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Rafeaa Al Hajsi
From plus size supermodels to modest breakout stars, it has been a great year for diversity on the world’s catwalks. Setting the runways ablaze here in the UAE is Al Hajsi. From walking for Lebanese designer Aiisha Ramadan at the Arab Fashion Week, to taking to Parisian runways during Paris Fashion Week for Ziad Nakad, she has dominated the regional modelling industry — on her own terms. Remaining true to the modest culture of her upbringing, the model has brands and designers clamouring to adjust their designs to suit her requirements. That in itself is a huge accomplishment.