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THE DAILY / Ikram Abdi Omar wears Burberry Monogram

‘We made history.’ The Sweden-born, British-Muslim model Ikram Abdi Omar is reflecting on the success of her April 2019 Vogue Arabia cover (in which, alongside Halima Aden and Amina Adan, she posed wearing the hijab). ‘Three headscarf-wearing models on the cover of Vogue – that was a huge moment,’ she says. ‘When I was young, I didn’t see anyone that looked like me, or represented me in a way that I felt I could relate to. I don’t want this to be a trend. It should become the norm.’ As the first figure in our Burberry Monogram series, Omar – along with a group of other tastemakers, to be revealed throughout the week – puts her slant on a new capsule collection of pieces, reimagined in a monogram designed in collaboration with the graphic designer Peter Saville. Shop the collection below. Photography by Campbell Addy. Styling by Bojana Kozarevic.

‘I wouldn’t consider myself a Londoner yet, I moved here just over a year ago from Bristol.

My parents are Somalian and I’ve definitely been influenced by their heritage. Especially in terms of morals and having respect for people. I love wearing the dirac at weddings, it’s a traditional dress that’s really vibrant and sheer. I’m also a henna artist and I do it for all of the family at weddings. I’m so inspired by my parents’ journey too, moving to a whole new country and learning two new languages at the same time. They left Somalia and moved to Sweden, where I was born, during the civil war. I feel like everything they’ve been through was to give us a better life – they’re definitely my heroes. I have family in Tanzania too and I’m really into the colourful prints they wear – and the food! It’s a mixture of Arabian and Indian, lots of spices. I love to cook and that’s something I’ve taken from there. Home isn’t just one place to me. Home means spending time with the people I love.’

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