Hijab-wearing model Halima Aden says she is quitting fashion shows after being forced to compromise her religious beliefs

Hijab-wearing model Halima Aden says she is quitting fashion shows after being forced to compromise her religious beliefs
For every hijab and turban set sold from Halima Aden and Anywear's collaboration, another one will be donated.Tim Hunter/Newspix/Getty Images
  • Halima Aden, 23, got signed as a model in 2016 after competing in Miss Minnesota wearing a hijab.
  • She has since become the first hijab-wearing model in Sports Illustrated and on the cover of British Vogue.
  • Aden announced on Wednesday that she will no longer partake in shows or shoots that misuse the hijab — citing many of her own that she regrets — and criticized the industry for a lack of Muslim stylists.

Halima Aden, one of the first high-profile models to wear a hijab, has announced that she will no longer walk fashion runway shows, citing religious grounds.

Aden has made history many times since 2016, when she competed in Miss Minnesota wearing a hijab — accruing national acclaim and a contract with IMG Models, the launchpad for stars including Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen.

Since, Aden has graced Sports Illustrated in a burkini, walked for Kanye West's brand Yeezy, and became the first model to wear a hijab on the covers of British Vogue and Allure.
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Part of that chapter is coming to a close, Aden announced on Wednesday in a series of Instagram Stories, saying she will no longer take part in shows or shoots that misuse hijabs or force her to miss her prayers.

The 23-year-old cited examples of times she felt she compromised her religious beliefs, including wearing jeans on her head or posing as The Girl With The Pearl Earring.

Aden said, "I can only blame myself for caring more about opportunity than what was actually at stake," but added: "What I do blame the industry for is the lack of Muslim women stylists."
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Very few designers and creative directors understand the uniquely personal meaning of a hijab, Aden said, but that handful includes Rihanna, the founder and director of her eponymous fashion house Fenty.

A post shared by Halima Somali (@halima)

"Sis let me wear the hijab I brought to set. This is the girl I'm returning to, the real Halima," Aden wrote in a Story, sharing the original post of her Fenty shoot.Read more:
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