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At 21, hijabi model Halima Aden turns designer

By Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
March 24, 2019 09:00 IST
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In 2016, she bust stereotypes by making hijabs fashionable internationally. Now she's turning designer and inspiring others to lead the way.

Halima Aden

IMAGE: Fashion model Halima Aden will launch her own line of headscarves at the Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in April 2019.  Photograph: Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images

Three years ago Halima Aden made headlines when she took part in Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant wearing a hijab.

In 2017, she was signed on by IMG Models, a leading model recruitment agency.

Since then, she's walked at all the leading fashion weeks including Milan and New York and even posed on the covers of some of the top international magazines including Vogue Arabia and Allure.

Halima was named among the 500 most influential people in fashion by Business of Fashion in 2017.

The poster girl for hijabs, turbans and modest wear has now collaborated with Modanisa to launch her collection at the upcoming Istanbul Modest Fashion Week.

Halima Aden at New York fashion week 2019

IMAGE: Halima Aden walks the runway for the Sherri Hill Show during New York Fashion Week in February 2019.  Photograph: Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images

The international model who will mark her debut as a designer will headline a collection of 27 headscarves at the show scheduled to be held April 20 and 21. 

For someone who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, Halima has definitely come a long way in her career and is inspiring millions to chase their dreams.

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