The 6 Middle Eastern Names That Made It To The ’18 BoF 500 List

Middle Eastern Names BoF 500 List

Ever wondered who the movers and shakers that embody the $2.4 trillion fashion industry are? In a nutshell, they are the designers, executives, editors, fashion technologists, models and muses that are the pillar of the fashion world, and this year 500 people were hand-selected based on a plethora of nominations coming from current BoF members as well as extensive data analysis and research..

This year, all of the above influencers were nominated and those who made it had one thing in common; addressing fashion’s most critical issues, in a period of great flux and tumult within the industry and the wider world.. 96 new names and 63 nationalities are amongst the BoF’s 500 and today we will proudly shed some light on the 6 new Arab winners who are strongly shaping today’s fashion industry..


1 || Adut Akech – South Sudanese

Each year, Karl Lagerfeld ends the Chanel Couture show by sending a model down the runway in an unconventional wedding gown.. Landing the concluding bridal spot in the 2018 Haute Couture Fall show in Paris made 18-year-old Adut Akech – south Sudanese- the second black model in history to grace that privileged honor.


Adut Akech - South Sudanese


2 || Anok Yai – Egypt – Of Sudanese Descent 

20 year-old Yai is first black model to open a Prada show after Naomi Campbell since 1997, Yai has appeared in editorials for British Vogue and Dazed, scoring an Estee Lauder contract is another achievement that has earned her a spot at the BoF 500 list..


Anok Yai - Egypt - Of Sudanese Descent


3 || Ghizlan Guenez – Algeria

The Modist founder and CEO Ghizlan Guenez, who hails from Algeria but was raised between Dubai and Beirut tops the list for her contribution to the modest clothing scene. Deemed the net-a-porter of modest fashion, The Modist is the first global e-commerce platform offering luxury fashion to women who prefer to dress modestly..


Ghizlan Guenez - Algeria


4 || Marriam Mossalli – Saudi Arabia 

Founder of Saudi’s leading luxury communications consultancy Niche Arabia, Marriam Mossalli– also known as Shoes and Drama on Instagram – is an entrepreneur and journalist who has put the Kingdom on the map of fashion’s global status, changing the way the world views Saudi women in fashion..


Marriam Mossalli - Saudi Arabia 


5 || Ronaldo Mouchawar – Syria

CEO and co-founder of, Mouchawar is a Syrian entrepreneur who sold the Middle East’s largest e-commerce retailer in the Arab world to Amazon for $580 million in 2017.


Ronaldo Mouchawar - Syria


6 || Badr Al Deghaither – Saudi Arabia

Owner of the umbrella company with distribution rights for labels including Givenchy and Alexander McQueen, Al Deghaither is the CEO of Jawahir Trading.


Badr Al Deghaither - Saudi Arabia