Giving a well-deserved nod to the multicultural richness of today’s young faces in modeling, Allure is featuring Native models Khadijha Red Thunder and Shania Russell in its July issue on the ethnically diverse ‘American Beauty.’
On a cover that features the muslim model Halima Aden, who is wearing a hijab, a red hoodie sweatshirt and braces, the headline states, “Meet Halima, Muslim. Model. Destroyer of Stereotypes. This is American Beauty.”
Say hello to #HalimaAden—the first hijab-wearing model to a) sign to IMG, b) walk in a Yeezy Season fashion show, c) compete in Miss Minnesota USA, and d) cover #allure. Get to know the 19-year-old Somali American model, who’s breaking down every boundary in the fashion industry. “Society puts so much pressure on girls to look a certain way,” she says. “I have much more to offer than my physical appearance, and a hijab protects me against ‘You’re too skinny,’ ‘You’re too thick,’ ‘Look at her hips,’ ‘Look at her thigh gap.’ I don’t have to worry about that.” Tap the link in bio for our full interview. ????: @solvesundsbostudio ????: @beatbolliger ????: @philippetholimet ????: @thevalgarland ????: @mariannewman
In the issue, Native models Khadijha Red Thunder and Shania Russell appear on several of the pages, alongside other models of color. They also have full feature pages in the subsection titled “The New Faces, Meet the Next Generation of American Models.”
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Khadijha Red Thunder appears in a fun photo highlighting a jean scrunchie, and Shania Russell is in two-page spread wearing a floral print full length skirt, blouse and colorful scarf.
Russell, who is a member of the Crow tribe in Montana, says in Allure: “People ask about my long hair, but Native Americans, we don’t cut our hair unless we lose a loved one… I live on a reservation. I see Wolf Mountain to my left, Bighorn to the right, and the hills in my backyard were Little Bighorn Battlefield… I learned to value the land, not destroy it. Appreciating all aspects of life — my culture, my family, the mountains — that’s American beauty. It’s a way of life.”
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