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REVOLUTIONISING THE RUNWAY: HALIMA ADEN

HALIMA ADEN HAS ROCKED THE RUNWAY BY BEING
THE FIRST SUPERMODEL TO SPORT THE HIJAB. THE
ICON REFUSES TO REMOVE IT OR CHANGE WHAT SHE
CONSIDERS HER RELIGIOUS BOUNDARIES WHEN IT COMES
TO THE OUTFITS SHE FASHIONS. BUT, CAN ONE WOMAN
CHANGE THE FUTURE OF FASHION FOR BUDDING HIJABI
MODELS?


The face of fashion has gone through tremendous change over the past few years. Suddenly, inclusivity is all the rage. Suddenly, we’re seeing women we can relate to and see our common flaws in. The days where the socially constructed image of perfection would be spread across the pages of every fashion magazine are over. Today, it’s all about diversity in action.

But the stage is ever-changing and evolving. Diversity and inclusivity no longer only means seeing different body shapes. It’s now about seeing different races, and it’s about seeing different cultures represented. Enter, Halima Aden. The Somalian beauty took the fashion world by a story when she hit the runway and covers of magazines in a display of religion that the world has grown accustomed to growing upon: The hijab.

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Halima Aden was born Somalian in a UN refugee camp. The model and her family were finally allowed to move to St. Louis when she was only 7. Her beauty did not go amiss. She was quick to start accepting homecoming queen titles and entering beauty pageants. Halima was the first beauty pageant contestant in the U.S. to wear Hijab. Photos of her rocking a burkini for the swimsuit segment shocked people worldwide.

Now, a supermodel in her own right, Halima takes to the runway in her hijab while insisting on dressing accordingly to Islam. While the star makes the statement look effortless and easy, she has admitted that her strict dress code and insisting on wearing the hijab has lost her a number of jobs. There were people she was dying to work with, but at the end of the day this change had to be made and it had to start with her saying no.

Halima has single-handedly made it her mission to bring voice to an entirely unrepresented communities. Being the first Hijabi model to appear on the cover of magazines like Vogue, Halima has securely revolutionized the runway. Finally, representation of an entire religious group has been granted- and for that, Halima’s career will be remembered long after she’s gone.