Fashion Model & Refugee
Halima Aden is the 21-year-old Somali-American who has taken the fashion world by storm. After being the first contestant to compete in her Miss USA state pageant wearing a hijab and burkini for the swimsuit competition, she was summoned to New York by stylist and editor, Carine Roitfeld, who placed her on the cover of CR Fashion Book Issue 10 after her first professional photo shoot. Shortly afterwards, Halima was signed by IMG Models for worldwide representation. She has walked the runway for brands such as Yeezy, Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, and Max Mara. In her short modelling career, Halima has graced the covers of numerous major fashion magazines including British Vogue, Vogue Arabia, Teen Vogue, Allure, Elle Arabia, and Elle UK. Halima has been called a trailblazer as the first hijab-wearing model to be signed by a major agency. Halima was recently 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 children in need around the world.