Halima Aden — former Miss Minnesota, perfect skin-haver and IMG's first hijabi model who Fashionista also named a breakout model from the Fall 2017 runways — appears on the June 2017 Vogue Arabia cover, and it's arguably the magazine's best shoot yet. Photographed by Greg Kadel and styled by Paul Cavaco, the cover image is accompanied by the tag line, "The runway star shattering stereotypes." Makeup artist Hung Vanngo and hairstylist Teddy Charles, who often collaborate with Cavaco, also worked on the shoot.
Aden is a logical fit for the magazine, especially given that she has been celebrated as the first major model to be known for wearing a hijab on the runway. Tapping a Muslim model who wears the garment in her daily life is a smart move for the publication, especially in light of some backlash that resulted when Gigi Hadid graced the publication's debut issue in the traditional Muslim headscarf.
The accompanying editorial, "All Eyes on Halima," for the magazine's "Celebrating Identity" issue shows Aden posing as makeup artists reach into frame to touch up her face. Aden wears a variety of looks from the Spring 2017 collections, including pieces from Dior, Max Mara and Norma Kamali.
In an accompanying video posted to Instagram, Aden ties in the beauty themes from the shoot by discussing her own views on what beauty means — and offering up some wise-beyond-her-years inspirational sound bites:
"Every little girl deserves to see a role model that's dressed like her, resembles her or even has the same characteristics as her," she says. "I think beauty is for everyone and I think everyone can look beautiful, you just have to be confident."
Dear fashion magazines of the world: More of all of this, please.
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