Model Halima Aden designed face masks for frontline workers who wear hijabs
Somali-American model Halima Aden has partnered with technology company Anywear and Allure to design a range of face masks for front workers wearing hijabs, including matching protective facewear and turbans. Aden hit the headlines in 2016 when she was the first Miss Minnesota USA candidate to wear a hijab, and created the capsule collection with hijab-friendly masks to help healthcare workers of all faiths feel good and safe during the corona virus (Covid19 pandemic .
As part of the Banding Together project, Aden helped develop a range of facewear with special details for employees at the forefront, with a focus on comfort. At the start of the pandemic, Aden shared on Instagram that she used to work at St. Cloud Minnesota Hospital to clean patient rooms. She knows first-hand how important it is for workers to have the protective equipment they need. However, there aren't many options specifically for people wearing hijabs, especially since normal face masks usually don't contain pens, buttons, or closures to properly secure a hijab.
"After working in a hospital for a few months in my career as a model, it was important to support this project," wrote Aden on Banding Together's official website.
“With many women wearing hijab working in health facilities, I wanted to make sure they had a convenient way to wear a mask while their hair was covered. It can also get hot when healthcare workers run around so fast that a breathable fabric was a must, ”she added.
Shoppers can purchase their designs with a range of customization options from the hijab set ($ 45), which comes with a headwrap and matching face cover, as well as an option for an extender and a set of four matching hair ties. You can also buy a pack of three facewear, made from either breathable bamboo ($ 40) or tetra fabric for the warmer months ($ 40). It also sells a separate set of turbans ($ 52) for those who may already have face masks at home.
In a solid selection of pretty prints and colors, Aden added: “I really wanted the pieces to convey a feeling of calm and serenity. That's why I chose soft shades that convey a feeling of peace. "
And perhaps the best thing about it: with every purchase, Anywear is matched with a donation of a headband or a medical cap with buttons to a needy doctor. As if we needed more reasons to click "Add to Cart".
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