Pablo Neruda
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes.
Tuba Büyüküstün is a lovely Turkish actress.
Yamila Diaz-Rahi is of Lebanese and Spanish descent. She has modeled for
Sports Illustrated, Victoria's Secret, Glamour and other high-fashion
Upon Julia's Clothes
by Robert Herrick
Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
Then, then, methinks, how sweetly flows
The liquefaction of her clothes.
Next, when I cast mine eyes and see
That brave vibration each way free,
Oh, how that glittering taketh me!
Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid (above).
Jelena Noura Hadid (above), better known as
Gigi Hadid, is a Palestinian-American supermodel who has appeared in
Vogue, Elle and Sports Illustrated. She was also the face
of Guess in 2012. Her father is Palestinian and her mother is a former Dutch
model, Yolanda Foster.
Gigi Hadid (above), simply stunning.
Isabella "Bella" Hadid is Gigi Hadid's sister.
Bella Hadid (above).
Nurgül Yeşilçay is a Turkish actress and
Benazir Bhutto (above) was the prime minister of Pakistan, and the first female
leader of a Muslim country. No pushover, she was known as the "Iron Lady."
Asifa Bhutto Zardari (above) is the daughter of Benazir Bhutto.
Ayla Malik (above) is a Pakistani politician and journalist.
Dorra Zarrouk (above) is a Tunisian actress.
Marielle Beainy Tanios (above) is an absolutely gorgeous
Lebanese TV presenter.
Anabella Hilal (above) is a stunning Lebanese model and TV actress.
Dina Hayek (above) is a popular Lebanese singer. Her father is Lebanese and her
mother is Syrian.
Jordan's Queen Rania Al Abdullah (above) is more than royalty, and more than
just another pretty face. Queen Rania is intelligent, outspoken and passionate
about her philanthropic causes. She has pushed for education reform in her
country and is a vocal supporter of women's rights.
Sethrida Geagea (above) is a Labanese Maronite politician. She has a BS in
political science from the Lebanese American University. She has been a leader
in Lebanon's fight against Syrian oppression.
Isabelle Adjani (above) is the daughter of a German mother and an Algerian Muslim
father. At age 20, she was the youngest actress to be nominated for an Academy
Award. Her full name is Isabelle Yasmina Adjani.
Irina Shayk (above) is a Russian model of Tatar (Turkish) descent on her
father's side, and says that she gets her dark good looks from him. Her last
name is also spelled Sheik. She was the cover model for the 2011 Sports
Illustrated swimsuit issue and has also modeled for Victoria's Secret.
Yasmeen Ghauri (above) has a German mother, a Pakistani father, and has modeled
for Victoria's Secret and other high-profile fashion companies. She was
discovered at a McDonald's!
Hoda Fadel (above) is a Lebanese model, entrepreneur and broadcaster. In 2008, Fadel
covered the celebrity health and beauty beat as one of the hosts of Ghazl El
Banat (aka Candy Girls) for Rotana Music TV. She cemented her status as a party
girl earlier this year when she and her sister Fida danced topless in the Black
Rock Desert of Nevada at Burning Man '09. Her sister Fida Fadel is also a model.
Aysun Kayaci (above) is a Turkish model.
Aylar Lie (above) was born in Tehran. She is
of Iranian origin and was raised by Norwegian and Iranian foster parents. She
competed at the Miss Norway pageant in 2004, but was disqualified from the
contest when it was discovered that she had starred in adult films.
Pardis C. Sabeti (above) was born in Tehran, Iran. She's a computational
biologist, medical geneticist and evolutionary geneticist. She developed a
bioinformatic statistical method which identifies sections of the genome that
have been subject to natural selection and an algorithm which explains the
effects of genetics on the evolution of disease. In 2014, Sabeti headed a group
which used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of
infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the Ebola outbreak in West
Africa. Sabeti is an associate professor in the Center for Systems Biology and
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, is on
the faculty of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard
School of Public Health, and is a senior associate member at the Broad
Institute. Sabeti also is the current host of the educational series Against
All Odds: Inside Statistics sponsored by Annenberg Learner. Sabeti was the
2012 recipient of Smithsonian magazine's American Ingenuity Award in
the Natural Sciences category. The Smithsonian called her "the
Rollerblading Rock Star Scientist of Harvard." Oh, and she’s also the lead
singer and bass player in the indie rock band Thousand Days, which has released
Hind al-Fayez (above) is a Jordanian politician. She was elected to Jordan's
House of Representatives for the Central Badia district in 2013.
Tara Emad epitomizes natural Egyptian beauty. She has a fresh face and an
innocent look that helped her get nominated for Miss Teen Egypt in 2010. Since
then she has been a fashion staple on catwalks and in magazines throughout the
world. She is also developing an acting career.
Huda Naccache (above) was the first model to appear in a bikini on the cover of
an Arab magazine, Lilac, in 2011.
proves that Middle Eastern women
don't have to be blushing violets!
Omer Goldman Granot (above) is the daughter of Naftali Granot, a former deputy head
of Mossad, an Israeli intelligence service similar to the CIA. In addition to
her arresting supermodel-like looks, she is a member of the Shministim,
a group of young Israeli conscientious objectors or “refuseniks” who refuse to serve in Israel's army after they graduate
from high school. Goldman opposes Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and
its brutal repression of the Palestinian people. She says, by way of explanation: "In Israel, after you finish high school, you have to join the army
immediately ... When it was my time to join the Israeli army, I refused, because
I am against the fact that the Israeli army is occupying the Palestinian
territories and the Palestinian people. I won't take part in a system that
commits war crimes and crimes against humanity ... Anyone who uses violence is wrong. But our country, which claims to be
democratic, and the IDF, which is supposed to be human, act exactly like
Hamas, a terrorist organization. The IDF bombs innocent people; it's a
terrorist organization, but no one calls it that. We are hurting innocent
people; we are acting like a terrorist organization."
(above) doesn't just look like a supermodel ... she is a supermodel.
Like Omer Goldman Granot, she refused to serve in the IDF, but for a more
pragmatic reason. She married a family friend in 2004, then divorced him soon
afterward in order to avoid serving in the Israeli military. In a compromise to avoid potential boycotts of companies Refaeli works
with, she agreed to visit injured IDF soldiers on visits to Israel and,
ironically, to encourage enlistment in the IDF!
Maya Yechieli Wind (above) is a third Israeli refusenik, and a beautiful angel of
peace. She grew up in Jerusalem during the second
Intifada. Her first experience with conflict resolution was at age fifteen!
Later she became involved in various co-existence initiatives in the West Bank.
She joined the Shministim in December 2008, refusing to serve in the IDF. As a
result, she spent several weeks in detention, then forty days in a military
prison. Today she works for Rabbis
for Human Rights, the Israeli
Committee Against House Demolitions and New
Profile, a feminist peace movement.
Lina Khattab is a Palestinian first-year media
student at Bir Zeit University and a beautiful dancer in the El-Funoun cultural
dance troupe. She was arrested during a march by Bir Zeit University students to
Ofer military prison. She is one of a number of Palestinian students who have
been arrested and imprisoned in an Israeli attempt to clamp down on Palestinians
organizing through student unions and protest groups. Lina is being held without
charges, and allegedly “investigated” on the bogus suspicion of “throwing
stones,” an allegation used freely by Israeli military courts against
Palestinians who demand their rights through nonviolent civil protest.
Lisa Halaby (above) is better known as Queen Noor of Jordan
Nour (above) is a Lebanese actress.
Salma Hayek (above) is of Lebanese and Spanish ancestry. "Salma" means "peace" or "calm"
Nazanin Afshin-Jam (above) was born in Tehran, Iran. She is a former Miss World
Canada and Miss World Americas winner and Miss World first runner-up, and has
been an advocate for human rights in her role as president and co-founder of
Stop Child Executions. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1981. She is
married to Peter MacKay, as of 2013, Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of Canada.
Shlomit Malka (above) is an Israeli model.
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem (above) is a Tunisian model and the first-ever Muslim face of
Lancome. She was born into a conservative Muslim family, but at age five would
pretend to be parading down a catwalk. Her family has supported her work as a
Imaan Hammam (above) is a Dutch fashion model of Moroccan and Egyptian descent.
Shanina Shaik (above) is a model from Melbourne, Australia. Her mother is of
Lithuanian and Australian heritage, while her father is of Pakistani and Saudi
Meriam George (above) is an Egyptian beauty. At the tender age of 18 she was
crowned Miss Egypt in 2005. She went on to represent Egypt in the Miss Universe
and Miss Earth pageants. She was also a semifinalist in the Miss
Intercontinental contest and has since appeared in numerous magazine and
Anaya Hayes (above) is of Egyptian and Nubian descent. She may seem like "eye
candy" in videos of some of hip hop's biggest stars, but she might just be the
most talented person on stage. Anaya started singing at age six and immediately
developed a passion for the stage. She combined her singing with a dancing
career, and modeling wasn’t far behind. Still not content, Anaya started hosting
parties and social events. She is most recognized for her appearance in the
Drake & Trey Songz video Replacement Girl, but she won’t be in the
background for long as she has launched her own music career thanks to the
connections she’s made in the industry.
Haifa Wehbe (above) is a Lebanese singer and actress known for her music, sex appeal and
provocative mannerisms. She has released four studio albums and made her acting
debut in the 2008 Pepsi-produced film Sea of Stars. Wehbe is one of the most
notable singers in the Arab World and is considered one of the most successful
Lebanese singers. In 2006, she was on People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people
Nazanin Boniadi (above) is an Iranian-British actress who now lives and works in the
United States. Boniadi was born in Tehran, Iran. Her parents moved to London,
England when she was an infant. She performed violin and ballet as a young girl.
She later moved to the US where she earned a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, in
Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, where she won the
Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving
cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection. She was also Assistant
Editor-in-Chief of MedTimes, UCI's undergraduate medical newspaper. Boniadi
changed her career path from medicine and started pursuing acting in 2006. Her
first major acting role was as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama
General Hospital. In 2008 she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. Boniadi has also played
supporting roles in several major Hollywood film productions, including Charlie
Wilson's War, Iron Man, and The Next Three Days. She has also had had recurring
roles in the TV shows How I Met Your Mother and Homeland. She is slated to play
Esther in the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur. Boniadi is also a spokesperson for Amnesty
International USA (AIUSA), with a focus on the unjust conviction and treatment
of Iranian youth, women and prisoners of conscience. She has her own official
blog page on the Amnesty International USA website and has written op-eds for
CNN and The Huffington Post. She also provided a voiceover to AIUSA's "Power of
Words" public service announcement with Morgan Freeman, which won a Webby Award;
campaigned with the organisation for the International Violence Against Women
Act (I-VAWA); served as a panelist and emcee for events related to Iranian
rights, and spearheaded The Neda Project with AIUSA in May/June 2010. Boniadi
received the 2011 Social Cinema Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival
for her human rights work with Amnesty International.
Arwa Gouda (above) is an Egyptian model, actress and singer. She was born in
Yara Naoum (above) earned the title of Miss Egypt in 2008.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is an Iraqi-American physician and peace activist. Born in 1971
in New York to a Jewish-American mother and Muslim Iraqi father, Dr. Wasfi spent
part of her early childhood living in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. She returned to
the US at age five, earned her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College in 1993,
then her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Part of Dr.
Wasfi's April 27, 2006 address to the Congressional Progressive Caucus: “I speak
to you today on behalf of relatives on my mother’s side — Ashkenazi Jews who
fled their homeland of Austria during Hitler’s Anschluss. It is for them that we
say 'Never again.' I speak to you today on behalf of relatives on my father’s
side, who are not living, but dying, under the occupation of this
administration’s deadly foray in Iraq. From the lack of security to the lack of
basic supplies to the lack of electricity to the lack of potable water to the
lack of jobs to the lack of reconstruction to the lack of life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness, they are much worse off now than before we invaded. 'Never
again' should apply to them, too."
Maha Yacoub (above) is a beautiful Palestinian-Italian tutor of Arabic with more
than a million students on Facebook and YouTube.
Anoushka Shankar (above) was born in London into a Bengali/Tamil Hindu family,
and her childhood was divided between London and Delhi. She is a daughter of
Sukanya Shankar and Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Through her father, she
is also a half-sister of American singer Norah Jones (born Geetali Shankar) and
Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar, who died in 1992.
Princess Amira Al Taweel (above) of Saudi Arabia.
Princess Deena Al Juhani Adbulaziz (above) of Saudi Arabia.
Orly Levy (above) is a member of Israel's Knesset (Parliament). Before that she
was a model and TV host.
Karina Eid is a singer, pianist, music arranger, producer and composer of
Lebanese descent. She sings fluently in five languages!
Ruby Dhalla (above) is a Sikh who serves in Canada's House of Commons. She is
also a licensed chiropractor.
Mia Khalifa (above) is an adult movie actress and model who was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
Nawal El Zoghbi (above) is a famous Arabic singer from Lebanon.
Myriam Fares (above) is a beautiful Lebanese siren known as the "Queen of the
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