Taleedah Tamer is the first Saudi Arabian top model to parade in Paris
When I was younger, it didn't cross my mind not to see Saudi women on magazine covers or fashion shoot, but as I got older, I thought, 'Why don't these women look like me?
The speech is by supermodel Taleedah Tamer, in an interview with Harper's Bazaar Arabia magazine. At just 17, Taleedah gained international prominence when he starred in the fashion show of Antonio Grimaldi of Haute Couture during the Paris Fashion Week show, a feat previously unheard of for a model born and raised in Saudi Arabia.
One of the most restrictive in the world with regard to female freedom, the country does not necessarily prohibit the profession, but it is extremely rare for women to participate in international activities, and often local parades only take place in front of women-only audiences.
Taleedah breaks with this tradition when parading in France and also with the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Daughter of Saudi father and Italian mother, she grew up in the city of Jeddah and now plans to move to Milan to study and work in the fashion industry.
Despite being innovative and having good intentions, Taleedah knows that being a model is still viewed with bad eyes by many traditionalists in the country.
"When I first started modeling, I never thought it would be the first Saudi model, but now looks like the perfect time for the industry to open. I want to represent Saudi women who are strong and beautiful. Why modeling can't be done in a way that is respectful of our culture? "
The inspiration for fashion business came from Taleedah's own mother, Cristina Tamer, who worked with brands such as Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré and La Perla, but she also has the support of her father, Ayman Tamer, a pharmaceutical tycoon and Cosmetic.
The combination of her mother's Italian traits with her father's Arab identity is, according to Harper's Bazaar magazine, precisely what makes the beauty of the model so exotic and different.
And top model admits that this combination is part of her favorite features, but it also reinforces that Saudi Arabian women have a lot to offer in terms of beauty. "Saudis are very creative people, it's in our blood. Today, we're seeing our talents presented on a more global level, rather than just regionally, and I think it's really important that different aspects of Arab women are shown, but also that they allow us to do that. "
While their compatriots still have to fight to get more openness about women's rights and their participation in the fashion world, for Taleedah, now the sky is the limit. After Grimaldi, she dreams of working with Giorgio Armani as her mother, but also targets Donatella Versace, Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld.
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