Fashion is being diverse, as it not only inculcate models meeting the basic super slim, perfect body, best skin tone tag but also the ones who have a style and character of their own.
Meet Halima Aden, Minnesota-based model, who will be remembered through the ages to come as the first ever hijab-wearing model on the cover of an edition of the international fashion magazine, Vogue.
"All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes," reads the cover.
The 19-year-old Somali-American beauty has just hit a milestone in her modelling career as she graces the magazine as a cover girl in her black and white attire and matching hijab which looks absolutely ethereal.
The young girl shot to fame after she first emerged in the public eye as a competitor in the 2016 Miss Minnesota pageant, where she wore a hijab throughout and donned a burkini for the swimsuit segment.
Though Halima could not win the competition, her particular style helped her in getting signed to IMG Models, which also represents big names like Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss, and Gisele Bündchen.
“That surreal & 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”, Aden wrote on her Instagram post.
"Every little girl deserves to see a role model that is dressed like her, resembles her, or even has the same characteristics as her,” she said in a video for Vogue.
In another video for Vogue, Aden shared her hope that one day people will see women wearing hijabs as part of the norm. “When I’m walking the runway I want people to see that, yes, I’m wearing a hijab — but I’m also a million other things. I want us to get to a place where we just see women.”
Vogue Arabia just launched only a few months ago, was under strong criticism after it featured half-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid on the cover in a hijab, as she normally doesn’t wear one.
Halima Aden was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, and came to the United States when she was only six, reports Star Tribune. She's worked in a bunch of odd jobs, including as a room cleaner, and still drinks the Pediasure she grew up consuming because she was underweight.