A French model and influencer of Moroccan origin, Marine El Himer, has converted to Islam. The star announced the big news on Instagram and shared pictures from Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. She also shared a video in which she said the shahada, the declaration of the Islamic faith. She also said that she became a Mulsim months ago but never made it official till now.
Marine was born in Bordeaux to Moroccan Father and a French mother. Although Islam is the dominant religion in these parts, Marine just became a Muslim now. According to French media, her stepfather raised her, but she continued searching for her biological father, which introduced her to Islam.
What did Marine El Himer Say?
The model referred to the Umrah after conversion as the happiest day of her life. She said it was a “choice of soul, heart and reason”, which she has been “proudly and freely” practising since last year. Stressing that it must be a fundamental right to exercise whatever people want, Marine El Himer said there was no shame in converting to any other religion.
The model further claimed that she would be “rethinking” her personal and professional life choices following the conversion. In the end, she thanked her fans and followers for supporting her in this huge decision.
Her Work and Personal Life
Marine El Himer is known for appearing in French reality TV shows, including The Marseillais, Apprentice Adventures, and The Princes and Princesses of Love. She has 1.6 million followers on Instagram, where she shares her hot pictures, lifestyle, and travel.
The 28-year-old has had 6 relationships in the past, including Moroccan footballer Achraf Bencharki.
What Can be Her Impact on French Society?
Considering her massive fanbase, there are speculations about her impact on French society laden with Islamophobia. France has 68 million population and Muslims only make up 5 million. Still, it is the largest percentage of Muslims in the Western world. It is due to migration from nearby countries like Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Middle East. Overall, Muslims account for 5% of the total French population. There are often reports of discrimination against Muslims, like President Emmanuel Macron defending the offensive cartoons against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
This is why there are hopes that a model like Marine El Himer embracing Islam would change anything. Will French society finally accept Muslims as their own and stand up for their religious rights?