Vogue Puts its First Hijab Wearing Model on the Cover

Nine models have been chosen for the historic cover under the appointment of Ghanaian-born Edward Enninful as British Vogue’s editor-in-chief last April.
The models, featured in the May issue, were described as fashion’s “New Frontiers,”. Twenty-year-old Halima Aden also became the first hijab-wearing model to appear on the cover of British Vogue.

It is a moment for Vogue to do what it has always done best: to offer a bold vision of what the future can — and should — look like. Even five years ago — and certainly 10 or 20 years ago — if you were shooting a group cover like this, the girls would not have looked like these young women do. But one of the great positives of the past few months is the fashion industry finally embracing a concept that has defined my entire working life: diversity. […] That’s what I want to celebrate with this cover,” Enninful wrote.


Aden: born in Kenya, is featured along with fellow models Adut Akech, Radhika Nair, Yoon Young Bae, Faretta, Fran Summers, Vittoria Ceretti, Paloma Elsesser and Selena Forrest.

“To me, they represent a new global idea that anything is possible,” Enninful added.
Social media users were amazed by Enninful’s work at the magazine, with many praising his idea to promote diversity:

Credit: Vogue/Craig McDean

Meanwhile, others suggested that British Vogue was promoting “oppression,” not diversity, as there almost were no “white people”

The British Vogue’s cover isn’t the first for Halima Aden. She was also the first contestant in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to wear a burqini and a hijab. Aden was the first hijab-wearing model to appear on the covers of Vogue Arabia in June 2017 and Allure in the July 2017 issue.


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