Halima Aden (First Hijab-Wearing Model) On The Cover Of Teen Vogue
20-year-old Halima Aden, a Somali-American, was born at a Kenyan refugee camp, which she recently revisited exclusively with Teen Vogue. Now at 20 years old, Halima has become one of fashion’s most recognizable faces: She’s graced the covers of Vogue Arabia, Allure, Glamour, and CR Fashion Book, to name a few. Last year, she also walked in the Yeezy Season 5 show in New York City.
In her short life, she has become an American citizen, a high school homecoming queen, and a high-profile, barrier-smashing model who has graced the covers of Vogue Arabia, Allure, and Glamour. Halima is the first hijabi model to sign with top modelling agency IMG, compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant walk the runways in New York and Milan while wearing a hijab.
“Growing up, I never saw magazine articles painting Muslim women in a positive light. In fact, if I saw an article about someone who looked like me, it would be the complete opposite,” Halima says.
But now, thanks to her, representation of Muslim and hijab-wearing women is increasing, which gives future generations an array of diverse role models to look up to. Halima is all about owning who you are and being totally unapologetic about it, and that’s something we can definitely get behind.
Halima Aden, being the first hijab-wearing model to sign with IMG and Teen Vogue’s July cover star, has built a career around being a trailblazer. She was the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant and the first to walk the runways in New York and Milan while wearing a hijab, and she’s just been named an ambassador for UNICEF, a humanitarian organization that serves children and mothers around the world.
“When I got that opportunity to sign with IMG models, I made sure I wasn’t conforming,” Halima told CBS This Morning. “Our first-ever sit-down was four hours, and I did it on my own terms. Every time I go on set, I know that the people who are doing the shoot already know my requirements. They know what I can wear, they already have an understanding, and I’ve always felt safe.”