And it was badass AF
19-year-old, Halima Aden, was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and moved to the US with her parents as a child. Recently, IMG Models has just signed her, a hijab-wearing model, who first made waves when she represented Minnesota in last year’s Miss USA competition. This week, she made her runway debut during this New York fashion week, walking for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show.
Aden also captured the eye of Carine Roitfeld, Harper Bazaar’s global fashion director. “Halima is breaking boundaries of beauty and perception by being herself. I find this incredibly inspiring, and I know she will be an icon.” Roitfeld is also the creator of the CR Fashion Book, which by the way, will feature Aden, come March.
Aden’s modesty was recently spotted in an interview when she said: “I didn’t really have modeling in mind,” Aden told Business of Fashion. “I wanted to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them.” Getting signed to IMG is definitely a means to an end.
On Instagram she wrote, “Don’t ever change yourself. Change the game.” We have a feeling this breakout star might just end up a household name.
— IMG Models (@IMGmodels) February 15, 2017