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Afef Jnifen
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Afef Jnifen in 2009
Born (1963-11-03) 3 November 1963 (age 59)
Nationality Tunisian, Italian
Occupation Fashion Model, Actress, Television Presenter
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)

Afef Jnifen (born 3 November 1963) is a Tunisian-born Italian fashion model, actress and television presenter.


Jnifen was born in 1963 in Ben Gardane, Tunisia and naturalized Italian citizen. She is the daughter of the former Tunisian ambassador Mohamed Jnifen, who also was ambassador in: Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain.

Her mother, Saida Benina, is of Turkish origin. She is married to Marco Tronchetti Provera, an Italian businessman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and Telecom Italia.


Her modeling career began when she was discovered by photographer Jean-Paul Goude, who spotted her walking on the beach while he was shooting a "Club Med" ad with Carla Bruni in the Bahamas. Goude put Jnifen in the ad and suggested her to go to Paris and meet the designer Azzedine Alaïa. She quickly became a favorite model of many of Europe's top designers, travelling between Milan and Paris while working for Armani, Fendi, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli, and others. Jnifen's successful career in fashion has since spanned three decades representing top international brands such as L'Oréal, Paris.

In addition to modeling, Afef is also a successful actress, known for TV series La grande notte in 2003 on Rai 2. She also was hosted in television programs such as Maurizio Costanzo Show in 1982 on Canale 5 and Quelli che... il calcio in 1993 on Rai 3. She has also been a popular Italian television presenter, hosting, in 1999 with Fabrizio Frizzi, Scommettiamo che.... on Rai 1, and, in 2006 with Gene Gnocchi, La grande notte on Rai 2.

In 2016 and 2017, Jnifen stars in Project Runway Middle East on MBC as a jury member along with Lebanese designer Elie Saab and Egyptian actress Yousra. In 2017, she was named ambassador of "Fashion 4 Development".

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