Emina Cunmulaj

Emina Cunmulaj Nazarian is an American/Albanian model and philanthropist who was born in the United States to Albanian parents and raised in Montenegro.

At fifteen years old, Emina’s career skyrocketed after winning a global modeling competition in Yugoslavia. By age nineteen, she had become the first Albanian Top model to grace the covers of Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire and to walk the runway for Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Gucci, among others.

But Emina was destined to pursue philanthropy. From a young age, she witnessed her family’s generosity as they harbored, fed, and clothed refugees during the Balkan conflict in the 90s. Her family’s determination to take a moral stand and the selflessness of risking everything for those disadvantaged left a lifelong impression on Emina’s character.

This sequence of events brought her to the Fundjavë Ndryshe, a charity that distributes food aids, clothing, and material supplies to build homes for disadvantaged families in the Balkans, mainly in Albania. Where she sits as a lead board member and contributes to transforming the families of Albania.

She proudly sits on the board of The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting education as the most important catalyst for societal change.

Since 2019, Emina has been an influence onto the students at Harvard University and The University of Michigan. There she lectures on the importance of philanthropy, creating and sustaining a platform, and with that contributing to society.

In her most recent project, fashion meets non-profit, Emina traveled to Montenegro for fashion week in collaboration with Natal Poliklinika, to raise breast cancer awareness. While there, she passionately extended the importance of mammograms and contributed to free-of-cost screenings to the female community.

Her unwavering commitment continues to serve as a wellspring of inspiration for aspiring young women, and she holds the esteemed title of Honorary Albanian Consulate of Florida, embodying the essence of a transformative force for positive societal change.

Presently, Emina occupies a distinguished position as a board member at the Baptist Hospital Health Foundation, which holds 14 hospitals in south Florida and employs 27,000 people. Her remarkable journey extends further as she was recently appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the Pan Albanian Federation of America VATRA.

She resides in the tropical city of Miami with her husband and three children.