Halima Aden says goodbye to catwalks and fashion shows. Bild: imago images / JOHN ANGELILLO
Muslim model ends career – and settles with fashion industry
Halima Aden has had enough. The US model is giving up his career. No more catwalk and fashion shows, that’s for sure for the 23-year-old.
The background to their decision is their religious belief. Aden is a Muslim and wears a hijab. She accuses the fashion industry of repeatedly putting her under pressure to deny her religion.
She posted a number of Instagram Stories describing the difficulties she encountered in the “toxic mess called fashion”. She relates how she skipped prayers, wore clothes she was uncomfortable in, and had to design her hijab in a way that she felt betrayed her values.
But she doesn’t feel like doing that anymore. “You could call me tomorrow, and I wouldn’t risk compromising my hijab again for even $ 10 million,” she wrote. She also promised never again to attend catwalk shows or travel to fashion festivals, adding that “hence all the bad energy comes”.
Aden is from Somalia and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before she came to the United States. She came to the United States at the age of six and was discovered at the age of 18 at a beauty pageant where she wore a hijab. In her modeling career, she had crossed numerous boundaries. Among other things, she was the first woman to wear a hijab to appear on the cover of British Vogue.
Lost sight of beliefs
The excitement about being called a trailblazer has made her lose sight of her beliefs, she said. Her mother had advised her to stop for a long time – but only the corona pandemic gave her the time to think. It became clear to her what she had done wrong.
Specifically, she named a photo shoot for the very first jeans hijab. “Why did I allow them to put jeans on my head even though I only wore skirts and long dresses at the time,” she wrote, answering her question herself:
She mentioned another photo shoot where she can be seen wearing a green wrap under her hijab and feathers around her neck. “I went back to my hotel room and just sobbed after that shoot because I knew deep down that it wasn’t. But I was too scared to say anything.”
Finally, she made it clear that she was not turning her back on fashion as a whole. She just no longer wants to work under conditions with which she is not comfortable.
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