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Model Halima Aden becomes first black woman to appear on Essence cover wearing hijab

The garb speaks for itself.

American model Halima Aden, who was born in Kenya, has just notched a notable accomplishment — becoming the first black woman to appear on the cover of Essence magazine wearing a hijab, according to NBC News.

The 22-year-old beauty acknowledged the remarkable feat on social media Monday.

“A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly on this historic 50th anniversary cover,” Aden posted on Twitter, alongside the January/February 2020 Essence cover.

Aden also noted that the Essence appearance is her first cover of the new year.

The magazine’s front page has her decked out in a poufy, pink outfit with matching hijab and hoop earrings.

An Essence flack described the radiant stunner, who with her family moved to Minnesota at the age of 6, as a “beauty disruptor” in a statement provided to NBC News.

“As we get ready to step into a whole new decade, Essence continues to break the mold,” said the magazine spokeswoman.

The Essence cover is not Aden’s first unique accomplishment. In 2019, she was the first model to appear in the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue sporting a burkini, the body-encompassing beachwear worn by observant Muslim women.

Three years earlier, she proudly became the first contestant to wear a hijab and a burkini while competing in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, according to NBC. In that competition, she finished in the top 15.

“It’s important for me to be visible and to do whatever I can to to let girls know that they don’t have to change who they are,” she told Essence. “I want them to know the world will meet them exactly where they stand.”

SourceNBC News
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