Hijabi Model Walks for Kanye West’s Yeezy Fashion Show

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Yes, this is what happened at the much-talked about event! Meet Halima Aden, the hijab-wearing model who everyone is talking about. By Shruti Gattani

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Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion shows are nothing short of surprises. His previous collections have stirred controversies, while models collapsing on the runway (blame the hours-long wait under the scorching sun). Nonetheless, it is that one show where you see the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan out in full force, seated in the front row. However, not much of drama, the recent show garnered praises, especially West for featuring a young hijab-wearing model in a fur coat, striking a fierce pose, while elegantly walking away from the crowd.

The real question is: Who is Halima Aden? She is the first hijab-wearing model signed to IMG, the top modelling agency that also maintains rosters for Lily Aldridge, Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, many Victoria’s Secret Angels and of course both Hadid sisters. Born in a refugee camp, Aden became a head-turner when she competed for Miss Minnesota USA. Throughout the pageant she wore a hijab, and proudly donned a burkini in the swimsuit round.

Post the competition, she took to Instagram and wrote, “Beauty isn’t a one size fits all. We need to celebrate everyone and welcome those who are different than us. This year has had so much negativity, it’s time to move away from the hate and learn to accept. I’m choosing LOVE because a nation that doesn’t stand together will fall.”

Currently a student, she is walking up the ladder and soon becoming an accomplished name in the industry. She has already posed for her first big shoot. Tapped by Carine Roitfeld, she starred in the latest edition of the CR Fashion Book, “dream come true”, she mentioned on her Insta-feed.

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In an industry, where it is extremely difficult to break the ongoing conformity, she has become an encouraging face for Muslim women trying hard to step into this fashion world, which is constantly on the move. Aden has found a way to keep both her values and her aspirations, and the world is admiring her for disseminating this strong message. “Always stay true to who you are—barriers can and will be broken,” Halima told Vogue.

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