Halima Aden takes her own clothes to fashion shoots

Halima Aden

Halima Aden takes her own clothes to photoshoots in case she's uncomfortable with any of the outfits.

The Somali-American model is well known for her strict approach to dressing modestly, and refuses to remove her hijab for shoots, even wearing the head covering for her groundbreaking appearance in last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

In a new interview with British newspaper The Observer, Halima revealed that she takes her own clothes along to jobs so she can remain comfortable in front of the camera.

"It's not because I don't think people are going to listen - it's more so they know what to expect. I always bring extras - my own set of turbans, turtlenecks, tights - because it's a collaboration," she explained. "I also recognise that for a lot of people, in my first year especially, I was the only hijab-wearing girl they'd worked with. So, they're not going to necessarily know 100 per cent what to expect, just like I didn't know what to expect with fashion, because it's not the world that I come from."

While the fashion industry has been called out by critics over a lack of diversity in the last few years, the 22-year-old, who was the first hijab-wearing model to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, insisted her career should serve as a reminder as to how far the industry has come.

"The fact that I'm able to do runway, the fact that I have graced these magazine covers and wear a hijab on top of that, be who I am, have my identity, wear it proudly... I think fashion is doing a beautiful job," Halima added.

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