Halima Aden: Meet The Somali – American Model That Has The World Talking As She Takes Over The Runway Wearing A Hijab


Somali – American model Halima Aden, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and recently signed to IMG Models has got the spotlight on her for her bold move in the fashion world.

Halima was brought to the limelight during the Miss Minnesota pageant where she decided to wear a Hijab and a Burkini during the swimsuit category of the show.

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Halima, however, did not make the top three of the Minnesota pageant but caught the eyes and attention of a number of big names in the industry.

Since the Miss Minnesota pageant, her career has been on the rise being a part of the selected models at Yeezy season 5 and also appearing on the cover of CR Fashion Book.

Halima Aden

CR Fashions Book editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld was quick to let the world know she’s a big fan of Halima.

“Halima is breaking boundaries of beauty and perception by being herself, I find this incredibly inspiring, and I know she will be an icon.”

About Halima Aden

Halima Aden

Halima Aden is a 19-year-old Somali-American born in a Kenyan refugee camp. Growing up, Halima never thought about modeling. She describes one of the happiest days in her life as the day she officially became an American citizen. She is a very smart young lady who is proud to be representing Muslim women in ways never done before.

“I want to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them,” Halima has been quoted saying.

Being a part of Yeezy season 5 has gotten a lot more people talking about her and her intrepid choice of wearing her hijab while modeling Kanye West’s designs.

Though the young model is still new to the fashion world, she couldn’t be any happier as she airs her views on how everyone has been welcoming and somewhat flexible with the choices she has made.

Talking about her experience so far, Halima said she is grateful for not just being presented with the opportunity at hand but also happy to have had a brief meeting with Kanye and Kim at her fitting for the show.

On staying strong to her goals, she said;

”My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself, always stay true to who you are – barriers can and will be broken!”

Halima Aden’s Education

Halima Aden

Halima is currently enrolled as a freshman at St. Cloud University and her goal is to become a U.N. ambassador after graduation.

What To Expect From Halima Aden

The future only looks bright for Halima, as she has started off her career working with only the best and the biggest names in the industry.

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”For me, being able to say that my first-ever photo shoot was with one of the most well-known and iconic fashion photographers in the world is unbelievable. He is a true talent, and I cannot wait for the world to see all of the images he captured.”

Contradictions With The Muslim Community

After her participation in the Miss Minnesota pageant, Muslims online described her display as ‘haram’, saying it is forbidden by Islamic law.

Some further went on to say Islam considers it a sin to alter ones appearance like one would during the beautifying process required by fashion pageants.