The peppy, the happy, the quirky, the unique, Halima Aden has become the first woman wearing a hijab to feature on a magazine cover, and that too, Vogue Arabia. Somali-American model Halima Aden graces the June issue of the magazine, which has been available in print only since the last three months. Only at 19 years of age, Halima has experienced this inexplicable surreal feeling of endorsing the Vogue cover.
Apart from the Hijab, what is even more striking are the braces that the model sports, confidently. We love this cover for celebrating identity and giving a very contemporary and connecting touch to the otherwise star-studded covers. It is as natural as any of us! Her words in her celebrating Instagram video, "Every little girl deserves to see a role model that's dressed like her, resembles her, or even has the same characteristics as her. I think beauty is for everyone and I think everyone can look beautiful. You just have to be confident", make us admire and applaud her even more.
She is the first Somali-American to compete and become a semi-finalist at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. She is a trailblazer, the first contestant to wear a hijab and Burkini. A Burkini is a portmanteau of a burqa and a bikini. Although fighting acceptance in the Islamic world, Halima sported it at the pageant, this reflects her bold demeanour. Kudos to you, gal!
She has a vision, and she has the zeal to follow it.
You will be surprised to discover that Aden was born in a refugee camp in Kenya.
She moved to the United States at the age of 6, to settle in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Presently, she is a first-year student at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.
This cover comes when this world is welcoming women wearing hijab. Recently, Nike launched a unique sportswear of a hijab collection for female athletes. Also, luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana introduced silk abayas and hijab for Muslim women.
We are more than happy that the fashion world is progressing against discrimination and dodging the stereotypes.
She is now signed with IMG models in New York. She has also judged the Miss USA pageant and has walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for Yeezy Season 5.
She recently told Vogue, "My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it's okay to break stereotypes and be yourself. Always stay true to who you are- barriers can and will be broken!"
And this is what makes us a fan of her thoughts, of 'the beauty with brains' that she is.
The June edition of Vogue Arabia will be available on stands across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in selected places in London and Paris.
You have been a source of inspiration for us, lady!