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5 Hijabi Models That Really Need To Be On Your Radar


At last, the fashion industry is becoming a much more inclusive place.
While there aren’t yet as many hijabis on modelling agencie’s books as we would like to see, there are far more than there were some years ago.

So, to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the rising hijabi stars of the fashion world below:

Mariah Idrissi

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She was first spotted while she was working at a children’s shop at Westfield Shopping Centre in 2015, and has since gone on to shoot editorials for magazines around the world (including Emirates Woman), as well as acting as a public speaker and passionate philanthropist.

Halima Aden

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She zoomed into the public eye in 2016 after donning traditional Muslim dress to compete in a US beauty pageant, and this 20-year-old has gone on to become a stalwart on catwalks around the globe.

The Somali-American star, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, has walked for big-name brands including Yeezy, MaxMara and Philipp Plein, and was snapped up by IMG Models, the agency that represents Gisele Bündchen, Gigi Hadid and Kate Moss, last year.

She’s also appeared on magazine covers, billboards and red carpets, and we’re expecting to see a lot more of her throughout 2019 and beyond.

Ikram Abdi Omar

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This up-and-coming catwalk star, represented by Bookings Model Agency, is a British model who made her debut at this season’s London Fashion Week, walking for designer Molly Goddard. Omar has also appeared in London Modest Fashion Week, and we predict big things for her.

Shahira Yusuf

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Modelling agency Storm made their first hijabi signing this year, snapping up this 20-year-old Londoner to join their books. Yusuf is only just starting out in the industry, but told Culture Trip she’s “looking forward to doing more photo shoots [and] hoping to do some runway shows” in 2019 and beyond.

Ruba Zai

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She might have started out as a style blogger, but this Afghani-Dutch YouTuber is now a bonafide campaign star. The 23-year-old, who runs fashion and beauty channel Hijab Hills, has fronted adverts for Dolce & Gabbana and YSL Beauty. Zai welcomed her first baby back in November so has been taking some well-earned time with her family in recent months, but we reckon there’ll be another big collaboration in her very near future.

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