Somali-American fashion model Halima Aden is not planning to “compromise” her religious beliefs in the name of the “toxic mess called fashion” and she is done with the runway.
The 23-year-old star said fashion was never for her, and she came to the realization during the coronavirus lockdown, which gave her time to reflect on how her career choice impacted her religion.
Besides rocking the runway, Aden has appeared on the covers of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia, Allure and more. Taking to her Instagram recently, the star said that the gig would often force her to skip prayers, wear clothes she wasn’t comfortable in and style her hijab in ways she felt betrayed her Muslim values.
“They could call me tomorrow and not even for $10 million would I ever risk compromising my hijab ever again,” she wrote, pledging to never take part in runway shows or travel for fashion weeks again. That’s where all the bad energy came from,” she asserted.
Aden also revealed that she has regrets over specific campaigns she took part in, including American Eagle’s 2017 promotion of their first denim hijab. “Why did I allow them to put jeans on my head when at the time I had only ever worn skirts and long dresses?” she wrote, explaining, “I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation’ that I lost touch with who I was.” – she said.
Halima is for the people, she said.
Fashion was NEVER for me. I am for the PEOPLE! I am for my IMAAN! I have WOKEN UP!!! https://t.co/kuzoZLfgZi
— Halima Aden (@Kinglimaa) November 25, 2020
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