Halima Aden has been described as the world’s first hijab-wearing super model. She was the first woman to enter the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in a burkini and hijab and has since walked the catwalk for Italian fashion giants Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti.
She has also modelled at Kanye West’s Yeezy show in New York
The Somali-American teen says her hijab is just part of her personality.
“For me it was a choice. I was the one asking my mom to give me the hijab and I wanted to resemble her and I wanted to fall in love with my religion,” she said.
Halima was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. At the age of six she moved to the United States, settling in Minnesota.
She has now been featured on the front cover of the July edition of the American beauty magazine, Allure.