Asef Noorzai (m. 2011)
Afia grew up in Aurora, Colorado with five siblings, and attended Smoky Hill High School. Her mother Anne was born a Christian in Lebanon to Swiss-Lebanese parents, and converted to Islam prior to marrying Afia's father who is Moroccan. When she was 18, Afia married a childhood friend.
While at home with her first baby in 2011, Afia began watching beauty videos online. She was inspired to start recording her own videos, using electronics borrowed from family. Over time she grew her channels to reach 213,000 YouTube subscribers and 300,000 Instagram followers. Afia also began to do photo shoots and work with modest fashion brands.
In November 2016, as part of a campaign to feature models from diverse backgrounds, CoverGirl cosmetics named Afia as a brand ambassador. She received many messages of support from Muslim women pleased to see a model in a hijab, however she was also criticised as hypocritical for both covering up with a hijab and seeking attention through make-up.
- Kaur, Harmeet. "A hijab-wearing Muslim is now one of the beautiful faces of CoverGirl". CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
- "She's the next CoverGirl, she wears a hijab — and she's from Denver – The Denver Post". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
- Paton, Elizabeth (2016-11-09). "CoverGirl Signs Its First Ambassador in a Hijab". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-11.