It's a big day for representation in mainstream fashion. Models Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar, and Amina Adan recently joined forces to grace the cover of Vogue Arabia.

On Instagram, the magazine said that the April issue "celebrates modest fashion" and is "dedicated to female empowerment." Vogue Arabia has been scrutinized for its editorial decisions in the past, including the time it portrayed Rihanna as an Egyptian queen.

This is the first cover for Omar and Adan. It's Aden’s second cover — she was previously a cover star for Vogue Arabia's June 2017 issue. "To think that just three years ago there was not a single Hijabi model and now fast-forward to the first Vogue Hijabi group cover," Aden wrote on her Insta. 


Vogue Arabia just made history.

The magazine put models Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar, and Amina Adan on the cover of its April issue. 

"Barely three years ago, there wasn’t a single hijabi on the international runways," Vogue Arabia wrote on Instagram. "Models Halima Aden (@halima), Ikram Abdi Omar (@ikramabdi), and Amina Adan (@amina_adan) are here to change that, bringing much-needed diversity to the industry. Learn more about their stories in our latest issue - on stands soon."

Adan made waves in her native Denmark for becoming the first hijabi signed to a modeling agency.

“I think most hijabis have met the same misconceptions: ‘Do you shower in it?’ ‘Were you forced by your parents?’ ” Adan explained to the magazine. In addition to being the first hijabi signed by a Danish agency, she also broke barriers by becoming the first hijabi to walk at Milan Fashion Week last year.

Omar is a trailblazer in her own right.

She said that she has dealt with questions similar to the ones Adan described.

"I haven’t experienced any challenges wearing the hijab as a model, apart from the occasional question asking if I was forced to wear it – which I wasn’t," she told Vogue Arabia. Omar made her big modeling debut at last year’s London Fashion Week and has since become one of the most sought-after new faces in fashion.

Aden emphasized the significance of personal choice when it comes to wearing the hijab.

"It's important to remember that wearing a hijab is a woman’s personal choice," she told the magazine. "And I never claimed to be the perfect Muslim girl." 

In the magazine's April issue, she discusses the pressures of representation, her life as a refugee, and her work as a UNICEF ambassador.

Omar is optimistic that the conversation is shifting.

“In the past, I would have had to bring extra headscarves with me just in case, but stylists mostly bring some for me now," she told Vogue Arabia. "They find it fascinating and get creative, which warms my heart because they see the beauty of the hijab every time a new look is created." 

This issue is all about championing modest fashion.

"Modest fashion has become more than a religious observance, spreading its wings around the globe to become a billion-dollar industry," the magazine explains. 

Aden recently shared some of her own thoughts on modest fashion on Insta: "Dressing modestly just got a whole lot more powerful." 

On social media, people were very excited about this groundbreaking cover.

Someone put all of our collective feelings into words by describing our current emotional state. 

"Why am I crying they are super beautiful," they wrote. Another person chimed in with this major truth bomb: "It's an amazing cover." Hey, facts are facts, and it's 100 percent factual that this cover is instantly iconic.

The Somali representation runs deep

Many felt like they were being seen and portrayed in the fashion world for the very first time, which was understandably emotional. 

"I get so excited when I see black women on the cover of Vogue Arabia," one person tweeted. "Black hijabis, I could actually cry with excitement. Keep pushing on ladies." 

It was a step in the right direction.

One fan of the cover recounted how they never saw a fashion spreads like this one when they were younger, further proving the power of representation and making everyone feel like they have a seat at the table.

"Things I did not see growing up: Black. Muslim. Modest. African. International. Model. On. Vogue. Arabia."

Props to these three ladies for showing the world how it's done.

"Growing up, I knew what it was like not having representation," Aden once said in an interview with i-D. "Not having somebody that you can look up to, it did affect me in a way. If I can give that opportunity to a girl, where she can flip through a magazine and see someone dressed like her, or someone who looks like her or has a similar background, I think that's important." 

Well, YOU DID THAT, girl.