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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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