When Vogue Arabia featured Gigi Hadid in a hijab that barely covered anything, eyebrows were raised. But the team has upped its game and has put Somali-American Halima Aden on the cover of this issue.
She’s used to being the first person do things: she was the first woman to compete in a Miss USA state pageant wearing a hijab and burkini. She was then signed to IMG Models.
And she’ll also be a judge in the 2017 MISS USA Competition. She’s also walked for Yeezy and MaxMara (which she’ll be wearing in the All Eyes on Halima shoot).
The 19-year-old left us with an important message on the Vogue Arabia IG page: ‘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’s for everyone and everyone can look beautiful, you just have to be confident.’
Check through Vogue Arabia's guide to must-visit Iftar feasts, elegant homeware for entertaining, breezy kaftans, and beauty prep routines for Ramadan. Now on Vogue.me. 📸 Halima Aden photographed by Carter Smith for the April issue | هل أنتِ مستعدة لاستقبال شهر رمضان؟ اطلعي على دليل ڤوغ العربية لتتعرّفي إلى أفضل المطاعم لتناول وجبات الإفطار، ولتستفيدي من نصائح الخبراء لتزيين منزلكِ بأجمل الإكسسوارات، ولتتألّقي بأجمل القفاطين، وغير ذلك من أحدث مستحضرات وفنون التجميل. الآن على Vogue.me
The issue hits stands today! This is great news for diversity – even though, as far as we can tell, the only black woman wearing a hijab on the Vogue Arabia IG page is Halima. The struggle for representation is not over yet!