It’s time to forget about Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. There is a new “it ” girl to watch. I am taking about Halima Aden, the model who is shaking things up on the runway. It is only the second day of Milan Fashion Week and the model has already walked in two important runway shows: Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara.
Even though the Somali-American Model is signed by IMG Models, it seems like Carine Roitfeld has had an important role in Halima’s career. She managed to get the model a deal to appear on the cover of the latest issue of CR Fashion Book.
Halima made history however, by becoming the first contestant at a beauty pageant to wear both a hijab and a burkini on stage for the November 2016 Miss Minnesota USA Pageant. Since then, she has made the headscarf present in the world of high fashion.
Halima has a positive view on her life. She was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and she moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota when she was only a child. She became the first ever Muslim homecoming queen at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School.
She has not only made history in the fashion/ pageant area. Halima was also the first Somali-American to take part in her school’s student government. Her dreams also reach higher than the catwalk. She wants to become more than just an “it” girl. Her goal in life is becoming an UN Ambassador.
The world of fashion is definitely going through change, in a good way. Standards of beauty are changing and globalization has slowly started to reach its way into fashion. Halima is an example that less is more. Less skin showing, her hair hidden under he headscarf are proving to gain more attention than those models wearing less clothing.