Nura Afia, 25, is the first hijabi to be featured by CoverGirl in a new national ad campaign. In this interview with Mary McCarthy of PBS’ NewsHour, Ms. Afia talks about her experience going from a popular Vlogger (with 340,000 followers on Instagram and over 200,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel) to a CoverGirl spokeswoman and model, and how she hopes to inspire young women.
Here are some snippets from the interview:
“CoverGirl was the big break for me that I never thought I would get. That was a national beauty campaign that I never thought I would see anyone that looks like me featured in or anyone that dresses like me.”
“Hijab isn’t just how you dress. It’s supposed to be how you act. If someone that has never met a Muslim and they meet me, and that’s their first experience, I’m hoping that it’s the best experience, and that wearing the hijab reminds me that it needs to be the best experience for everyone that comes across me.”
“I posted I was in the Glamour magazine today. And someone said, ‘Congratulations, paving the way for Muslim women everywhere.’