Friday, November 27, 2020

Hijab-wearing model Halima Aden says she is quitting fashion shows after being forced to compromise her religious beliefs

 Halima Aden, one of the first high-profile models to wear a hijab, has announced that she will no longer walk fashion runway shows, citing religious grounds. 


Aden has made history many times since 2016, when she competed in Miss Minnesota wearing a hijab — accruing national acclaim and a contract with IMG Models, the launchpad for stars including Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen.

Since, Aden has graced Sports illustrated in a burkini, walked for Kanye West's brand Yeezy, and became the first model to wear a hijab on the covers of British Vogue and Allure. 

Part of that chapter is coming to a close, Aden announced on Wednesday in a series of Instagram Stories, saying she will no longer take part in shows or shoots that misuse hijabs or force her to miss her prayers.

The 23-year-old cited examples of times she felt she compromised her religious beliefs, including wearing jeans on her head or posing as The Girl With The Pearl Earring. 

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