Halima Aden Makes History As First Hijab-Wearing Model To Cover ‘Allure’

Halima Aden X Allure July 2017

Photo Credit: Sølve Sundsbø

Just weeks after slaying her first-ever Vogue cover, Halima Aden is making history again as the first hijab-wearing model to cover Allure. The 19-year-old graces the glossy’s July 2017 cover while sporting Nike new performance hijab and a face beat by Garland. She gives the words emblazoned across the front — “This Is American Beauty” –inspirational new meaning.

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Halima was first catapulted into the national limelight in November 2016 after being the first Miss Minnesota to compete in a hijab and burkini. She has been making history ever since, including becoming the first hijab-wearing model to sign to IMG and walk in a Yeezy fashion show.

Halima Aden X Allure July 2017

Photo Credit: Sølve Sundsbø

Inside, the beauty talks defying stereotypes, her first hero and overcoming bullying. 

“Society puts so much pressure on girls to look a certain way,” she said. “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.”

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