Somali-American model Halima Aden first took over the pageant world and is now about to conquer the fashion industry too. The hijab-wearing Minnesotan has signed with modeling agency IMG Models and is slated to debut in the Yeezy Season 5 runway show at New York Fashion Week, according to Business of Fashion.
Though the agency has signed Muslim models before, Ivan Bart, president of IMG, calls Aden's commitment to the hijab unique and refreshing. “I found that she was just so brave to stick to what she really believed in and yet go after the American dream of being in a beauty contest,” Bart told the site.
The 19-year-old first made headlines back in November after competing in Minnesota's Miss USA competition while wearing a hijab. For the swimsuit portion of the competition, the model proudly rocked a burkini.
The model, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, said that modeling was something that was never on her mind. “I wanted to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them," Aden told Business of Fashion.
Next, Ade will be featured in the March issue of CR Fashion Book. "Halima is breaking boundaries of beauty and perception by being herself. I find this incredibly inspiring, and I know she will be an icon," editor Carine Roitfeld told the site.
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