Halima Aden says she is quitting fashion (Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Fashion model Halima Aden has revealed on her Instagram that she is quitting runway shows due to her religious beliefs.
But, the model and headscarf designer said in a series of Instagram stories that she would be leaving the industry and only work with brands that won’t ask her to compromise her Muslim beliefs.
The model, who was born in a refugee camp and rose to fame in the last few years, said she regretted working with designers that asked her to compromise her faith.
Uploading pictures of herself wearing her hijab and clothes she wasn’t comfortable in – with one of them being Levi’s jeans used on her head instead of a scarf – Halima said never again.
Her candour has moved many from the Muslim community and other models, including Gigi and Bella Hadid who commended Halima’s honesty.
The Somali trailblazer from Minnessota credits her mum for keeping her grounded and said spending time with her during the pandemic allowed her to open her eyes.
The model said she regretted some of the fashion choices she made in the past (Picture: Gregory Pace/REX)
In one of the images she shared – which has now disappeared from her feed – she wrote: ‘I should’ve walked off set because clearly, the stylist didn’t have a hijab-wearing woman in mind’.
Though she didn’t mention any brand names or designers, Halima said she regretted not speaking up and letting them minimise the importance of her hijab.
But she also thanked brands that didn’t make her compromise.
She wrote: ‘[Rihanna] let me wear the hijab I brought to set. This is the girl I’m returning to, the real Halima.”
Halima levelled her criticism at the industry, saying: ‘What I do blame the industry for is the lack of Muslim women stylists.’
‘This is the girl I’m returning to, the real Halima.’ (Picture: Halima Aden/Instagram)
Halima advised her one million strong followers to strive for homeownership, education, equal opportunities, and Imaan – meaning faith in Arabic.
She also wrote: ‘My mum said “go correct it, you were good and blessed before fashion. Correct the mistake you made publicly”. I never felt more free and relieved.
‘Thank you to Covid because being home with her has put back so much into perspective. I am not rushing back to fashion.’
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