Tunisian-born model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem has been making her presence known within the world of modelling since 2010. MOJEH discovers the body and beauty secrets of this brunette bombshell.
What is your morning ritual? It depends on what time I need to be at the studio or at work, but usually I have a light breakfast (fruit or yoghurt) and then I do my morning exercises.
Do you prefer to work out in the morning or in the evening, and why? I prefer in the morning to get it out of the way, but if I have time to fit it in during the day, that’s also fine.
How many hours per week do you work out for? On average, I work out five times a week, for an hour each session.
Do you prefer to workout indoors or outdoors, and why? I work out indoors because it’s more practical and I’m used to it.
Who do you train/workout with? When I’m in Tunisia, I have a personal coach. When I’m travelling, I do it on my own.
What types of exercises do you do? A mix of kickboxing, cardio and pilates.
Are there exercises you think are especially effective for your body shape? Yes, definitely. We each have a different body type and the exercises need to be adapted to the body-sculpting that you desire. Some women like to have full muscles to increase volume, but I prefer having a leaner firm body and tighten my muscles.
If you’re having a down day or lacking motivation, what do you do? I look at photos of firm bodies, and then get motivated!
The summer is fast approaching, what is your fitness tip to get bikini-body ready? Exercise all year round! One should not only be motivated to have the perfect body, but to have good health as well. Exercising is a lifestyle.
Do you have any body insecurities? Not any more, and this is thanks to my workout ritual. If there are any body insecurities, one can shape them with proper exercise and a healthy nutritional lifestyle.
What music do you listen to when you work out? R&B, deep house and anything that gives you a good beat.
How do you prepare your body for a photo shoot? I don’t do anything special before a shoot. I just try and maintain a healthy lifestyle all the time. I sleep early, eat healthy and exercise consistently. There is no secret to feeling and looking good. It’s all about discipline.
Which foods and drinks do you turn to stay healthy? I eat lots of fruit and vegetables. I only drink water and fresh vegetable or fruit juices. They provide you with energy and a very good complexion.
What’s your favourite meal? My mother’s homemade couscous, of course!
Why do you think it’s important for women to treat themselves well? It’s all about feeling good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you will definitely look radiant to others.
Do you have one piece of advice you would offer to any woman? Follow your dreams, desires and be good to yourself.
Which beauty product can you not live without? Moisturiser and make-up remover.
If you had only four minutes to get ready, which areas would you focus on? My hair. I am growing it out, so the whole time would be focused on that.
Share with us your most recent beauty find that you love? Tea tree oil! I put a few drops in my bubble bath and its wonderful for the skin.
What’s your signature scent? I don’t have one, yet!