With the fashion industry often criticized for its lack of diversity. But over a couple of seasons, we’ve seen some excellent improvements from brands & designers who are pushing for more inclusivity on the runway and in editorials.
Muslim fashion captured the headlines this year as Halima Aden, 19, caught the fashion world’s attention yesterday in becoming the first hijab-wearing model during the New York Fashion Week.
Halima made her debut at Kanye West’s “YEEZY Season 5” fashion show last night at Pier 59 as she graced the catwalk in an enormous floor-length beige fur coat, as well as her signature black hijab. Thus, highlighting that modest fashion is becoming mainstream in different parts of the world.
The show was a minimal spectacle with front row elites that included Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, Insta-girl Hailey Baldwin and La La Anthony. Modeling those pieces was a cast of creatives & influencers that included Playboi Carti, Luka Sabbat, Amina Blue and most notably, Halima Aden.
Yeezy’s Season 5 collection was dominated by denim, high-waisted jeans, hoodie sweatshirts, baseball caps, cargo pants, knee-high boots and, of course, sneakers. This time round models walked briskly down the Pier 59 catwalk to a version of J Holiday’s romantic track, Bed. Once again, the color palette remained mostly neutral, full of nudes, browns, greys, and black. Sweatshirts and sweatpants reigned supreme, while bodysuits and crop tops flaunted skin beneath the heavy layers. However, it was Halima who modeled a stand-out fur coat from the collection.
Halima’s modelling career is jet set as she just got newly signed to top talent agency – IMG Models, making her one of their first Muslim models to proudly bear her religious garb for fashion gigs instead of shedding it. The agency also reps Gigi & Bella Hadid, Alek Wek & Karlie Kloss. Additionally, she just wrapped up a shoot with famed fashion photographer, Mario Sorrenti, to feature in CR Fashion Book’s March issue.
Halima was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and later immigrated to the US with her family. And she says she hopes her presence at New York Fashion Week will serve as an inspiration for Muslim & Somali girls.
“What I’m after is to give people a different perspective. I‘m all about spreading a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them,” she says, “and my advice to them is just be confident in your own skin, know that an extra layer of clothing does not define your beauty, because beauty is within. Don’t ever change yourself. Change the game.”
Breaking down stereotypes? Too Yeezy.
Get to know Halima because she’s about to blow up. We can’t wait to see where her promising modeling career will take her.