It’s not often a fresh face on the scene walks the Fashion Week runway and completely sweeps us off our feet, but we think this girl could be on the verge of changing fashion.
After signing with IMG less than a week ago, the Somali-American model Halima Aden made her New York Fashion Week debut at Yeezy Season 5 wearing her hijab and a floor-length tan fur coat from the collection. The beauty hit the catwalk in her hijab, proudly representing Muslim women around the world while she was at it.
It was a statement that not only turned heads, but got the industry buzzing about the 19-year-old who stole the show on the catwalk. Aden first got everyone’s attention when she donned her scarf and a burkini at the Miss Minnesota pageant last year.
Aden was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and didn’t have her sights set on becoming a model. “I didn’t really have modeling in mind,” the Muslim, model who later became an American citizen, told BoF. “I wanted to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them.”
WE SAID THIS: It’s clear that the St. Cloud University freshman student is becoming the fashion world’s new fixation as her Instagram followers (now 46,000) are shooting up rapidly.