Halima Aden creates face masks for hijabi frontline workers

Halima Aden has helped design a range of face masks for those who wear hijabs. The model, who is best known for being the first to wear a hjiab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has teamed up with Anywear and…

Halima Aden has helped design a range of face masks for those who wear hijabs.

The model, who is best known for being the first to wear a hjiab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has teamed up with Anywear and Allure magazine’s Banding Together project to create a collection of face coverings and hijab sets.

Before she embarked on her modelling career, the 22-year-old used to clean hospital rooms at St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota, so she knows what it’s like to try and wear face and head coverings at the same time.

“Early on, I understood the importance of wearing that extra protective gear, whether it was the gloves or the personal protection equipment, so when Covid-19 happened, and there were so many shortages, I felt such sympathy,” she told Vogue.com. “I struggled with my scarf and having to pin it… I can remember wishing that there was a way for the hijab to be a part of the uniform instead of me having to go and match the fabric and never be able to find scarf options to go with my scrubs.”

While traditional face masks are secured behind the ears, Aden’s face coverings come with a “built-in extender” comprised of two buttons so they can clasp around the back of the head. For each purchase, Anywear officials will donate a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I wanted something that would bring joy to the patients and the healthcare workers,” the model said of the collection. “This is giving people the tools to feel comfortable and do their job to the best of their ability… There are so many hijabi women working in healthcare, and their comfort is as important as anyone else’s in the workforce.”

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