Somali-American Halima Aden made history last night walking the ramp for Kanye West modelling his Yeezy Season 5 collection at New York Fashion Week.
The 19 year old model, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, made headlines last year when she participated in US beauty pageant and proudly competed in the swimsuit round modelling a burkini.
Industry experts are already predicting the young model's career to soar exponentially. Shortly after signing to renowned IMG models Halima went on social media this week to tell her following-
"I signed with the top modelling agency in the WORLD and still wore my hijab as my crown. Don't ever change yourself... change the game".
First hijab-wearing model walking for Yeezy at NYFW ! 19-year-old Somali-American Muslim #HalimaAden rocked a #hijab at her #NYFW debut. In November, she became the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini. Now she's about to take the fashion world by storm. Halima: "I signed with the top modeling agency in the WORLD and still wore hijab as my crown. Don't ever change yourself ..Change the game❤️" Her words are a true inspiration to all the young ladies who would do anything and change everything just to fit in! RESPECT 👏🏽
@Regrann from @guardiannigeria: Rap superstar turned designer Kanye West broke boundaries by putting hijab-wearing Somali-American model Halima Aden on the New York catwalk as he unveiled a new, more adult Yeezy Season 5 collection. The 19-year-old who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, but is now a US citizen, hopes her appearance in such a high-profile show will propel her into a much bigger league than did the headlines she first made last year — when she became the first woman to compete in a Miss Minnesota beauty pageant in a hijab. “My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” she said in an interview with Vogue. “I haven’t received any pressure to be anything other than myself, and for that, I am so grateful.” To read the full article, visit www.guardian.ng and search for ‘Halima Aden Kanye West’ #HalimaAden #KanyeWest #Yeezy #Model #NewYork #Fashion #MuslimWoman #Woman #Hijab #TheGuardianNg