Halima Aden is a Somali-American fashion model. She first received recognition in 2016 for being the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, for which she was a semi-finalist. Following her participation in the pageant, Halima received national attention and was signed to IMG Models.
Halima was named an official UNICEF Ambassador following her TED Talk at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Africa. This is the refugee camp where Halima was born and lived for the first seven years of her life and also where she was once on the receiving end of the services UNICEF provides to children in need around the world.