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10 world-famous celebs you didn’t know were of Arab origin

posted on: Jan 20, 2016

By Rachel McArthur

Al Arabiya


Supermodel Gigi Hadid recently took to her official Instagram account to remind her fans that she’s Palestinian and proud of it.

In a photo that showed her getting henna tattoos with friends, the stunning blonde captioned the pic: “Had the best night with some of my oldest friends last night. Feel so blessed to have a foundation of friendships that will bond us for the rest of our lives. (& before you go all ‘cultural appropriation’ in my comments, check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian & proud of it).”

The 20-year-old model – whose real name is Jelena Noura Hadid – is the daughter of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Yolanda Foster and Palestinian real estate developer Mohamed Hadid.

But she’s not the first global celeb to hail from the Arab world. Here are ten more we bet you didn’t know were from the Middle East.