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Halima Aden on her Allure cover: “ to bust stereotypes of Muslim women.”

Our favourite model and model of the moment Halima Aden has become the first ever hijab-wearing model to grace the cover of American women’s beauty magazine, Allure. The 19-year-old model has been in the limelight for quite a while with her outstanding achievements as a muslim woman of colour. She first achieved her groundbreaking status when she became the first contestant in the Miss Minnesota pageant to compete in a hijab and burkini.

Since then, she’s gone on to walk in the Yeezy season five show at New York Fashion Week, starred in Carine Roitfield's CR Fashionbook walked in Milan fashion week and made history as the first hijab-wearing woman on the cover of Vogue.

Halima flaunts Nike’s new performance hijab on the cover of Allure’s July issue, Aden’s image is accompanied by the words, “This is American Beauty” - a defiant slogan that champions the young model’s desire to defy beauty boundaries in fashion once and for all.

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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 Somali 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.” Tap the link in bio for our full interview. ?: @solvesundsbostudio ?: @beatbolliger ?: @philippetholimet ?: @thevalgarland ?: @mariannewman

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The model spoke out about her pride for the hijab she wears and lets the world know that it isn't the form of oppression but freedom. “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.“

The Allure Cover girl has received so much praise and love since her debut in the world of fashion and beauty. The role that she has played in changing the face of beauty in fashion particularly for Muslim women has made more of a difference then many understand.

“The people that are doing bad things, they don’t represent an entire group,” she previously told ABC 7.

“I feel like I’m here to bust those misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslim women.”

That's the way to go!

By Maheen Malik

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