A 19-year-old Somali-American has become the first ever hijab-wearing model to appear on the front page of a major US magazine.
“Not all Muslim women opt to cover their heads.” she explained. “It’s how I interpret my religion, but there are women who are Muslim who choose not to wear the hijab. That’s something people often forget.”
In a BBC interview in March the model described her hijab as her ‘crown’ and explained how designers were reacting to a woman’s right to choose: “It’s almost surprising we haven’t seen a hijab-wearing model. It should be normal, it shouldn’t be any different to any other model.
“Designers should be happy with it. It shows their company is empowering women from all different walks of life, different faiths, and that’s important.”
It’s not the first time the model has appeared on a magazine front cover. Earlier this month she was featured on the front page of Vogue Arabia.
On Twitter she posted: “From refugee camp to the cover of @Allure_magazine! Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime! I am so beyond grateful.”
The tweet has been shared more than 26,000 times since it was posted on 20 June.
But there has been mixed reaction to the cover. One Twitter user posted: “Well done for glamorising the oppressive parts of Islam.”
Meanwhile others praised the model for the bold move. “The fact that YOUNG BLACK HIJABIS can be represented and look up to you is soo beautiful,” commented one.
Commercialisation of the hijab
Aden is not the first hijabi model to be included by big name publications and brands.
Libyan-American Noor Tagouri featured in Playboy. The journalist appeared in the publication’s October 2016 edition, and told the BBC the magazine was a place where she could make her argument “on the frontline”.
Social media promoting fashion with hijab
Mariah Idrissi, 23, a British-Pakistani-Morrocan, was the first hijab wearing model for H&M.
In a BBC interview she explained how social media is helping to make mainstream fashion more diverse.
“Even though fashion with hijab has been going on for years, we’re only really seeing it more with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Over the last few years, its really boomed and retailers are reacting.”