Halima Aden: Muslim Vogue model quits runway after she ‘compromised beliefs’


Pic: Gregory Pace/Shutterstock
Pic: Gregory Pace/Shutterstock

US fashion model Halima Aden – who has fronted campaigns for the likes of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Kanye West’s Yeezy – is quitting runway shows, saying the industry has forced her to compromise her religion.

When Aden made her modelling debut at New York Fashion week in 2017, aged just 19, she became an overnight star after being hailed as the world’s first Muslim hijab-wearing supermodel.

The 23-year-old, who was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp, is considered a trailblazer after featuring on the covers of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia and Allure.

However, despite the success, Aden said the high fashion industry had made her lose sense of “the real Halima” and made her re-evaluate her modelling career.

Aden – who is signed to IMG Models – posted a series of Instagram stories detailing the struggles that came with her line of work while balancing her identity as a practicing Muslim woman.


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