'Wonder Woman' Halima Aden Is Dramatic Gorgeous For ELLE UK November 2018

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Rising model Halima Aden is styled by Solange Franklin as one of ELLE UK’s ‘Wonder Women’, lensed by Clay Stephen Gardner./ Makeup by Grace Ahn; hair by Nai’vasha Johnson

As the first Muslim woman wearing a hijab in the world of high fashion, 21-year-old Halima Aden, a Somali refugee growing up in Minnesota, is hailed “as the role model we need in 2018” by British ELLE. “She’s the model who stays true to her beliefs. The proud refugee embracing American culture — without forgetting where she came from.”

We’ve all noticed a more modest direction in fashion, and ELLE UK quantifies it. “The Islamic fashion industry is set to be worth £267 billion by 2O21*, with modest fashion dominating the AW18 runways of Gucci, Calvin Klein 2O5W39NYC, Alexander Wang, Versace, Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior and more. Here, Halima talks about the journey with Muslim Girl editor-in-chief Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, a fellow hijabi and role model redefining what Muslim women can do. “

Carine Roitfeld has backed Halima from day one, and launched her first girl gaggle photoshoot. Reflecting, Halima shares the experience: “It was for CR Fashion Book. Mario Sorrenti was shooting, there was Gigi [Hadid], Paris Jackson, Candice Swanepoel. I will never forget, Paris was like, ‘Girl, any time you’re in LA, just shoot me a text and we’ll hang out.’ She immediately embraced me and it was the same with Candice. She was like, ‘Don’t ever feel like you need to change yourself.’ “

Gigi Hadid also greeted Halima with open arms. “Yes, it was a Milan show for Alberta Ferretti. She came up to me and said, ‘Welcome to the show. If you need any advice, any tips, just come to me.’ I was freaking out – it’s Gigi! But she is super, super sweet.”

The ELLE interview highlight’s Halima being named with Gigi as new UNICEF ambassadors — all topics AOC has covered previously.

Mary Fix Flashes A Captivating India Graham For Hunger Magazine F/W 2018

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Michigan native India Malaika Graham’s life took a major turn when she won a modelling competition sposored by W magazine and IMG models. ELLE UK introduced India to readers in April 2017.

India is styled here by Jess Mederos in images by Mary Fix for Hunger Magazine Fall/Winter 2018./ Makeup by Caitlan Wooters ; hair by Sirsa

Alexander Saladrigas Flashes Lara Stone & Pat Boguslawski On Holiday For ELLE UK August 2018

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Supermodel Lara Stone and Movement Director & Creative Consultant Pat Boguslawski are 'On Holiday', styled by Gillian Wilkins. Photographer Alexander Saladrigas captures the couple hanging out with the people for ELLE UK August 2018./ Hair by Shinya Nakagawa; makeup by Homa Safar

Kosovan-Brit Singer Dua Lipa Covers ELLE UK June 2018, Lensed By Liz Collins In 'New Life Rules'

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Kosovan-Brit Singer Dua Lipa Covers ELLE UK June 2018, Lensed By Liz Collins In 'New Life Rules'

Pop star Dua Lipa is styled by Anne-Marie Curtis in 'New Life Rules', lensed by Liz Collins for ELLE UK June 2018. Lipa's star is rising high, and she will drop into Miami on June 12, writes Ocean Drive. 

Lipa is interviewed by ELLE UK's Hannah Nathanson, who writes:

"Since releasing her debut eponymous album in June 2017, Dua has become known as a warrior of love for a new generation of women. Her raw, honest lyrics hinge on female empowerment, relationships and heartbreak, and are backed by a unique strain of dark pop, which Dua describes as ‘dance crying’. ‘It’s all quite fun to dance to, but if you listen to just the lyrics, or strip it down and just do a piano version of it, it’s quite sad,’ she explains. Her voice is warm and husky, a personal trademark once singled out for being too low when she auditioned for the school choir. Now, though, her mature, soulful tone is the reason she’s become the most-streamed female artist in the UK."

Cindy Bruna Chills In 'Summer Lovin' By Gilles Bensimon For Elle UK June 2018

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Model Cindy Bruna chills in 'Summer Lovin', styled by Felicity Kay. Photographer Gilles Bensimon is behind the lens for Elle UK June 2018./ Hair by Lok Lau; makeup by Andrew Gallimore

Niko Riam & Frances Coombe Unite In 'Beyond the Pale' By Steph Wilson For Elle UK May 2018

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Models Niko Riam & Frances Coombe are a study in dramatic contrasts, styled by Gillian Wilkins for 'Beyond the Pale'. Photographer Steph Wilson captures the double entrendre editorial for Elle UK May 2018./ Hair by Susanne Lichtenegger; makeup by William Bartel