Somali-American Teen is World’s First Hijab-Wearing Supermodel

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — One Somali-American teen started out in a refugee camp but now she’s working the runway as the world’s first supermodel to wear a hijab.

Halima Aden is 19 years old. She was born in a United Nations refugee camp in Kenya and moved to the United States with her family when she was 7.

Aden made headlines last year for wearing a hijab and burkini while competing in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Both garments are the most visible signs of Islamic culture and big brands are starting to take note.

The teen has since appeared in New York Fashion Week and has worked the Italian catwalk for Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti. She was also on the July cover of Allure magazine.

Aden hopes to be a role model for American-Muslim youth and champion diversity in fashion modeling but she also wants to eventually help refugee children back in Kenya.