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Hanaa Ben Abdesslem Weds in Splendid Tunisian Style

The first Muslim model ever signed to Lancôme and the first Arab model to appear in the Pirelli calendar tied the knot in a traditional Tunisian ceremony.

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 “He stole my heart, so I'm stealing his last name!” Hanaa Ben Abdesslem wrote on Instagram after her engagement to her steady partner Amerpal Lamba in March. And surely enough, the supermodel recently became Mrs. Lamba in a traditional Tunisian ceremony in her hometown, Nabuel. 

The celebrations began with a henna ceremony, where family and close friends joined the couple. For the ritual, which took place at the famous Dar El Gaïed guest house, the bride wore a customary outfit, handed down from her mother.


Tonight, Tunisian supermodel Hanaa Ben Abdesslem (@hanaabenabdesslem) is preparing for the henna party of her two-day wedding in her home nation. She is wearing a traditional Tunisian outfit which her mother wore on her wedding day. Stay tuned for more updates on the magical celebration on تحتفل العارضة التونسية #هناء_بن_عبدالسلام، الليلة، في ليلة الحناء ضمن احتفالات زفافها التي تستمر على مدى يومين في #تونس وهي ترتدي الزي التقليدي الذي ارتدته والدتها في حفل زفافها. ترقبوا المزيد من التفاصيل من هذا الاحتفال الساحر على موقع ڤوغ العربية.

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For the evening’s festivities the next day at the La Badira Hotel, the bride looked stunning in an embellished golden off-the-shoulder wedding dress by Tunisian designer Ahmed Talfit. Holding a delicate bouquet, Ben Abdesslem also wore a matching long chiffon veil, which sparkled with sequins. The 28-year-old brunette paid homage to her roots again by wearing a time-honoured Dokhla, which was “made from real gold and handmade by local artisans for just over a year,” according to Vogue Arabia.


Proud and faithful of her origins, @hanaabenabdesslem also wore the traditional Dokhla outfit, from the Nabeul region of Tunisia. The dress is made from real gold and handmade by local artisans for just over a year. Swipe for a detailed view of the look! #hanaabenabdesslem #voguearabia #tunisia فخورة ومخلصة لأصولها، #هناء_بن_عبدالسلام ارتدت أيضاً زي ليلة الدخلة التقليدي لمدينة نابل في تونس. هذا الزي صنع من الذهب الحقيقي صنعه حرفيين تونسيين خلال أكثر من عام. مرروا الشاشة لتشاهدوا إطلالتها.

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The model, who is known for her hard-to-pin down, edgy looks and graceful allure, has always been extremely proud of her origins. 'My country is rich in history and traditions,” she said in an interview 'It’s a culture that’s been influenced and shaped by a succession of civilizations that includes the Berbers, Phoenicians, Romans, Fatimid Arabs and Ottomans. I grew up surrounded by all these influences and I am proud to be a part of that culture.”


@hanaabenabdesslem, the Tunisian supermodel who graced the catwalks for Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Anna Sui and appeared in Vogue Arabia’s cover, walks down the aisle on the evening of her wedding day to marry Amerpal Lamba in her hometown of Tunisia, on the second day of her ceremony. She is wearing Tunisian designer @ahmedtalfit #voguearabia #tunisia #hanaabenabdesslem عارضة الأزياء التونسية #هناء_بن_عبدالسلام التي عرضت أزياء جان بول غوتييه وڤيڤيان ويستوود وشانيل وأوسكار دو لارينتا وآنا سوي، وتصدرت غلاف مجلة #ڤوغ_العربية، تزف عروساً لـ أميربال لامبا في #تونس في اليوم الثاني من احتفال زفافها الذي استمر ليومين متتاليين. هناء ترتدي فستاناً من المصمم التونسي #أحمد_تالفت.

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About Hanaa Ben Abdesslem 
After studying engineering in Tunisia, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem decided to enter the challenging modelling world. She first began modelling in Lebanon, and after winning second prize on Mission Fashion 2, the Lebanese equivalent of reality show Project Runway, in 2007, she signed with the internationally renowned IMG modelling agency. 


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After her runway debut for Vivienne Westwood in 2011, a 22-year-old Ben Abdesslem started gracing the catwalks for some of world’s most prestigious maisons like Givenchy, Chanel, Hermès, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Ralph & Russo. The lithe 180-centimetre beauty facilitated catapulting her career by cutting her hair into a short pixie bob, which helped show off her renowned sculpted cheekbones. Ben Abdesslem, who was a muse for Azzedine Alaïa for many years, has also worked with the most prominent photographers in the industry, featuring in French, Italian and German Vogue, Dazed and Confused, Intermission, V and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few.

However, one of Ben Abdesslem’s most defining moments was when she made waves in the Arab world in 2012 by becoming the first-ever Muslim ambassador for an international Lancôme campaign as the new face of the French cosmetics giant’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation. Plus, the model who has been likened to actress Isabella Rossellini, a former face of Lancôme, was also the first Arab model to be featured in the Pirelli calendar. She is also known for aspiring to challenge misconceptions in her homeland and getting people to respect to the modelling profession. 

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