Kenyan-born Somali-American Model, Halima Aden becomes first Hijab Model on VOGUE Cover

While rising supermodels like Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner dominate the fashion world, an unlikely star is born. Her name is Halima Aden, a 19-year-old Somali born hijab wearing model. First stepping onto the scene at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 showing, we just can’t stop talking about Aden. For her latest editorial appearance, the proud hijab model makes more history as she covers Vogue Arabia.

Lensed by photographer Carter Smith, Halima Aden poses for a powerful cover story. Styled in a romantic black floral dress complete with hijab, the rising model captivates. Inside the issue, Vogue offers a candid view into the personality of the groundbreaking starlet. In celebration, the model shares the cover on her personal instagram account.

“Every little girl deserves to see a role model that’s dressed like her…”

Beyond the media frenzy of being a hijab wearing fashion model, Aden carries a powerful story. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, the Somali model moved to America at age 6. Despite the cultural barriers, she does something no one expects. At age 16, Halima Aden becomes the first model to wear a burkini or hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Although she didn’t win, it gains her media attention and an eventual contract with IMG models.

“Every little girl deserves to see a role model that’s dressed like her, resembles her, or even has the same characteristics as her,” says the Somali-American model. “I think beauty is for everyone and I think everyone can look beautiful. You just have to be confident.”

The June 2017 issue of Vogue Arabia featuring Halima Aden is available on newsstands now. Keep scrolling below for a closer look at the powerful hijab clad Vogue photos.

Hijab Model Halima Aden Vogue Arabia Cover Photoshoot - THE DAPIFER

Hijab Model Halima Aden Vogue Arabia Cover Photoshoot - THE DAPIFER

Hijab Model Halima Aden Vogue Arabia Cover Photoshoot - THE DAPIFER

Hijab Model Halima Aden Vogue Arabia Cover Photoshoot - THE DAPIFER

Hijab Model Halima Aden Vogue Arabia Cover Photoshoot - THE DAPIFER

Hijab Model Halima Aden Vogue Arabia Cover Photoshoot - THE DAPIFER