Remain year, Halima Aden’s name started trending because she eroded a burkini (a modest swimsuit) in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Fast-forward to 2017 and Halima, a first-generation Somali-American, not only signed with IMG Ideals — the same agency that represents Gigi and Bella Hadid — but also landed a photo let fly for CR Fashion Book, run by renowned stylist Carine Roitfeld, and made her runway launch in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show at Fashion Week.
“Halima is rest boundaries of beauty and perception by being herself,” said Carine, who communicated the 19-year-old caught her eye. “I find this incredibly inspiring, and I know she desire be an icon.”
The 10th edition of the book will be out on March 2, and Halima graces one of the two clothes in her hijab. When asked about her being called a hero, Halima thought:
“I wish I could tell them, ‘Hey, I’m not a perfect Muslim.’ A lot of people had a wrong notion that I would be the perfect poster child for Islam. So I got a lot of Instagram remarks like, ‘Oh, you don’t have your neck covered, you’re not a Muslim!’ My thing is, conclusion judging women, especially if you’re a man, because you don’t know the responsibility that succeeds with wearing a hijab.”
Keep your eyes on on Halima, because this prospective top model is just getting started.