Halima Aden Made History as the First Woman in a Hijab to Grace the Cover of Allure

Sølve Sundsbø
Sølve Sundsbø

Last year, Halima Aden's name started trending because she wore a burkini (a modest swimsuit) in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Fast-forward to 2017 and Halima, a first-generation Somali-American, not only signed with IMG Models — the same agency that represents Gigi and Bella Hadid — but also landed a photo shoot for CR Fashion Book, run by renowned stylist Carine Roitfeld, made her runway debut in Kanye West's Yeezy Season 5 show, and landed her first Vogue feature.

"I want girls like that to be able to flip through a magazine and see someone who looks like them," she said. "I'm signed to one of the top agencies in the world. They already have models who are willing to bare all, but there is only one right now who is wearing the hijab."

If her fashion résumé wasn't impressive enough, Halima was announced as Allure's July cover girl, gracing the beauty issue in a hijab. She's the first woman to do so for an American fashion or beauty magazine. Keep your eyes on this gal, because this future top model is just getting started.

Halima Appeared on the Cover of Allure's July Beauty Issue
Allure | Sølve Sundsbø

Halima Appeared on the Cover of Allure's July Beauty Issue

It's the first time a Muslim woman in a hijab has been featured on the cover of a major American fashion or beauty magazine.

Halima Posed For Her First American Vogue Feature
Vogue | Anton Corbjin

Halima Posed For Her First American Vogue Feature

Halima Wore a Burkini For the Swimsuit Portion of Miss Minnesota USA

She Caught the Attention of Fashion Editor Carine Roitfeld
CR Fashion Book | Mario Sorrenti

She Caught the Attention of Fashion Editor Carine Roitfeld

Who put her in the upcoming CR Fashion Book Issue 10.

This Is Halima's Cover For Issue 10
CR Fashion Book | Mario Sorrenti

This Is Halima's Cover For Issue 10

She Was Signed by IMG Models

She Popped Up at Milan Fashion Week
Getty | Catwalking

She Popped Up at Milan Fashion Week

Halima walked in the Alberta Ferretti Fall '17 show.

Elsa Hosk Said She Had a "Fan-Girl Moment" Meeting Halima

The model wrote on her Instagram, "This girl!!!! @kinglimaa you are the coolest #changingthegame #fangirlmoment backstage at @maxmara."

Halima Walked in Max Mara
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Halima Walked in Max Mara

There's no stopping this model!