Model Halima Aden is the first black woman to appear on the cover of Essence magazine wearing a hijab.
Aden said in a tweet Monday that she is thankful for the distinction. The tweet was accompanied by an image of the magazine's January/February 2020 cover.
"A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly on this historic 50th anniversary cover," Aden said.
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The Somali American model also said the cover is the first she will appear on in 2020.
A spokeswoman for Essence described Aden, who was born in Kenya and moved to the United States when she was seven years old, as a "beauty disruptor" in a statement to NBC News. Aden could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
"As we get ready to step into a whole new decade, Essence continues to break the mold," the spokeswoman said. The upcoming issue is "just a taste of how Essence is celebrating every black woman in 2020."
Essence shared a first look of its January/February 2020 cover and a statement about Aden on its website.
"There have been several moments in model Halima Aden’s life when she’s broken a barrier by simply being who she is," the statement said. "The model and activist was the first Muslim homecoming queen at her high school; the first Somali student senator at her college; and the first hijab-wearing woman to be the face of numerous fashion magazine covers, including Allure and British Vogue."