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Halima Aden: Milan fashion week’s star of the season

The first hijab-wearing woman to be signed to IMG models, the Somali-American made her catwalk debut for Kanye Wests autumn/winter 2017 Yeezy collection. Now shes stealing the show at Milan

A woman dressed in western clothes and a hijab is a common sight across Europes capital cities a fact now reflected on the catwalk at Milan fashion week.

Halima Aden, a Somali-American model, is fast becoming fashions face of 2017, currently stealing the show at fashion week from the catwalk superstar Gigi Hadid.

Aden, 19, who made her catwalk debut this month at Kanye Wests Yeezy show in New York, covered her hair with a black headscarf to match the black knit she wore on Alberta Ferrettis catwalk on Wednesday evening, and teamed the brands classic camel coat with a matching fine wool headscarf at the Max Mara show on Thursday.

A caption on the official Ferretti Instagram ran: Embracing culture and diversity to break norms and change the thinking of modern-day fashion with Halima Aden.

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Backstage at the Alberta Ferretti show. Photograph: Achard/WWD/Rex/Shutterstock

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, Aden moved to the US aged six and made headlines last year when she became the first Miss Minnesota contestant to take part wearing a hijab.

While Yeezy was Adens first catwalk booking, her appearances in Milan are perhaps more significant as Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara represent the mainstream fashion establishment.

Recently signed to the IMG model agency, Aden stars on the cover of the latest issue of CR Fashion Book, Carine Roitfelds prestigious glossy, photographed in a Louis Vuitton bodysuit by Mario Sorrenti.

As Muslims, we need more positive stories, period, Aden says of her success. I felt so proud of the media, because for a very long time they were pushing this negative image of Muslims … I went in [for the beauty pageant] thinking that I want something positive for young Muslim girls. But Ive heard stories from parents who are Christians, telling me: Thank you, I want my seven-year-old daughter to know that you dont have to be half-naked to be beautiful.

Backstage before the Ferretti show, Bella Hadid, sister of Gigi and a fellow supermodel, greeted Aden by calling out: Youre the greatest!

Aden posted a photo of herself with Gigi, thanking her fellow models and Roitfeld for their support.

She later posted another selfie, this time a high-school snapshot of her in the middle of a group of headscarf-wearing American teenagers, captioned: This is for you #MuslimGirlsCan.

This is for you #MuslimGirlsCan

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/feb/23/halima-aden-milan-fashion-week-hijab-muslim-girls-can

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