As time goes on, little by little, the fashion industry has progressed when it comes to featuring men and women of different races on the runway and in editorial campaigns. supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks paved the way for women of colour in fashion, while Chinese supermodel Liu Wen paved the way for asian models. Now the likes of debutant model Halima Aden (19) is quite potentially paving the way for muslim women in fashion.
Halima walked in Kayne West’s Yeezy runway show wearing her hijab, and became one of the most talked about new faces. In an interview with Vogue.com she states “My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” she says. “Always stay true to who you are—barriers can and will be broken!” Halima continued to talk about how she has found a way to respect both her values and her desire for creative expression. She also said in the interview that the industry has been “so welcoming and accepting,” which warms my heart!
With her first runway show under her belt she is on her way to success. She made her Milan Fashion Week Debut walking in the Max Mara runway show (pictured above leading the finale) and has already been shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Sorentti. “I must say, It’s pretty impressive to have your first ever editorial shot by one of the most iconic fashion photographers in the industry,” she says.
I wish nothing but the best for Halima, and I have no doubt she will change the game. Like she said, we all need to stay true to ourselves and who we are. It’s a message I most definitely try to live by day to day and all of you reading should as well!