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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.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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