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'I never imagined it': Hanan Ibrahim reflects on being one of few Muslim models to wear a hijab on the runwayBy Kristy Johnson For Dai

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‘I never imagined it’: Hanan Ibrahim reflects on being one of few Muslim models to wear a hijab on the runway

She became Melbourne Fashion Festival’s first Muslim model to wear a hijab on the runway last year.

And Hanan Ibrahim told The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine that she never envisioned a career in the industry.

The 27-year-old who previously worked as a full-time radiation therapist said: ‘I never imagined that a woman who wears a hijab would – or could – be used as a model.’

'I never imagined it': Hanan Ibrahim (pictured), 27, reflected on being one of few Muslim models to wear a hijab on the Australian runway, in The Sunday Telegraph's Stellar magazine

‘I never imagined it’: Hanan Ibrahim (pictured), 27, reflected on being one of few Muslim models to wear a hijab on the Australian runway, in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine

Two years ago, Hanan’s fate was sealed when she attended a runway show and was approached by a talent scout.

The following year she walked the runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival, balancing her burgeoning modelling career with odd jobs.    

Hanan told Stellar that it’s an ‘honour’ to represent Muslim women in fashion.

Never in her wildest dreams: Hanan, who previously worked as a full-time radiation therapist, said: 'I never imagined that a woman who wears a hijab would - or could - be used as a model'

Never in her wildest dreams: Hanan, who previously worked as a full-time radiation therapist, said: ‘I never imagined that a woman who wears a hijab would – or could – be used as a model’ 

Incredible achievement: The social activist became Melbourne Fashion Festival's first Muslim model to wear a hijab on the runway last year (pictured at the event)

Incredible achievement: The social activist became Melbourne Fashion Festival’s first Muslim model to wear a hijab on the runway last year (pictured at the event) 

‘To work in an industry that many of us young Muslim girls have never felt represented in is a huge honour and privilege,’ she said.   

Alongside runways, Hanan has featured in campaigns for brands including Mimco and Remuse Designs.

The social activist told Fashion Journal in August last year that she feels Australia is making waves in terms of diversity in fashion.

Encounter: Two years ago, Hanan's fate was sealed when she attended a runway show and was approached by a talent scout

Encounter: Two years ago, Hanan’s fate was sealed when she attended a runway show and was approached by a talent scout 

Representation: Hanan told Stellar that it's an 'honour' to represent Muslim women in fashion. Pictured at the 2020 Melbourne Fashion Festival

Representation: Hanan told Stellar that it’s an ‘honour’ to represent Muslim women in fashion. Pictured at the 2020 Melbourne Fashion Festival 

‘Every photographer, designer and stylist that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this past year has just been incredibly open and receptive to me and who I choose to stand in this world as,’ she said. It’s been such an amazing journey.’

Hanan also reflected on walking the runway for the first time.

‘Ever since I’ve been on that runway, I’ve just loved it so much,’ she gushed.  

Latest issue: More of Hanan's interview with Stellar is featured in The Sunday Telegraph

Latest issue: More of Hanan’s interview with Stellar is featured in The Sunday Telegraph 

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