We are proud to welcome you back to HK to share yet another woman who is KILLING the game all while keeping her hijab on.
We first learned of Halima Aden back in November when she made headlines as the first beauty pageant contestant (Miss Minnesota USA) to wear hijab. That in itself speaks volumes to how ruthless she is to want to dip her toes into such a cut-throat competition. She reached the final 15 ladies out of 45, which is still a huge accomplishment for her first pageant. Her mission was to show people that there is beauty in being covered up. Little did she know how much of an impact the young girl born in a Kenyan refugee camp would have when she moved to the U.S. at 6 years old.
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With striking high cheekbones and full lips (Somali features, duh) met with her adorable dimples and braces, this young woman definitely stands out in a crowd of today’s models. She has recently signed with IMG becoming the first hijabi model to sign a contract with THE biggest modeling agency currently representing household names like Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, and Gisele Bündchen. “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,” said IMG Models president Ivan Bart. Halima is already making herself a force to be reckoned with. AND I’M NOT DONE.
Today in NYFW, Kanye West debuted his Yeezy Season 5 collection with Halima Aden making her runway debut. Yes, you read that correctly. A hijabi modeled for Kanye West’s line. THE FEELS. Moments like this are the reason why we blog. This is what I call making a statement. She hit the runway sporting a luxurious fur coat. Halima shared on Instagram, “I signed with the top modeling agency in the WORLD and still wore my hijab as my crown. Don’t ever change yourself…Change the game.” And that she did.
My hat (hijab, whatever) goes off to Halima Aden, the 19 year old (YES NINETEEN) who we adore for breaking through the stereotypes and misconceptions Muslim women fall under. You are getting the world to see what you’ve saw in yourself all along. Take that Trump; A SOMALI, MUSLIM, BLACK FEMALE DOING THE DAMN THING. Mashallah times 1000. This generation of young girls are so lucky to have someone to look up to. I still remember that constant self doubt that haunted my years of boy hoodies and CK hijabs. (LOL)
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