In the past, Egyptian women were much of a mystery. Hidden behind shrouds because of religious policies, the exotic Egyptian women were unable to show off their pristine beauty. The women who dared to defy the rules of their country were shunned or abused just because they wanted to share their beauty as an unalienable right.
Thanks to the 2011 Egyptian revolution, women were finally allowed to vote in their country and saw more lax rules regarding showing their faces and ankles. The result was the basic unveiling of some of the most beautiful women in the world. Not only should the women who were forced to cover themselves for decades be bitter, so should men and women around the globe who were robbed of their preciousness. As the following women attest to, Egyptian women can hold their own with ladies around the world.
10. Arwa Gouda
Arwa Gouda is a world-renowned Egyptian centerfold. From 2004-2006 she was named the best female model of the World. Besides modeling, Arwa is also a respected actress. Her film titles include 2005’s El-Haya Montaha El-lazza, 2006′s None But That, and a 2012 TV Miniseries titled Napoleon wal Mahroussa.
9. Elham Wagdi
Elham is a spectacular Egyptian model and beauty queen who was named Miss Egypt Universe in 2009. The coronation was a long time coming as she received first runner up in the 2005 Miss Egypt pageant. She has represented her country in modeling competitions around the world including Miss Intercontinental, Miss Earth, and Miss Universe. Although she has not yet caught the acting bug, Elham enjoys exploring her creative side through painting and dancing.
8. Hanan Turk
Hanan hung up her ballerina slippers to become one of Egypt’s most recognizable actresses. She first started appearing in movies at the age of 16, starring in Raghba Motawahesha. She went on to appear in the television series Be’r Saba and in 2002 was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress for Haramiyyah fi Tayland. Hanan played the lead role in 2005’s Dunia in which the title character played by Turk fought for intellectual freedom. Hanan retired from acting in 2012 but continues to serve as a worldwide ambassador to the charity Islamic Relief.
7. Yara Naoum
Yara is a famous Egyptian beauty queen who was crowned Miss Egypt in 2008. Yara now works as an interior designer in addition to acting and modeling. Always with a charitable heart, Yara has never lived without a pet. She is working to develop shelters for stray and abandoned animals through the ‘Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals.’ Unfortunately for men across the globe Yara is off the market, married to Egyptian football player Ernat Moteab.
6. Nelly Karim
Nelly Karim is a very well-rounded Egyptian actress, belly dancer and fashion icon. Even though she is a mother of four, Nelly has maintained her curvaceous figure well into her late 30’s. She has appeared in over 15 films and will returns to the big screen in the movie ‘The Zombie’ after taking a couple years hiatus. The new Karim film is a comedy, even though it deals with a haunted house where murders have taken place. The only thing that is scary is the way that Nelly Karim seems to get even more beautiful with age.
5. Mona Abou Hamze
As the host of the TV show ‘Talk of the Town’ Mona Abou Hamze is a visitor to many Egyptian living rooms and most people don’t seem to mind. After taking over the presenting role in 2009, Mona has made the show one of the most popular in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East. Her show hosts guests of all fields from politicians, to entertainers, to athletes, to artists. Mona has won a Melody Award for Best Presenter in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and ‘Talk of the Town’ was named Best Lebanese Show in 2011. Showing off her creative side, Abou Hamze released a poetry book entitled ‘Bila Hakaeb’ in 2009. She was also selected as one of the most powerful Arab Women in 2012 and is known as a pop culture superstar.
4. Haifa Wehbe
After being first introduced to the world as the runner up in Miss Lebanon, Haifa Wehbe has become a staple in Egyptian culture. Besides being a model she has developed a successful singing career. In 2002 she released her debut pop album Houwa El-Zaman followed up by three other successful studio albums. Her concerts are known for her provocative mannerisms and wardrobe. In 2008 Haife made the leap from stage to screen appearing in the film Sea of Stars. She has been named to the People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people list. She has also worked as a television host and even unveiled her own line of diamond jewellery.
3. Anaya Hayes
Anaya Hayes may seem like just eye candy appearing in videos of some of hip hops 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 it was sure that modeling wasn’t far behind. Still not content, Anaya started hosting parties and social events. She is most recognized in the Drake & Trey Songz video ‘Replacement Girl’ but won’t be in the background for long as she has started launch her music career thanks to the connections she’s made in the industry.
2. Meriam George
Meriam George is an international representative of Egyptian beauty and there’s no mistaking why. At the tender age of 18 she was crowned the official Pantene Miss Egypt in 2005. She went on to represent Egypt in the Miss Universe contest as well as the Miss Earth pageants. She was also a semifinalist in the Miss Intercontinental contest and has since appeared in numerous magazine and television ads.
1. Tara Emad
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 to help globalize her brand.