Somali-born American model Halima Aden said she was quitting fashion shows because the industry forced her to step away from her religious beliefs. The 23-year-old Muslim woman spoke about how her work takes her further away from her identity.
« I can only blame myself for caring more about the opportunities than what was really at stake Wrote Halima Aden, one of the first models to wear a hijab while representing mega fashion brands. “ I had a feeling of being a minority within a minority ». « Where I blame the industry is the lack of Muslim stylists “, She reproached.
Despite her success as a black Muslim woman in the industry, Halima Aden said she often felt pressured, because she felt uncomfortable, during photoshoots. She said a break due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic had “opened” her eyes. ” I finally realized where I went wrong in my personal journey with the hijab Said Aden, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and moved to the United States at the age of 7.
In a separate article portraying Aden with her mother, she said: “ I take a stand for myself, but I also take a stand for all the people who have lost their souls because of fashion. ». « We will never need your representation ”, She added.
Halima Aden first made headlines in 2016, when she was the first woman to wear a hijab, a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who believe it is part of their religion, in the Miss contest. Minnesota USA.
She has since appeared on the cover of British Vogue and on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. She was the first model to wear a hijab and full burkini in the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The spread was shot at Watamu Beach in Kenya.