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Halima Aden Is Taking Over the Beauty Universe Just by Being Herself

"I want to show people there’s not just one way of being Muslim. Mostly I want to show all women: You don’t have to conform to one standard of beauty. And to all the other Muslim girls: If you’re into something and you don’t see other Muslim people doing it, that’s your job. Open the doors for others. I don’t think I’ll be the only hijabi model. I think it’s going to be so normal from now on.

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Halima Aden: "It's Powerful To Know You Can Dress Modestly & Be Beautiful"

"It's important for me to show young women in my community and around the world that you don't have to change yourself or your beliefs to be successful in any avenue. Stay true to who you are and I think you will find that the key players in any industry and those who are out to do big things will have you back and support you every step of the way. Knowing that I have impacted and set an example for young women is what keeps me going."

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Muslim Model Halima Aden on Defying Beauty Standards

"It is tempting to thrust meaning onto Aden, to label her, to turn her into propaganda. In a contentious political and social environment, it would be easy to see her as a poster child for the resistance. A woman in a hijab on the cover of a glossy beauty magazine (or walking down a major runway, for that matter) could be viewed as a counterweight to a Muslim ban. Is she a symbol? Maybe. But she doesn’t live a symbolic life; she lives a human life. If there is symbolism to be read into her, it is in our work, not hers."

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Why Model Halima Aden Refuses to Remove Her Hijab for Fashion

"A lot of Muslim girls and girls who wear modest clothing follow me on social media, and they were just as anxious and as excited for this season as I was. They were beaten down, too, when I wasn't walking at any shows, and people kept sending me pictures of runway looks, like, “You could have walked in this show! They could have paired this outfit with this outfit.” It was really cute, but that's now how the world works. And I'm okay with that. The truth is, I'm okay with never walking again. I'm okay to never do another modeling job again. When MaxMara happened, I posted a photo and I said thank you for keeping my wardrobe requirements in mind. And this girl commented, “He keeps you in mind, he keeps us in mind. Now this Muslim shopper will keep MaxMara in mind.”"

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Halima Aden on Hijab-Wearing Women in Fashion: "It's Not Something I Thought I'd See"

"Halima Aden first made headlines—and history—when she wore a burkini during the Miss Teen Minnesota USA pageant in 2016. Since, the 19-year-old Somali has caught the eye of Carine Roitfeld, who then put her on the cover of her magazine, CR Fashion Book—which led to Aden signing with IMG models, and walking in the fall 2017 Yeezy show in New York, and Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara runways in Milan. To say it's been a whirlwind for Aden, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and grew up in Bancock, Minnesota, is a definite understatement. We caught up with the model in New York before she returned to her hometown, and talked about what it's like to be a standard-bearer for diversity in fashion, modest style, and hanging backstage with Gigi Hadid."

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Muslim model Halima Aden on faith and facing opposition

"A charismatic, confident speaker, Aden is full of self-deprecating stories about her first major runway experience; how at only 5ft 5in, a good five inches smaller than most other models and a great deal shorter of leg, she practically had to run to keep up; how she had to have low-level heels designed for her so that she didn’t fall over, and how the compulsory dead-ahead catwalk glare was an impossible challenge for someone with her light-up disposition. When telling a story doesn’t quite illustrate her point, she leaps out of her seat to act it all out."

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Model Halima Aden Is Redefining the Idea of Modest Style on the Runway

"It was big news. Pictures of Halima in competition, covered up but radiating an infectious joy and self-assurance, appeared in the press and online, catching the eye of Ivan Bart, head of IMG Models. Within weeks she was in discussions with the agency, which now represents her, and Mario Sorrenti was shooting her, wrapped in a navy hijab, for the cover of the Paris-based CR Fashion Book. “The power really came from her eyes and her presence,” says Sorrenti. “I think there’s a modern quality about her, being of her faith and expressing her femininity and beauty with confidence.”"

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Fenty Beauty Model Halima Aden Talks Working for Rihanna

"Rihanna recruit Halima Aden was one of the models who appeared in the singer’s Fenty Beauty campaign video, released last week. At a party for Art + Commerce’s 30th anniversary on Friday evening, Aden opened up about modeling for the singing star. “Incredible,” she said of the experience. “It was my first modeling job. It feels like forever ago. I’ve been so excited to share the news now that it’s finally out.”"

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