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Three black Muslim models grace Vogue Arabia cover in hijabs

HISTORY-MAKING MODEL: Halima Aden stars on Vogue Arabia's April cover alongside Ikram Abdi Omar and Amina Adan

THREE BLACK muslim models have made history by featuring on the cover of Vogue Arabia wearing hijabs.

Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar and Amina Adan all star on Vogue Arabia’s April issue cover. It is the first time the magazine has featured a group of models wearing hijabs on the front.

Aden said: “The first Hijabi Vogue group cover!! Thank you so much Vogue Arabia congrats to my Somali queens Amina and Ikram!!! #makinghistory.”

It’s the second time Aden, who starred in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty campaign, has graced the magazine’s cover, and the first for Omar and Adan.

The 21-year-old told the magazine: “I think it’s important to remember that wearing a hijab is a woman’s personal choice. It doesn’t make her any better or worse than another Muslim woman. To me, it symbolizes modesty and gives me a sense of power.”

In the cover story that accompanies the cover, the women talk about what it’s like to be a young Muslim woman and open up about their experiences of discrimination.

The cover marks another history-making moment for Aden. She was also the first hijab-wearing model signed to a Danish modelling agency.

The trio join a list of recent Vogue Arabia covers that have celebrated black women.

Rihanna, Iman and Jordan Dunn have all featured on the front cover of recent issues.

The cover has received some criticism, with people arguing that the image and message presented ignored that for some women wearing the hijab was not a choice.

“Hijab cover for Vogue Arabia? ‘Power of choice?’ Hijab is obliged by law in Saudi Arabia and Iran. And by custom in most other Arab countries. Women’s mags used to support women’s [liberation], not gender apartheid. You’d never feature confederate flag T-shirts, even if worn by choice, cowards,” tweeted LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz.

Another critic tweeted: “The women in Saudi Arabia are fighting against oppression of forced hijab.

“I understand that Vogue Arabia is trying to portray hijab wearing women as strong, but for women in Arabia, it is just an oppression at the hands of patriarchy. I hope Vogue will reconsider!”

But a lot of people have also reacted positively to the cover and shared that it helped them feel seen.

“Things I did not see growing up: Black. Muslim. Modest. African. International. Model. On. Vogue. Arabia,” one fan of the cover tweeted.

“Vogue Arabia is really out there showing people how it's done,” another wrote.

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