KHAMSA features popular models who have redefined the industry

Mona Tougaard is a model who continues to take the fashion world by storm. This 21-year-old Danish beauty isn’t your typical fashion runway presence. She chooses to enjoy every adventure that comes with her career, and that is evident in the work she does and the legacy she is building.

Born in Aarhus, Denmark, Mona comes from a multicultural background. Sadly, she lost her mother at a young age, but that hasn’t stopped her from shining. At the young age of 12, she was scouted by a modelling agency, and by 15, she won the Danish Elite Model Look competition. Her talent took her all the way to the global finals, where she impressed everyone.

Mona started modelling professionally at 16, and there’s been no looking back since. From walking the runways of top fashion designers to gracing the covers of prestigious magazines, she has become a familiar face in her field of work. She debuted for Prada as an exclusive, which is about as mega an assignment as a new model can undertake. Between the next two seasons, she also walked for top names like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Loewe, Fendi, Valentino, Dior, Versace, Burberry, and many others. Her meteoric rise resulted in various awards and achievements, including her crowning as 2019’s Breakout Star on the industry vote.

Mona Tougaard’s face is a captivating map of her heritage. Her Ethiopian-Somali roots blend with Turkish and Danish features, creating a beauty that’s both unique and powerful. This isn’t lost on Mona – she wears her background with pride, and her presence on the runway is a call for more diversity in the fashion world. She’s not just a pretty face; she’s a symbol of a changing industry. As a woman of colour, she feels a responsibility to represent diversity in the industry.

“Being a woman of colour, you represent so much,”

– Mona Tougaard

Mona Tougaard isn’t all about strutting down runways (although she’s undeniably amazing at it!). This brainy beauty has her sights set on digging up the past – she dreams of becoming an archaeologist! When she’s not channelling her inner Indiana Jones, she unleashes her creativity through painting and poetry. In a world where everyone seems glued to their phones, Mona finds her true connection with fellow models, especially those who share her heritage. Together, they turn work into something more meaningful – a celebration of their unique journeys and a supportive sisterhood.

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Leen is a writer, designer and creative director, holding a fashion design degree from ESMOD. She is currently pursuing an MBA in fashion management, specializing in luxury, in Paris. Living in various Western and Eastern locales, Leen writes on fashion, culture, and lifestyle at KHAMSA as she interns in the editorial department.