Style Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she's heading home to get her driving licence

04:56  09 july  2018
04:56  09 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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She added that after her fashion show debut she plans to return home to get her driving licence . Taleedah Tamer, 18, from Jeddah became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to take part in an international fashion show when she walked for Antonio Grimaldi earlier this week .

Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she ' s heading home to get her driving licence . She added that after her fashion show debut she plans to return home to get her driving licence .

a person wearing a dress: Taleedah Tamer, 18, from Jeddah became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to take part in an international fashion show when she walked for Antonio Grimaldi earlier this week© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taleedah Tamer, 18, from Jeddah became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to take part in an international fashion show when she walked for Antonio Grimaldi earlier this week

An 18-year-old from Saudi Arabia who is tipped to become the kingdom's first ever supermodel has made her debut at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Taleedah Tamer from Jeddah became the first woman from the Middle Eastern country to take part in an international fashion show when she walked for Antonio Grimaldi earlier this week.

The teenager, who opened the show for the Italian designer, modelled a floor length, beaded gown with a single feathered strap  and a white trouser suit with a cape and sweeping train.

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Listening to her chat about her home life does make you wonder if she ’ s after Nigella’s Domestic Goddess crown. Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she ' s heading home to get her driving licence .

Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she ' s heading home to get her driving licence . His lucky charm! Swedish captain welcomes a baby girl a DAY before facing England in the World Cup quarter final

a person wearing a dress: The rising star opened the show for the Italian designer, wearing a white trouser suit with a floor-length cape© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The rising star opened the show for the Italian designer, wearing a white trouser suit with a floor-length cape

While other models have emerged from Saudi Arabai, none have walked in a major fashion show like Taleedah.

'I know there will be Saudis that will not agree with me modeling,' she told The New York Times.

'I respect their right to have an opinion, but also feel very proud that I am able to broaden perceptions of what it means to be a modern Saudi woman in the eyes of the world.

She added that after her fashion show debut she plans to return home to get her driving licence.

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Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she ' s heading home to get her driving licence . His lucky charm! Swedish captain welcomes a baby girl a DAY before facing England in the World Cup quarter final

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a person lying on a bed: Taleedah has been staying at The Ritz while spending time in Paris ahead of her Fashion Week debut© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taleedah has been staying at The Ritz while spending time in Paris ahead of her Fashion Week debut

The model recently received another boost to her career when she landed her first international magazine cover on the front of the July/August issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia.

Born to an Italian mother and a Saudi Arabian father, she hopes to be a trailblazer for a new generation of Saudi models and cites Gisele as her role model.

'When I first started modelling I never thought that I’d be the "first Saudi model", but it seems like the perfect time for the industry to open up,' she said.

'When I was younger, it didn’t cross my mind not to see Saudi women on magazine covers or in fashion shoots,' she recalled.

a woman taking a selfie: The aspiring supermodel wants to be a role model for a new generation of Saudi women© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The aspiring supermodel wants to be a role model for a new generation of Saudi women

'But as I got older, I thought "why do these women not look like me?". And why can modelling not be done in a way that’s respectful of our culture?

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Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she ' s heading home to get her driving licence . His lucky charm! Swedish captain welcomes a baby girl a DAY before facing England in the World Cup quarter final

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Taleedah's mother Cristina Tamer was a model who worked with brands such as Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré and La Perla.

a person standing in a pool of water: Taleedah shows off her fabulous figure in a bikini on the beach in Mykonos© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taleedah shows off her fabulous figure in a bikini on the beach in Mykonos

Her father Ayman Tamer, is chairman of Tamer Group, a conglomerate operating in everything from healthcare to pharmaceuticals and beauty.

Taleedah has previously modelled for Korloff perfumes and the retailer Rubaiyat, but Harper's Bazaar Arabia is her first international magazine cover.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Taleedah with her mother Cristina (third from right) a former model from Italy© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taleedah with her mother Cristina (third from right) a former model from Italy

'I’m representing Saudi women who are beautiful, strong women and I just want to be able to represent them in the right way,' she said.

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a woman sitting on a bed: The rising star said she's learned about modelling form her Italian mother Cristina© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The rising star said she's learned about modelling form her Italian mother Cristina

Saudi Arabia began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades earlier this month.

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Saudi teenager becomes the FIRST model from the Kingdom to walk at Paris Fashion Week - and now she ' s heading home to get her driving licence .

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Pink women-only parking spaces have also been set up across the country.

Prior to the ban being lifted Saudi was the only country in the world that prohibited women from driving.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's far-reaching liberalisation drive as he seeks to modernise the conservative petro-state.

The government is pushing Saudis to become less reliant on the government for jobs, handouts and subsidies.

Official statistics show women make up the overwhelming majority of job seekers in Saudi Arabia.

At the moment Taleedah has a relatively modest Instagram following of just over 6,000 but that looks set to change as her modelling career takes off.

While the designs she models for Harper's Bazaar are particuarly modest, her personal shots allow her to show off her more relaxed side.

Last summer she showed off a variety of sunkissed snaps in bikinis as she spent time in Mykonos.

She visits Greece every summer for a spot of island hopping while visiting her grandmother.

In April this year, Saudi Arabia held its first ever fashion week with designers including Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli showing collections.

However, the Riyadh shows were not open to cameras and the audiences were strictly women only.

A clip later emerged of one of the shows on Twitter, showing clothes making their way down the catwalk hanging on drones.

According to reports no female models were used because male audience members were present, proving an issue when it came to the country's modesty customs.

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