All Hail King Limaa! Halima Aden, The First Hijabi To Grace The Cover Of Vogue

Halima Aden. Photo Credit: Vogue Arabia

The June cover star of Vogue Arabia, is none other than Halima Aden, a 19 year old Somali-American also known as King Limaa according to her Instagram handle and yes, this king is definitely a woman aiming to defy stereotypes without compromising her religious beliefs.

Halima Aden's story went viral when she participated in the 2016 edition of the Miss Minnesota, U.S.A pageant as the first ever fully covered Muslim contestant in the history of the competition. For the swimwear phase of the competition she wore a burkini, and even wore a long skirt over the trousers of the burkini to make it more modest. That was not even the first barrier she has broken down, according to her interview with the Star Tribune "She said she was the first Somali-American to participate in student government in college and later crowned the first Muslim homecoming queen at St. Cloud's  Apollo High School."

"You don't let being the first to do it stop you or get in the way," said Halima Aden. After her participation in the Miss Minnesota, U.S.A pageant, according to her interview with Glamour, Carine Rotfield reached out to her through the Miss Minnesota pageant directors so as to put her on the cover of her magazine, CR Fashion Book - this led to Halima Aden signing with IMG models and walking in the fall 2017 Yeezy show in New York, and Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara runways in Milan, and now she is the first Hijabi to grace the cover of Vogue Arabia and we can't keep calm! It is worthy of note that this is the first edition of Vogue Arabia under the editorial direction of Manuel Arnaut, the new Editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia. He joined Vogue Arabia in May, 2017. 

Halima Aden shared the following message on her Instagram page with a picture of the Vogue Arabia, June cover: "That surreal & dreamlike feeling the moment you see yourself on the cover of @VogueArabia cannot be explained! I'm beyond appreciative for the opportunity to grace the June cover! #covergirl"

See more pictures and videos of Halima Aden's photo shoot for Vogue Arabia and read the Vogue Arabia introduction of Halima Aden, here and here.

Read our definition of an Hijabi here


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