Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion show, which took place yesterday at Pier 59, made headlines for various reasons. Yes, Kim Kardashian and Kylie were there, along with a swarm of editors, stylists, and cool kids. But while most murmured about the designs (oversized sweatshirts, army fatigue, and classic all denim ensembles were on the menu), the hijab wearing model, Hailma Aden, is what got most spectators talking.
The 19-year-old Bombshell, who walked the runway in a fabulous fur coat, is a Somali-American Minnesota native and Business of Fashion reports that she was handpicked by Carine Roitfeld to walk in Yeezy’s show.
Hailma became a buzz in the industry in November of last year when she competed to become Miss Minnesota. She wore her hijab throughout the entire pageant and opened eyes in the fashion industry.
Hailma admitted to Business of Fashion that modeling wasn’t on the top of her to-do list. She stated, “I didn’t really have modeling in mind. I wanted to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them.”
Hailma is set to be featured in Carine’s CR Fashion Book March issue.
Lookout fashion world, a change is on the horizon. What are you thoughts on a hijab-wearing model?
See more pictures from the Yeezy Season 5 show below.
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