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Since coming to forestage just after her graduation from high school, Somali Model Ugbad Abdi has risen to be one of the most sought after models of 2019.


She has walked for Burberry, Chanel, Fendi and Marc Jacobs; and appeared in Vogue’s April, August and September issues all the while sticking to her faith; not wearing skin-bearing clothes or reveal her hair.

This month, she’s on the cover of Vogue Arabia issue dedicated to celebrating legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh who passed on last month.

Accord to the editor of the magazine Manuel Arnaut, the issue includes more than 30 never-before-seen images taken by Peter Lindbergh, featuring the hijabi model.


We shot the story this summer, in New York City, with Peter super excited to understand and dive into the spirit of the Arab world, portraying the concept of modesty though his acclaimed eye”

From a Somali refugee to becoming New York’s breakout model, the model shares with Vogue her excitement at her journey to fame.

“I couldn’t believe how quickly it happened. “Fast-forward a year later, and I’m living in New York with a dream job!”

Nominated as one of the models of #BoF500, she talks about her faith and her attachment to the hijab.


The hijab is a part of the person I am. It gives me a sense of comfort to be myself at all times. It gives me a voice.

Check Vogue.com for more on the feature

By Sarah Oyedo

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