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9 Famous Truths On Kenza Fourati

1. Fourati was born in Lille, France, but moved to Tunisia with her family when she was two months old.

2. Her father is Ali Fourati. She attended a French high school there and began modeling after graduation.

3. In 2002, Fourati finished in third place in the Elite Model Look competition at the age of 15 and signed with Elite Model Management.

4. She has appeared in numerous international magazines, such as Vogue Paris, Elle, Marie Claire, L’officiel Voyage, Grazia, and GQ, and has walked the runway for Armani, Valentino, Ferre, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Celine, and Tommy Hilfiger.

5. In an interview with Global Grind, Fourati said, I grew up in a Muslim culture, but I can still be a swimsuit model too!

6. Post-revolution, Fourati has been an advocate for artistic expression in Tunisia: We are at a point now in Tunisia where we are free.

7. We should be able to portray art like this if we want to, as the extremists are allowed to express themselves, too.

8. That is a debate that we want to create, but it must be a peaceful one. As the first Arab Muslim model to be featured in the magazine, she raised debates in Tunisian society and abroad about what it means to be Muslim and about variety within the religion.

9. In October 2010, with Tunisian actor Dhaffer L’Abidine, Fourati co-hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Carthage Film Festival.

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