When the name of Lebanon is mentioned, we think of a country that borders Israel and that is torn with strife, sectarianism and war. In 1982, the country was almost torn apart in its seams by a bloody civil war. What people often overlook is that Lebanon is home to some of the most beautiful women in the world. The singer Enrique Iglesias was reportedly so smitten with the country’s women that he constantly flirted with his audience when he staged a concert there. When an Arab publication conducted a survey of the 50 most beautiful female Arab celebrities, more than half that came out on top were Lebanese.
Here now is the top 10 most beautiful women celebrities in Lebanon.
10. Rima Fakih, Beauty Queen/Professional Wrestler
She was born in Srifa in South Lebanon to a Shi’a Muslim family. Her family moved to New York to escape the civil war. She was the 2010 Miss USA winner. Fakih is also known as a diva of the WWE where she is trained to be a professional wrestler.
9. Rola Saad, Model/Singer
Her complete name is Rola Youssef Saad. She was born in the town of Tannourine to a Maronite Christian family. Orphaned early in her childhood, Saad entered show business by appearing as a commercial model for Habibi and Dailou’a perfumes. She also had minor roles in several television shows and was featured in the music videos of Saber Rebai, notably in the songs “Etzakkarak” and “Hayyarouni.” She then hit it big when she recorded a remake of the song entitled “Yana Yana,” which was further boosted by the appearance of the original singer, the legendary Sabah, in the music video. It became one of the biggest hits of 2006 with the song receiving heavy airtime all throughout the Arab world. She also landed a role in the movie “Room 707” and a part in the Egyptian series “Bahr W Atshana.”
8. Lamitta Frangieh, Actress/Model
Lamitta Frangieh hails from the town of Zgharta in the northern part of Lebanon. She first burst into the limelight when she placed first runner up in the Miss Lebanon pageant held in 2004. The following year, she had the distinction of being the country’s representative in the Miss World competition. Frangieh is now strutting her wares as a fashion, runway and commercial model. She has also appeared in a number of movies.
7.Myriam Fares , Singer
Myriam Fares is a Sunni Muslim who first appeared in the television show “Al Mawaheb Al Saghira” that earned her top prize for oriental dancing. She had taken up classical ballet when she was just five years old, and she later complimented this talent by joining the National Conservatory in Lebanon where she learned the principles of oriental singing. She spent four years there before she won first prize in the Lebanese Festival of Songs as the contest’s most popular singer. She then joined the show “Studio El Fann” where she first won the prize of best singer in South Lebanon, before winning the Dr. Walid Ghoulmiye’s prize for best singer in South Lebanon, Beirut and Mount Lebanon. She then hit it big with the best selling album entitled “Bet’ ouh Eh.”
6. Nawal Al Zoghbi, Singer
Nawal Al Zoghbi is known for her raw singing that evokes deep and true emotions. She comes from the town of Byblos in Lebanon, but her popularity has extended all over the entire Arab world. Despite the fact that she sings mostly in Arabic, Al Zoghbi has gotten her fair share of following in Iran, Europe and North America. She has been in the music business for more than 20 years but her popularity has not waned a bit.
5. Mona Abou Hamze, TV Presenter
Mona Abou Hamze is a popular television presenter. She is of Druze origin and is known for the talk show entitled “Talk of the Town” that is shown on Murr Television. She has been the recipient of the Murex d’ Or Award given annually to the best television presenter. She has also ranked consistently as one of the top 100 sexiest women in the Arab world.
4. Nancy Ajram, Singer
She started out as a child performer and was able to release an album when she was just 15 years old. Ajram then hit it big in 2004 with her third album called “Ya Salam” that featured the hit song “Akhasmak Ah.” She then got noticed internationally in 2004 with the songs “Ah w Noss,” “Lawn Ouyounak” and “Inta Eih.” Ajram is now considered a pop icon in the entire Middle East.
3. Elissa, Singer
Her full name is Elissar Zakaria Khoury, though she is popularly known as Elissa. She was born to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. She won second place in a 1992 popular music contest called Studio El Fan. She released her first album in 1999 called “Baddi Doub.” She now has eight albums to her credit. Elissa is also known for her musical collaborations with other Arab and international artists, like Ragheb Alama, Cheb Mami, Chris de Burgh and Gerard Ferrer.
2. Cyrine Abdelnour, Singer/Actress
Cyrine Abdelnour first became known as an actress in movies and television during the late 1990s. She then released her debut album in 2004 entitled “Leila Min Layali.” She became hugely popular in 2006 with the release of her second album called “Aleik Ayouni” that contained the song “Law Bas Fe Aini (If He Looks in My Eyes).” The song went on to become one of the most popular releases in the country. She is now married to Farid Rahme, a businessman based in Lebanon.
1. Hayfa Wehbe, Model/Singer
Hayfa Wehbe is a model, actress and singer with mixed Lebanese and Egyptian ancestry. She first got known when she placed second in the Miss Lebanon pageant. She then released the hit album entitled “Houwa El-Zaman.” Wehbe is known for her sexy appeal and image, as well as her provocative and suggestive mannerisms. She also appeared in the 2008 movie called “Sea of Stars.” She was once listed in People Magazine’s list of 50 most beautiful people.