'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.

Ajak Deng Blooms In 'Earthly Delights' Lensed By Ed Singleton For Elle UK December 2017


Ajak Deng Blooms In 'Earthly Delights' Lensed By Ed Singleton For Elle UK December 2017

Model Ajak Deng is styled by Solange Franklin in sumptuous prints and a blooming paradise of 'Earthly Delights', lensed by Ed Singleton for Elle UK December 2017./ Makeup by Stoj; hair by Tetsuya Yamakata

Deng revealed recently that she auditioned for a role as a Bond Girl in the new James Bond film, but was rejected due to her 'good looks'. She was, alas, "too pretty".

Thomas Whiteside Eyes Susan Sarandon, Ashley, Alek +Beth For Elle UK's November 2017 'Wonder Women' Issue

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Thomas Whiteside Eyes Susan Sarandon For Elle UK's November 2017 'Wonder Women' Issue

'Feud' star Susan Sarandon, who will return to FX in 2018 for a second season in her role of Bette Davis facing off against Hollywood legend Joan Crawford, played by Jessica Lange, covers the November cover of Elle UK's 'Wonder Women' issue. Sarandon joins Ashley Graham, Beth Ditto and Alek Wek as a group of women who span different generations and backgrounds. 

Solange Franklin styled Sarandon in selects from Celine, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Thom Browne and more for studio portraits by Thomas Whiteside.

Harper Smith Flashes Kate Bosworth For Harper's Bazaar Taiwan October 2017


Harper Smith Flashes Kate Bosworth For Harper's Bazaar Taiwan October 2017

Actor Kate Bosworth is styled by Solange Franklin in sumptuous elegance lensed by New York/LA (and sometimes Texas) based Harper Smith for Harper's Bazaar Taiwan October 2017./ Hair by Harry Josh; makeup by Hung Vanngo

Bosworth recently added her own voice to the discussion about sexism in Hollywood, telling Peoplethat filmmakers always seem to cast the male lead before locking down a star actress. She says this policy is without exception.