Halima Aden, 23, made a great break-through in her career by being the first black woman with a hijab to appear on the cover of essence magazine.
Somali American model expresses her gratitude in a tweet and says that this cover would be the first she would appear on in 2020.
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Ahhh!! My first cover of 2020 and it’s for @essence !! A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly on this historic 50th anniversary cover, I’m so thankful to be the first black hijab wearing woman to be featured on Essence! ♥️🙌🏾🎉 Chief Content&Creative Officer @moanaluu Photographer @jdthecombo Written by @jamberstarr Stylist/Fashion Director @mariellebobo Beauty Director @missjulee Makeup @jessicasmalls Manicure @pipbuzz Creative Director @mochamommy_nyc Production @nataliegialluca Set Design @propsbypenelope
‘A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly on this historic 50th-anniversary cover,” Aden said.
Essence talks about Halima’s career saying that this is not the first time she has broken barriers in her career. In 2016, Halima became the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete with a hijab and a burkini.
“There have been several moments in model Halima Aden’s life when she’s been broken a barrier by simply being who she is. The model and activist was the first Muslim homecoming queen at her high school; the first Somali student senator at her college; and the first hijab-wearing woman to be the face of numerous fashion magazine covers, including Allure and British Vogue. Earlier this year she appeared in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue luxuriating on Kenya’s Watamu Beach. But instead of a revealing swimsuit, Aden modeled brightly colored hijabs and modest burkinis, her body covered from head to toe.” Said Essence.
Halima sets a great example for young girls. She teaches them that they can break barriers by being who they truly are and not what the society tells them to be.