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Halima Aden Becomes the First Model to Wear Hijab on the Cover of Vogue

Trailblazing, Somail-American model, Halima Aden, will grace the cover of Vogue Arabia's June issue.

Halima Aden has become the first Muslim model to wear hijab on the cover of Vogue Magazine.


The Somali-American teen has already broken barriers for Muslim women in the modeling industry–she was the first hijab-wearing woman to participate in Minnesota's Ms. USA pageant, and she made her modeling debut in February at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 5 presentation during New York Fashion Week.

The 19-year-old model continues her trailblazing streak, as today, Vogue Arabia announced that she will be the cover star of their June issue, "All Eyes on Halima." They released the cover earlier today, which features Aden in full hijab, with a tagline referring to her as "the runway star shattering stereotypes."

In a behind-the-scenes clip from the magazine, the model spoke about the importance of broader representation in the world of fashion. "Every little girl deserves to see a role model that's dressed like her, resembles her or even has the same characteristics as her," says Aden. "I think beauty is for everyone and I think everyone can look beautiful, you just have to be confident."

View the clip below and be on the lookout for the issue to hit stands this month.

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South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

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