In breezy florals and monochrome graphics, Halima Aden, Vogue Arabia’s June issue cover star, is ready for her close-up. After Aden’s first feature in Vogue Arabia in April, this is her debut cover for Vogue, in a shoot that sees her sporting Spring 2017 collections from maisons including Dior, Max Mara (aptly so, as the Italian brand booked her to walk its Fall 2017 runway show), and Norma Kamali, to name but a few. “When I’m walking the runway I want people to see that, yes, I’m wearing a hijab – but I’m also a million other things. I want us to get to a place where we just see women,” Aden told Vogue Arabia in April.
Here, we see the 19-year-old Somali-American growing in self-confidence and forging a path — on her own terms — as a beauty icon that settles before the fashion lens. Watch Aden’s message to Vogue Arabia readers above and see the behind-the-scenes film of the star on set with photographer Greg Kadel and fashion director Paul Cavaco for her fashion editorial, “All Eyes on Halima.”
The June issue of Vogue Arabia is out tomorrow across the MENA region, and also available internationally in cities including London and Paris. You can subscribe to the print edition and digital edition in two packages – six months or 12 months – so you are always elegantly ahead of the race to get the issue on your coffee table or device first.
Director: Sam Reiss Cinematography: Kazu Okuda Editor: Zanzie Addington-White Music: Kuh Lid Video Producer: Frances Li