She is in her twenties and loves designing clothes and photography. Her favorite fashion icons are old Hollywood glamour figures like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly. This might sound like any other girl and you’ve probably assumed that she lives somewhere in the Western world, but she doesn’t.
Her name is Noor Al-Thani and she’s a Qatari that wears an ‘Abaya’ like most Middle Eastern women.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Al-Thani became a fashion designer and was the first to be featured in a Rome fashion show. She has gotten a lot of international exposure and established business relations with several celebrities like Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. Her idea started with launching a blog and later evolved to become “HauteMuse” a magazine and fashion event company.
Noor Al-Thani is grabbing an increasing stream of media spotlight, but mainly she’s sending an important message for Arab women. Noor is a role model; an entrepreneur who silences the voice of doubt in the minds of Arab women that are pursuing their dreams disregarding their stone aged cultural restrictions.