Model Halima Aden’s Partnership With Vita Coco Supports Coconut Farming

By Jamila Stewart

For Somali-American model, Halima Aden, fashion and activism go hand in hand. Only four years into her career, the 23-year-ld already has enormous accomplishments under her belt, including becoming the first model to grace the cover of magazines from Essence to British Vogue wearing a hijab.

Still, the model says it’s her philanthropic efforts, including becoming a UNICEF ambassador in 2018 that remain her proudest moments. Now, in partnership with water brand Vita Coco, Aden is celebrating Day of the Girl by helping to improve the quality of education for children in low-income coconut farming communities in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Champions Day of the Girl

Day of the Girl, declared an international observance day by the United Nations in 2012 and celebrated annually on October 11, brings awareness to gender inequality faced by girls around the world, including inequality in access to education, legal rights and medical care.

“We’re talking about … a huge chunk of young girls that could potentially be our future leaders,” Aden says. “We want them to be future entrepreneurs, doctors.. enter the workforce. Investing in them and their futures, it’s absolutely critical. I’m excited to, [along with Vita Coco], highlight, discuss and put the spotlight back on important issues like educating young girls, and putting them in the classroom.”

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