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Feature: Meet the new face of Lancôme: Tunisia’s Hanaa Ben Abdesslem


Lancome's new face: Hanna Ben Abdesslem

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Our Tunisian team sits down with their country’s Isabella Rosselini who is now the new face of Lancôme

 

By: Amel Gaaloul & Moez Achour

 

She’s young, she’s gorgeous and we love her short hair and dark eyes! Introducing Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Tunisia’s very own Isabella Rosselini. We had the unique opportunity to ask her a few questions!

 

Your career as a model kicked-off after you won a modeling contest in Lebanon in 2007 at age 17. Did you always want to go into modeling?

Yes I did! At a very young age I would tip toe around the house pretending I was on a catwalk and fashion always fascinated me. It was my dream.

 

 

 

What is it you enjoy most about your job?

Many things. I enjoy how I communicate a message or emotion through my expressions. I enjoy the cosmopolitan aspect of fashion. I enjoy traveling and discovering interesting places and people. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to do what I love.

 

What’s your best and worse memory on the job since you started modeling?

My best souvenir is when I was selected for the Givenchy show exclusively and my worst is when I had my iPhone stolen on the train to London from Paris. All the information & contact for my shooting was on the phone! It was total panic.

 

 

 

You were recently chosen to represent Lancôme, thus succeeding Isabella Rossellini, Juliette Binoche, Inés Sastre, Julia Roberts, more recently Penelope Cruz, to name but a few. How does that feel?

It is a great honor and I am proud of integrating the Lancôme Family.

 

Describe for us your typical working day.

I wake up early and I have a light breakfast. Most of the time I have a job so I head straight to a shooting and work most of the day. When I am not in a shooting, I am on a plane to some destination.

 

 

 

What’s your perfect/ideal outfit?

Minimalism outfits and designs.

 

Which Tunisian designer is your favorite? Why?

Ahmet Talfit because he has vision in his designs. He is passionate and determined. I wish him all the success.

 

 

 

 

 

You took part in the 2009 edition of the Tunis Fashion Week. Which designer did you then model for?

To mention a few: Mehdi Hindi, Sara Kerkeni, Fatma Bouchiba and Fares Cherait.

 

Have you ever worked elsewhere in Tunisia? If so, tell us a little about it.

I participated in the Festival Design and Modes of Carthage in 2009 & 2010 and was part of the Artistic committee (casting, training the models, make up, lighting etc).

 

 

 

 

 

When you are in Tunisia, where do you like to shop for clothes and accessories?

I am in Tunisia whenever I have a few days off and I shop in any city I find myself in.

 

I believe Coco Chanel is your favorite designer. Who comes next?

I have several favorites and I am always adding to my list!

 


Where would you like to live? Why?

In Tunisia because it is my home.

 

Do you have any Tunisian beauty treatments/secrets to share with us?

My mother’s homemade rose water, which I use as a lotion before wearing my moisturizing cream.

 

 

Photography courtesy of Lancôme

 

 

*British-Tunisian born Amel has lived in Tunis for 5 years, where she works in advertising as well as a freelance editor for www.tunisia-live.net. Together with Artistic Director and blogger, Moez Achour, (www.fashionplaylist.com), they like to wander around Tunis in the search of inspiring places and people that make up the new Tunisian scene. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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