Muslim model, Halima Aden is on the cover of the July 2017 edition of Allure Magazine where she talks defying beauty standards in the modern world.
She is the first hijab-wearing model to sign to IMG, walk in a Yeezy Season fashion show, compete in Miss Minnesota USA, and cover Allure.
The 19-year-old Somalian American model is 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.”
Not only is she showing young muslim girls how to model, she lives her life pretty much unbothered by people that stare at her for one or maybe these two reasons: She’s dresses very differently from everyone else, and she’s stunningly beautiful.
“Like any model, Aden in real life is a different animal from Aden in photos. In photos, she can look beguiling or innocent depending on the tilt of a cheek or the lift of a brow. When she appeared at the fall 2017 Yeezy presentation in a fawn-colored faux-fur coat, pointy heels, and a jet-black hijab, she looked like the ruler of some futuristic civilization that we’d all be lucky to join.
“Strolling down the runway at Max Mara in a sumptuous camel coat and trousers, she looked like a tall glass of honey. And at Alberta Ferretti, she seemed right at home goofing around backstage with Gigi Hadid. If her otherworldly beauty makes her a natural beside the blondest Hadid, Aden’s biography is starkly different,” Allure writes of the breathtakingly beautiful model.
See more photos from her shoot below.
Fashion styling: Beat Bolliger
Hair: Philippe Tholimet
Makeup: Val Garland
Manicure: Marian Newman