This NYFW Model Wore A Hijab On Kanye West's Runway Show, And Continues To Break Barriers

“Always stay true to who you are—barriers can and will be broken!”



Halima Aden is "poised to be the first top model to only be photographed wearing her hijab," according to CR Fashion Book

The Somali-American model, who moved from a refugee camp in Kenya to the United States, became the first contestant to wear a hijab and a burkini in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant last November. This week, the 19-year-old made her runway debut at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 5 show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

In video footage from the show, Aden can be seen wearing her hijab and a large fur coat, walking confidently down the runway. And as Vogue Magazine puts it, "she instantly became the show's most talked-about new face." 

"Everyone has been so welcoming and accepting," Aden told the publication after the show. 

Aden then went on to comment on Carine Roitfeld, who styled the show, saying, "She and her team are simply the best. Since she styled the show today, I knew I would be comfortable and wearing something that would be acceptable to my beliefs."

“My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s OK to break stereotypes and be yourself,” Aden tells Vogue. “Always stay true to who you are — barriers can and will be broken!”

We can't wait to see what Aden's career has in store.

(H/T: Mashable

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