Halima Aden Becomes The First Hijab- Wearing Model To Appear On The Cover Of 'Allure' Magazine

"This is American beauty."

Since Halima Aden took part in the Miss Minnesota beauty pageant in 2016, she has broken boundaries. The Muslim model graced the runway at Kanye West's Yeezy show wearing her hijab, and followed it up with spots at the Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti runway presentations.


And she is continuing to shatter stereotypes with her first 'Allure' magazine cover.

The 19-year-old has made history by becoming the first hijab-wearing model to appear on an Allure cover. She'll be featured  on the July 2017 issue along with the headline "This Is American Beauty," and the words, "Meet Halima. Muslim. Model. Destroyer of Stereotypes."

Allure shared the cover on Instagram and talked about how she is changing the fashion industry.

"Say hello to #HalimaAden—the first hijab-wearing model to a) sign to IMG, b) walk in a Yeezy Season fashion show, c) compete in Miss Minnesota USA, and d) cover #allure. Get to know the 19-year-old Somalian American model, who's breaking down every boundary in the fashion industry. 'Society puts so much pressure on girls to look a certain way,' she says. 'I have much more to offer than my physical appearance, and a hijab protects me against 'You're too skinny,' 'You're too thick,' 'Look at her hips,' 'Look at her thigh gap.' I don't have to worry about that.' " 

In her Allure interview, Aden talks about defying beauty standards, and how she began wearing her hijab at 8 years old to be like her mom. She explained, "Every little girl looks up to her mom so much — that's your first hero." 

The Somali-American, who was in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the United States at 8 years old, elaborates, "Not all Muslim women opt to cover their heads. It's how I interpret my religion, but there are women who are Muslim who choose not to wear the hijab. That's something people often forget."

To go along with the cover shoot, Aden also taught a group of Muslim teens how to model.

"'We are a very diverse group of women, and we're all Muslim. Some of us are wearing hijab, some of us wearing the turban. Ultimately it comes down to choice.' Watch what happened when #HalimaAden stopped by to teach a group of Muslim teens how to model."

(H/T: HuffPost)


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