American model Halima Aden quits and says I want to practice my religion properly – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

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Rihanna and Gigi Hadid express support for Halima Aden, who says she was “too afraid to speak
American model Halima Aden – who has campaigned for Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Kanye West’s Yeezy – is walking off runways, saying the industry has forced her to compromise her religion.

When Aden made her modeling debut at New York Fashion Week in 2017, at just 19, she became a star overnight after being hailed as the world’s first Muslim model to wear the hijab.

The 23-year-old, born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp, is considered a pioneer after appearing on the covers of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia and Allure.
However, despite the success, Aden said the high fashion industry made her lose her sense of “the real Halima” and made her re-evaluate her modeling career.

Aden – who signed with IMG Models – posted a series of stories on Instagram detailing the challenges faced with her job while balancing her identity as a practicing Muslim woman.
She told her 1.2 million followers that the COVID-19 pandemic gave her the opportunity to reflect on her values ​​and helped her realize that if she had continued on her current momentum, she might have stopped wearing and embodying the values ​​attached to his hijab “completely”.
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