Halima Aden broke the internet as the first woman competitor in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to wear a hijab and burkini. The Somali-American model gained a lot of popularity and appreciation for staying true to her religious beliefs and authentic self.
However, Aden has called it quits on the fashion industry because it compromises her religion.
The 23-year-old broke the news on the internet, where she opened up about the inner turmoil that came with her line of work while balancing her identity as a practicing Muslim woman.
“I can only blame myself for caring more about opportunity than what was actually at stake”, she said.
She spoke up about this on Twitter as well, where Aden re-tweeted a photo of herself from the campaign she did for Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and said that fashion was never for her.
The former model blamed the system as a whole and the fact that she was a ‘minority within a minority’.
“What I do blame the industry for is the lack of Muslim women stylists”, she added.
We hope this step by Aden will serve as a wake-up call for the fraternity to be more inclusive, and increase representation for people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
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