Vogue Arabia's June cover star went from refugee to top model

The cover of the June 2017 issue of Vogue Arabia will be graced by Halima Aden and insiders have suggested that this may be the best cover shoot the magazine has done thus far.

On the cover we see Aden getting the final touches of her makeup done, while voguing effortlessly for photographer, Greg Kadel. This image is accompanied by a fitting tagline for the Muslim community's Holy Month of Ramadan; "Celebrating identity."

Vogue Arabia's new Editor-in-Chief, Manuel Arnaut, says the Somali-American model was the perfect cover star for their "Celebrating Identity" issue, which is all about putting the deserved spotlight on Arab talent, fashion heritage and craftsmanship.

Using Halima Aden, an internationally celebrated model, who is known for proudly proclaiming that her hijab is her crown, is a long-awaited and much appreciated move from the magazine - Vogue Arabia has come a long way since its first issue which upset the internet earlier this year.

Read more: Gigi Hadid wears hijab on cover of Vogue Arabia - divides social media

The former pageant queen who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and later immigrated to the United States, is therefore a necessary breath of fresh air for the evolving fashion and beauty industry.

Especially at a time when representation and diversity matter so much to young girls who need role models who look like them. See what Halima says in this Instagram video:

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