8 Non-Fashion Girls in the Middle East Who Became Style Famous on Instagram

Every one of us follows style divas on Instagram these days; most of which are fashion bloggers, stylists, models, or TV personalities.

However, we also follow those girls who did not start off working in the fashion industry at all, but gained an insane amount of followers because of their personal fashion sense. They could be friends of friends, recommended by Instagram, or those you stumbled upon while Instagram-stalking, but whatever the case – we could probably learn a thing or two about style from them.

The following list are those names who have over 10K+ followers and enjoy some of the highest rates of engagement and loyalty from their followers. They are close to their followers, they communicate regularly with them, and they are relatable women.

Some of these ladies have transitioned to jobs in the fashion industry or are actively working as fashion/luxury brand ambassadors after catching the eye of industry professionals.

It’s inspirational and we love it. Here they are listed in order starting from the highest followers.

(As always, please help us out: if we’ve overlooked someone who fits the above criteria, please add their names in the comment box below and we will publish an updated list.)

1 // @mrmr_4


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Mariam is a social studies university graduate from Kuwait, who now works as a promoter of ‘high fashion’ labels via Instagram. She mainly shares professional photographs of her work with labels, as well as makeup, outfit and styling ideas.

2 // @Danazvanilla1


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Bashayir Al Hreibi isn’t a model, and she makes sure to clarify that. However, both her Arabic beauty and documenting her luxurious style on Instagram, contributed to her wide fan base. She shares her ever stylish outfits, makeup, beautiful selfies, and a little bit of quotes when she intends to make certain statements.

3 // @tamaraalgabbani


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Tamara started of as a TV presenter, way before Instagram was there, and is now a fashion designer and brand ambassador. Her highly feminine style fluctuates between elegant limited-edition Kaftans that are mostly designed by her, and trendy modern wear. Tamara also shares snapshots of her work as well as her daily activities as an Emirati girl simply living the life in Dubai.

4 // @olafarahat


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Her bio states that she’s an MBA student and a fashion lover, yet her extravagant sense of dressing up has gotten her close to 50k followers. Out of this popularity, Ola now accepts brand collaborations, and will soon launch her own clothing line.

5 // @nathaliefanj


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Another Lebanese Instagram celebrity who’s managed to become popular all the way from Beirut to Dubai. We came across her impressive profile easily, which immediately granted her a spot on our list. She generously shares her personal style, as well as some snapshots of her family and activities.

6 // @riri_dada


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Rita Dahdah is one of the most blunt Instagrammers in the Middle East. She isn’t afraid to post anything from her own imperfections to stunning styling ideas, always with smart captions, which makes her a favorite for many brands and followers alike.

7 // @ghinaghandourdaouk


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Ghina Ghandour

Ghina Ghandour is a wife and mommy whose incredible sense of style (as well that of her angelic kids), and her good looks are getting here serious popularity over Instagram. Several brands and Lebanese designers are now sending her items for her to feature.

8 // @karen_w_b


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Karen Wazen lives in Dubai and works in the catering business. We personally know her and have always kept up with her posts on Instagram. She includes a ton of style snaps as well as personal posts with her hubby, friends, and yummy food. She is giving birth soon – can’t wait to see style snaps of her little munchkin!

Do you know any other regular girls who became style famous via Instagram with over 10K followers? Share their names in the comments below!

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