Nadine Nassib Njeim is a Lebanese actress and beauty pageant winner, who is best known for winning the 'Miss Lebanon' title, in 2004. She went on to represent her country in 'Miss Universe 2005' in Thailand. Despite being reluctant initially, she later pursued a career in acting and became very popular for appearing on several nightly Ramadan television series like 'Al Hayba', 'Nos Youm', 'Samra' and 'Cello'. She was nominated for the 'Best Actress' award at the 'Seoul International Drama Awards' for her role on 'Samra'. She played the role of lawyer Ameera in 'Tarik', which is based on the novel 'Al Sharida' by the late Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz. Some of her other television series include 'Khatwat Hob', 'Ajial', 'Abwab Ghaym', 'Matloub Rijel', 'Law', 'Cello', and 'Nos Youm'. She currently portrays the role of Dr. Bayan Necmettin on the medical series 'Khamsa w Nos', and recently shaved her head in solidarity with young cancer patients. She has volunteered as a first aid worker in the Lebanese Red Crescent organization for two years.
Rise to Stardom
Nadine Nassib Njeim became interested in participating in beauty pageants when she was only 12 years old. She eventually started competing in pageants at the age of 16. In 2004, 20-year-old Nadine became 'Miss Lebanon' and got the taste of fame for the first time. The next year, she represented her country at the 'Miss Universe' competition in Thailand. In 2006, she made an appearance on Future TV's 'Beauty Clinic' show.
Subsequently, she "felt the thirst to keep going, to stay in the spotlight". She changed majors in university to switch from medicine to business, and in the final year in university, began to get offers for acting. It was actually her friend, the Lebanese writer Choukri Anis Fakhoury, who had encouraged her to take up acting. She appeared on the series 'Khatwat Hob' and 'Rijél Hassém' in 2009, and won her first 'Golden Murex Award' in 2010 for her performance in ‘Khatwat Hob’. She later appeared on several other television series including 'Ajial', 'Abwab Ghaym', 'Matloub Rijel', 'Idriss Bab', 'Ajiyal2', and 'Dhikra'. She has become particularly popular for her roles in series like 'Law', 'Cello', 'Samra', 'Nos Youm' and 'Tarik'.
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Controversies & Scandals
Nadine Nassib Njeim has courted controversy regarding her views on social topics such as gender equality and premarital sex following an interview on Future TV in 2012. Answering the hypothetical question if she would support her son if he wanted to have sex at 18 before marriage, she had said it was beneficial for men to engage in premarital sex, but unacceptable for women. She also said, "I want women to stay women. If they equate me with a man, I’d feel like a man. I don’t want to. I want to stay a woman." She supported traditionalist gender roles, which was interpreted as if she was against gender equality. Much later, talking to 'Harper’s Bazaar Arabia', she clarified, "I defend equity not equality", adding that "I see women being way more important than demanding gender equality." She thinks that the blind claim of equality is unhealthy, and that "Women should aspire to equity". There have also been rumors that she denies her Tunisian origin, but contrary to the rumors, she actually has Tunisian citizenship as well.
Family & Personal Life
Nadine Nassib Njeim was born on February 7, 1984 in Beirut, Lebanon, to Lebanese Christian father Nassib Njeim, and Tunisian Muslim mother Samira. Being brought up by a Muslim mother and a Christian father, she learnt to be tolerant and understanding in her faith. She has four siblings named Jihad, Chadi, Fadi, and Nada. She told 'Harper’s Bazaar Arabia' in March 2019 that growing up "in a family of five children" in the midst of the Lebanese civil war "brought us together". In fact, she was separated from her family for the first time when she went on to participate in the 'Miss Lebanon' contest in 2004.
Interestingly, as a child, she wanted to study medicine and become a plastic surgeon. However, as she became involved in the entertainment industry, she decided to pursue a degree in business management as she still wanted to complete her education. According to her, "Education is culture to me, it is not only to get a certificate. Education develops and influences personality." In late 2018, she lost her father as he succumbed to complications from various illnesses.
Nadine Nassib Njeim got married to civil engineer Hady Asmar on June 16, 2012 at Domaine Du Comte in Daraaoun, Lebanon. She donned a Zuhair Murad bridal gown with makeup and hair done by Simon Mendelek. Following marriage, the couple visited Monaco, Cannes, and Saint Tropez. They have two children, daughter Heaven and son Giovanni.