Halima Aden is “super proud” to be joining Vogue Arabia as the publication’s new diversity editor-at-large.
The 22-year-old took to Instagram to announce the news on Thursday, and in her statement, explained to her followers that she will be working with editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut on topics including human rights and racial equality.
“I’m super proud to announce that I’m joining @voguearabia as Diversity Editor at Large. I’ll be working together with the team on the promotion of topics such as human rights, race and diversity, and acceptance,” she wrote. “I’m looking forward to teaming up with @mrarnaut – the magazine’s editor, to bring you content that is meaningful and relevant, based on my own personal experience.”
Halima’s new role will include writing a monthly column that will highlight “hard-hitting social topics, inspiring personalities, and committed organisations with impactful work.”
The Somali-American star was the first person to wear a hijab on a Vogue cover when she fronted Vogue Arabia’s June issue back in 2017.
“I commend Manuel on his work over the past few years in showcasing a wide range of models from all different backgrounds,” she added. “I am most grateful that he is bringing me on, once again highlighting the value that Vogue Arabia continues to place on awareness, especially when it comes to topics that most affect those who are not necessarily represented within their current staff.”
Meanwhile, Manuel explained that he was motivated to hire Halima to help the fashion magazine “better curate topics” and strive to become more inclusive.
“I believe that in order to create content that is truly effective and meaningful, we need extra support from someone who embodies the values of our time and understands the struggles and all the layers of the topics that society is discussing now,” he stated. “I’m excited to continue our journey together.”
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