Halima Aden

Why Halima Aden returned to fashion after quitting modeling

As the fashion industry’s first hijab-wearing supermodel, Somali-American stunner Halima Aden is no stranger to breaking boundaries. But after walking runways for Yeezy and Alberta Ferretti — not to mention posing for British Vogue, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and more — Aden shocked fashion fans in November 2020 by quitting the catwalk, citing conflicts with her religious beliefs.
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Muslim supermodel Halima Aden speaks at UNC MSA Live event

As the audience filed into the Great Hall Friday evening, the scene was reminiscent of a high fashion show. A sea of black ties, floor-length gowns and multi-colored hijabs filled the room — even a hot-pink bedazzled cowboy hat made its way through the crowd. Muslim supermodel Halima Aden walked...

Fashion's First Muslim Supermodel, Halima Aden, On Why She Suddenly Quit The Industry

Halima Aden holds herself with the poise of a woman who, aged 23, had the conviction to walk away. ‘I don’t know if it’s self-sabotage but, in any career, I’m always ready to walk,’ says Halima, who rose from a childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp to make history wearing the hijab on the catwalks of Milan and New York, and appeared in a burkini on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

'Change the game': supermodel Halima Aden reinvents modest fashion

Halima Aden, the first supermodel to wear a hijab and pose in a burkini, has ripped up her lucrative contracts in an industry she feels lacks "basic human respect" and entered the world of modest fashion design instead. For the Somali-American who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, it was a matter of preserving her self-worth and well-being in a fast and loose sector that increasingly clashed with her Muslim values. "Since I was a little girl, this quote -- 'don't change yourself, change the game' -- has gotten me through so much in life," she told AFP in an interview in Istanbul. "When I took the decision to quit, that is exactly what I did," she said. "So I am very, very proud."

'I'm Not A Cover Girl': Halima Aden On Why She Decided To Leave A Modeling Career

Halima Aden had everything she thought she wanted. She made the cover of Vogue and the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. She walked the runway for Rihanna's Fenty Beauty and Kanye West's Yeezy. And she became known as the first supermodel to wear a hijab. It was a completely different life than she could have imagined when she was a child living in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled civil unrest in Somalia. They made their way to the U.S. - Minnesota, to be exact - and that's where she spent the last year, sequestered with her family during the pandemic. It gave her a lot of time to think, and last November, Halima decided to walk away from the fashion industry, just a few years after her modeling career began.