MODEL CRUSH MONDAY| Halima Aden Hijab Chic on the Runway

by Charlotte Smith

Halima Aden Hijab Chic on the Runway

Halima Aden is sending a big message to the world and fashion. She is our Model Crush Monday star.  Once she was spotted on the runway she made history in Milan for fashion week.  She is the first hijab-wearing woman to be signed to IMG models, the Somali-American made her catwalk debut for Kanye West’s autumn/winter 2017 Yeezy collection. Now she’s stealing the show at Milan and we love it!!! Diversity on all levels. Halima Aden Yeezy

Most Talked About New Face Halima Aden

Halima Aden, a Somali-American model, is not only wearing the traditional hijab, but she is stunning and has that look, that just is fierce. Aden, 19, who made her catwalk debut this month at Kanye West’s Yeezy show in New York, we knew something was brewing when she also was the CR Magazine Cover girl.  



It all made sense now that Carine Roitfeld also styled the show. The Editor and Chief, knew she had to walk the show.  It was so Kanye and a historic cover story.   We knew when  model Halima Aden stepped out on Kanye West’s Yeezy runway wearing her hijab, she would be the most talked about new face.  For me IMG, has one of the strongest and most diverse board of models who are killing the runways and their own personal lives.


 Halima Aden Hijab Chic on the Runway

CR Fashion Book S/S 2017 Covers   Mario Sorrenti 

Photographer Rory van Millingen 

Photographer Carine Roitfeld – Editor Kanako Takase 

Makeup Artist Mei Kawajiri 

Halima Aden – Model

The model is proudly representing Muslim women in New York and Milan. She first made made headlines last year as the first Miss Minnesota contestant to wear a hijab during the pageant, the Somali-American, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, signed with IMG Models before making her Fashion Week debut this F/W 2017-18 season. Though she’s still a newcomer, Aden has been impressed by fashion’s sense of community.

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“Everyone has been so welcoming and accepting,” said Aden post-show.

Milan is where the IMG signed model is picking up steam.  At the Alberta Ferretti’s catwalk show, where she covered her hair with a black headscarf to match the black knit she wore and they stylist  teamed the brand’s classic camel coat with a matching fine wool headscarf at the Max Mara. The look was off the hook, and I almost died when she came down the runway.   A caption on the official Ferretti Instagram ran: “Embracing culture and diversity to break norms and change the thinking of modern-day fashion with Halima Aden.”   I am sure will have to make up dates with about five days left of Milan. Our question is will Paris follow suit? We hope so it would be nice to see more of Ms. Halima Aden on the runway, totally Vetements.   (Karla Otto Show Images.) Halima Aden photo by Mario Sorrenti

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NATIONALITY Somali-American LOCATION Minnesota, US

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