Aminata Touré became the first black minister of the German government when she was sworn in as the Social affairs, Youth, Family, Seniors, Integrations and Equality minister in June 2022.
Born in 1992, to immigrant parents of Malian origin in the German cityof Neumünster, the Afro-German and her family grew up with the fear of being deported until she gained her German citizenship when she was 12. That fear pushed her passion to join a political party at the age of 20 when she started her university education, studying political science.
Her passion was further fueled by the fact that as a member of a minority group, she had to give in a 100% more than her counterparts in other to succeed. She has stated that she wanted to see more diversity in German politics and was working to facilitate a world where everyone has equal opportunities.
On the 18th of November 2022, Vogue Germany announced Aminata as the cover star of the magazine’s December 2022 issue making her the first minister to be featured on the cover page.
This has gotten several pleasant reactions on social media with several people referring to Aminata as ‘a trailblazer, as usual’.
In her Vogue interview feature, Aminata talks about her vision of diversity among German politicians and policymakers with while sharing how the first 100 days as a Minister have been.
She shares, with the Vogue Germany team, how one of her main focuses is to create transparency in the process of policy-making. She mentioned how knowledge and transparency concerning how policies are created were important to run a democracy.