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Six Hijab-Wearing Trailblazers To Know On World Hijab Day

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Feb. 1 was World Hijab Day and in honor of the occasion we celebrate the trailblazing hijab-wearing athletes, models, musicians and politicians breaking the mold.

Halima Aden. Photo Credit: Myles Kalus Anak Jihem, Wikimedia Commons
Halima Aden. Photo Credit: Myles Kalus Anak Jihem, Wikimedia Commons

Halima Aden

The Somali-American model, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, made headlines as the first hijab-wearing model when she made her runway debut at the Yeezy Season 5 show in 2016.

Nura Afia. Photo: Instagram/nuralailalov
Nura Afia. Photo: Instagram/nuralailalov

Nura Afia

In 2016, CoverGirl named Muslim beauty blogger Nura Afia an ambassador for the new So Lashy! BlastPro Mascara, making her not only the first hijab-wearing woman, but the first Muslim figure, to star in a campaign for the beauty brand.

Ghaliaa Chaker

Based in the UAE’s  Al-Ain, the rising Syrian star began performing in talent shows across the emirate before relocating to Dubai to pursue her singing career.

Ibtihaj Muhammad. Photo Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikimedia Commons
Ibtihaj Muhammad. Photo Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikimedia Commons

Ibtihaj Muhammad

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Ibtihaj Muhammad made history as the first American athlete to compete in the games wearing a hijab.

Stephanie Kurlow

Based in Sydney, Australia, Stephanie Kurlow first rose to prominence as the world’s first hijab-wearing ballerina.

Ilhan Omar. Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull, Wikimedia Commons.
Ilhan Omar. Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull, Wikimedia Commons.

Ilhan Omar

The 37-year-old Democrat became the first African refugee and hijab-wearing woman to serve in Congress after beating out five other candidates in 2018’s primary race to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Arab News

Arab News

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper. It was founded in 1975 by Hisham and Mohammed Ali Hafiz. Today, it is one of 29 publications produced by Saudi Research & Publishing Company (SRPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG).

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