Every day, I get more and more inspired by other young talents. When it comes to other women, I believe that we should empower each other. As a Moroccan, I know how hard it can be for us to get the attention we deserve. We have fewer opportunities compared to other countries. However, this isn’t stopping us from braving all challenges and reaching our goals. Here is a list of 10 young inspiring Moroccan talents, rocking in their respective field.
This is my personal acknowledgment of your hard work and dedication. I believe in you.
Rime Sbai: A mix of Picasso & Frida Kahlo
Rime Sbai is a young Moroccan artist based in Barcelona. Her colorful paintings will give you life. Rime’s originality is without limit. Besides her art, Rime Sbai is also an accomplished woman. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Studio Art and a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is also the President of Rotaract, a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are
dedicated to the community and international service. Find her work on Facebook or Instagram.
Ghita Benlamlih: Queen of Collage
Have you ever wondered what Obama or Madonna would look like with an Arab touch? No need to expand your imagination. Ghita Benlamlih, a young successful architect, has devoted some of her time to make amazing collages. Between authenticity and modernity, a rainbow of colors, a pleasure to our eyes. Ghita describes her work as oriental pop art because it presents elements of everyday life, icons, and popular symbols. And oriental because it has attributes of the Arab world. She also takes great pictures so go take a look on Facebook and Instagram.
Zainab Fasiki: The Feminist Cartoonist
Zainab Fasiki is a mechanical engineer but also an activist for Moroccan women’s rights. Zainab chose her art to break stereotypes. Through her work, she is breaking taboos Moroccan women are victims of. Her project « Hshouma » is innovative as she is shaking all codes. Whether it is sex education, sexism, physical and moral harassment, she is freeing women. An amazing initiative that I strongly encourage. If you want to see more of her art (and you should definitely), visit her website, Facebook, or Instagram.
Rim et Zineb Debbagh: Berber Jewelry Overseas
You could soon see international celebrities wearing MoroccanBirds jewelry. Behind this brand, two Moroccan sisters extremely attached to the culture of their home country. Rim and Zineb Debbagh decided to launch their own jewelry brand MoroccanBirds, based in New York. The concept merges Moroccan tradition and bohemian spirit. The jewelry is made in the region of Tiznit and there is a wide choice: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. All products are handmade and are inspired by the Moroccan culture, history, and symbols. Thank you for probably bringing our culture overseas! Run to their Facebook and Instagram accounts to check and purchase some goodies.
Safia Berrada: Women Empowerment through Health & Fitness
Safia Berrada is an International Online Health and Fitness Trainer helping thousands of women reaching their goals. Whether it is through motivation with inspiring words, her meal program or exercise routine, Safia will help you get in the best shape of your life. Not only in a physical sense but also mentally. She has thousands of clients worldwide and by regrouping them in Whatsapp groups depending on the starting date, they get to witness each other’s evolution and mostly, encourage one another. Isn’t it beautiful? If you are ever interested in following Safia’s programme, check her Instagram. If you just want motivation, she’s the one, she’s doing an amazing job.
Asmaa El Arabi: Schizophrenically Amazing
Sanaa, Kamil, Saïda just to name a few. Asmaa El Arabi is an extremely talented comedian. Under the name « The Tberguig », she posts hilarious small acts in the skin of a beautifully well-imagined character. She is literally a book with an indefinite number of chapters. Asmaa will never cease to surprise me. Her writings are exquisite and when I’m too lazy to exercise I just watch her videos and laugh until my abs hurt. « The Tberguig »‘s characters are inspired by Moroccan society, by everyone and everything surrounding Asmaa, and that’s the beauty of it, we can all relate. If you don’t know her, just stop whatever you’re doing and run to her Instagram or Facebook.
Ghita Marrakchi: Moroccan Pop Star
Ghita Marrakchi, known as GHITA, is without a doubt one of the most promising Moroccan singers of her generation. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and is now pursuing her musical career in Los Angeles. She sings, plays the piano and the guitar. You can watch her recent video clip Brand New. Ghita also performed at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco back in 2015 for the first part Maroon 5 concert. I have no doubt what comes next will be amazing. Not only she is beautiful, her voice is incredible, her music is groovy and she has the sweetest personality. Keep an eye (or should I say an ear) on her Instagram for updates about her music.
Lilya Adad: Young Rising Star
Lilya Adad’s voice will touch your soul. Lilya has just graduated from High School and will pursue her musical career at Berklee College of Music. She is an exceptional singer and plays the piano and guitar. Her Sunday covers on her Instagram are simply a pleasure to the ears. Lilya got noticed when she participated to the Voice France and being honest, I replayed this video like a hundred times. You should definitely check her out if you haven’t yet. She also has many covers uploaded to her Youtube channel. A pure and angelic voice. She will go far and make us all proud. Good luck!
Sarah Perles: Promising Actress
The thing I like the most about Sarah Perles is how funny she can be. Her Instagram stories are hilarious, she can easily switch from one accent to the other, she’s natural, she’s fierce and many things at the same time. I guess that’s what makes her a great actress. Sarah always talks about how much hard work it requires and I admire that. The Moroccan actress was present at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival as she played her first big role in a film by Meryem Benm’Barek, named Sofia, which won the Best Screenplay Award. She first appeared on screen in 2015 in Howard J. Ford’s Never Let Go movie. Sarah also played a medical intern in Burnout.
Iman Oubou: Miss Entrepreneur
Iman Oubou is surely a beauty queen, but her appearance also comes with a brain. Iman won the coveted title of Miss New York. Tired of being said that women were too pretty to be smart or have leadership positions, she decided to change things. After all, as she says, her parents didn’t sacrifice everything when leaving Morocco for her to be average. Iman founded SWAAY to « bring to light the voices that prove women’s competency in spearheading innovation, political and cultural movements, and solving the greatest issues of our time, which we are doing in droves. » Chapeau!