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Hijab-wearing supermodel Halima Aden quits fashion industry

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Hijab-wearing supermodel Halima Aden quits fashion industry



Aden first made headlines in 2016, when she was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant [File: Brendan McDermid/Reuters]


Halima Aden, the Somali American model, said she is leaving runway fashion shows because the industry has forced her to stray away from her religious beliefs.


In a series of Instagram story posts, the 23-year-old spoke about how the job made her more detached from her identity.


“I can only blame myself for caring more about opportunity than what was actually at stake,” wrote Aden, one of the first models to wear a hijab while representing mega fashion labels.


Despite her success as a Black Muslim woman in the industry, Aden said she often felt pressured, as she described feeling uncomfortable during photoshoots.


Full Story: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/26/lost-their-soul-to-fashion-model-halima-aden-quits-industry

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“Aden’s modelling contract includes her hijab, as she has made it a non-negotiable part of her work.

Aden has spoken out about difficulties she faces in booking modeling jobs that are not accommodating to the fact that she wears the hijab. She described positive experiences as with Maxmara, where looks were specifically designed for her considering her clothing choices. Aden reaffirms that she does not need to conform to society’s standards in order to be a successful model.”




Glad she made a choice that keeps her identity without bending to some decadent society/commercial demands .

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