Muslim Model Halima Aden Covers Allure’s American Beauty Issue
“If you think people are against you and that you’re a target, things will start appearing that way. I just go about my day, and I don’t think anyone is out to get me,” model Halima Aden said in an interview with Allure Magazine. The Muslim model who is known for wearing her hijab in big fashion shows like Kanye West’s Yeezy presentation, is Allure’s cover girl for their ‘American Beauty’ issue. With an upsurge in anti-muslim rhetoric and hate crimes in America over the last two years, Allure’s choice in cover model highlights the diversity in America and the beauty in that diversity. In the cover story, the 19-year-old model talks about being the only model she knows who wears a hijab and why it’s important to her to interpret her religion this way (not all muslim women wear a hijab).
While it’s easy to look at Aden as a symbol, the cover article highlights the fact that Aden is just living life, being herself. Although, she doesn’t strive to be one, this cover itself has a lot of meaning and people are beyond impressed by it:
Well done Allure, this cover is beautiful and so necessary. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments or at @whatstrending on Twitter!