Is this the first Saudi Arabian supermodel?

Is this the first Saudi supermodel? 18-year-old Harper’s Bazaar cover star is set to make her debut at Paris Fashion Week – as she builds a career that’s ‘respectful’ of her culture

  • Taleedah Tamer, 18, from Jeddah is new Harper’s Bazaar Arabia cover star
  • Will be first Saudi model to walk at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in July 
  • Her Italian mother Cristina was a model and her idol is Gisele
  • Wants to build a successful career that’s also respectful of her culture  

An 18-year-old model from Saudi Arabia is on the brink of international stardrom as she prepares to become the first person from the Middle Eastern country to walk at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. 

Taleedah Tamer from Jeddah has landed her first international magazine cover on the front of the July/August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.

Born to an Italian mother and a Saudi Arabian father, she hopes to be a trailblazer for a new generation of Saudi models and cites Gisele as her role model. 

‘When I first started modelling I never thought that I’d be the “first Saudi model”, but it seems like the perfect time for the industry to open up,’ she said. 

‘When I was younger, it didn’t cross my mind not to see Saudi women on magazine covers or in fashion shoots,’ she recalled. ‘But as I got older, I thought “why do these women not look like me?”. 

‘And why can modelling not be done in a way that’s respectful of our culture?

Taleedah Tamer, 18, from Jeddah is new Harper’s Bazaar Arabia cover star

The rising star has modelled for brands in Saudi but Harper’s Bazaar is her first international magazine cover shoot 

The 18-year-old wants to build a career that’s respectful of her culture 

Taleedah’s mother Cristina Tamer was a model who worked with brands such as Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré and La Perla.

Her father Ayman Tamer, is chairman of Tamer Group, a conglomerate operating in everything from healthcare to pharmaceuticals and beauty.

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Taleedah has previously modelled for Korloff perfumes and the retailer Rubaiyat, but Harper’s Bazaar Arabia is her first international magazine cover. 

‘I’m representing Saudi women who are beautiful, strong women and I just want to be able to represent them in the right way,’ she said. 

The rising star has a relatively modest Instagram following of 6,000 and uses her accounts to share her sun-kissed holiday snaps 

Taleedah shows off her fabulous figure in a bikini on the beach in Mykonos

The rising star said she’s learned about modelling form her Italian mother Cristina

At the moment Taleedah has a relatively modest Instagram following of just over 6,000 but that looks set to change as her modelling career takes off. 

While the designs she models for Harper’s Bazaar are particuarly modest, her personal shots allow her to show off her more relaxed side.

Last summer she showed off a variety of sunkissed snaps in bikinis as she spent time in Mykonos. 

She visits Greece every summer for a spot of island hopping while visiting her grandmother. 

Taleedah with her mother Cristina (third from right) a former model from Italy 

The supermodel in the making will make her Paris Haute Couture Week debut this summer 

In April this year, Saudi Arabia held its first ever fashion week with designers including Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli showing collections.

However, the Riyadh shows were not open to cameras and the audiences were strictly women only.  

A clip later emerged of one of the shows on Twitter, showing clothes making their way down the catwalk hanging on drones.

According to reports no female models were used because male audience members were present, proving an issue when it came to the country’s modesty customs. 

The model posed in a variety of dramatic shots for her first glossy shoot with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia 

The model wants to become a representative for her fellow Saudi women who are passionate about fashion 

The 18-year-old will make her modelling debut at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week this summer 

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