Nineteen-year-old Halima Aden is no ordinary teenager. Recently, she modeled in a new groundbreaking campaign and walked at New York Fashion Week. It’s a lot for any young woman. Halima is Muslim (Somali), wearing the hijab as a model beginning her career in the fashion industry.
Aden was born in a refugee camp, in Kenya. She attended college at St. Cloud University, and went on to compete in the 2017 Miss Minnesota pageant. Halima wore a Burkini in the swimsuit portion of the pageant, and has said her goal is to project confidence. She wants make a statement to other women—be proud of your own unique beauty.
Now, Halima Aden has been signed to IMG Models. This is big. The same agency representing Gigi Hadid (and other big names) is now representing a young hijabi. Halima is also featured on the cover of CR Fashion Book—her first major magazine. In this issue, the young model is interviewed by industry veteran Iman (who is Somali, like Halima).
She has already walked at Kanye West’s Yeezy show during NYFW, and for Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara in Milan. Aden was also featured on upscale modest fashion site Modist.com. The brand put out a collection for Ramadan, and Halima modeled for this line.
What will be next for Halima Aden? She seems to be ready to take on the world, and has made her mission clear—to spread the message that Muslim women are as unique as anybody else, and not opressed by their own personal choices. Beyond that, Halima has said she wants to show young women they can be gorgeous in their own right regardless of what society and popular culture dictates.
In summary—Halima, you rock.