In 2016, Halima Aden’s name started trending because she wore a burkini (a modest swimsuit) in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Fast- forward to 2017 and the first-generation Somali-American, is not only signed with a top modeling agency – that also represents Gigi and Bella Hadid– she also landed a photo shoot for CR Fashion Book, run by celebrated stylist Carine Roitfeld.
“Halima is breaking boundaries of beauty and perception by being herself,” said Carine, who revealed the 19-year-old caught her eye. “I find this incredibly inspiring, and I know she will be an icon.”
The model will make her debut in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show during Fashion Week, and we can only assume she’ll be proudly rocking her hijab. Keep your eyes on on Halima, because this future top model is just getting started.
More cute photos of the beauty below.