By ZoÃ« Weiner. Photos: Getty Images, SÃ¸lve SundsbÃ¸.
The fashion industry still has a long way to go toward inclusivity, but one of the people helping pave the way is Halima Aden. The hijab-wearing model just made her fashion month debut this past winter on the runways for fall 2017, but she did so like a total veteran. After famously winning the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab and burkini, she became the first ever woman to walk in a New York Fashion Week show wearing a hijab at the Yeezy Season 5 show, and at Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti in Milan. Not to mention, in early 2017 shelanded her first big ad campaign with London- and Dubai-based e-commerce brand The Modist, which specializes in luxury conservative clothing and modest wear. Now sheâ€™s breaking another boundary as the first-ever hijab-wearing woman to appear on the cover of Allure.
In a video from the photo shoot for Allureâ€™s American Beauty July issue, Halima opens up about her journey and how sheâ€™s seen the industry change along the way. In between teaching other Muslim women how to strike a pose at â€œHalimaâ€™s School of Modeling,â€ Halima shares her thoughts on the current state of fashion. â€œNow the industry is celebrating women across the board, from all different regions, all different backgrounds, all different walks of life,â€ she says. â€œThatâ€™s something we need to celebrate.â€
Halima has already become an icon for all walks of life, as she explains in the video clip. â€œI donâ€™t just want to support only Muslim women,â€ she says. â€œI want to inspire women across the board, and Iâ€™m hoping they wonâ€™t allow things to get in the way.â€ Another aspect of her day job that Halima loves, she explains, is having the chance to connect with so many different kinds of people. â€œMy favorite part of modeling is backstage,â€ Halima says in the clip. â€œEvery day you work with different people. And as much as people learn my story, I get to learn about theirs.â€