Halima Aden is making history as the first ever Hijabi model to be featured on the cover of Vogue Arabia. She wears a black and white dress with a matching hijab.
She first made history in February as the first Hijabi to be signed by IMG models. Since then, she appeared in Carine Roitfield’s CR Fashion Book. She made her runway debut in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season and subsequently walked for Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti in Milan.
Halima expresses her surprise to be welcomed in the fashion industry.
“To be honest, I never really thought I had a place in the world of fashion. I didn’t grow up seeing women dressed like or who looked like me in magazines or on television or [on] advertising billboards.”
Yet, in a short span of time, the 19-year old Somali-American model found her niche in this industry.
She posted a photo of her Vogue cover on Instagram and captions: “That surreal and dreamlike feeling the moment you see yourself on the cover of @VogueArabia cannot be explained! I’m beyond appreciative for the opportunity to grace the June cover! #covergirl”
Halima’s first modelling experience was only last November 2016 when she became a semi-finalist of Miss Minnesota USA.
“I had to model on stage in the evening gown and swimwear competitions. Throughout the competition I wore my hijab, and for the swimwear portion, I wore a burkini, a modest swimsuit that covers the entire body except the face, hands, and feet,” she explains.
In all her modelling experiences, never did Halima compromise her religious beliefs.