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Hijab-Wearing Model Halima Aden Signs With The World's Top Modeling Agency

The former Miss Minnesota contestant made headlines for proudly competing in her hijab. Now, the young model has signed a contract with IMG, the world's top modeling agency.

It's 2017, and while the rest of the world seems unaware of the year, at least the fashion industry knows it's the 21st century. Halima Aden, the 19-year-old Somali-American former Miss Minnesota pageant contestant, has just been signed to the world's top modeling agency, IMG Models.

After Aden rocked a burkini and her hijab at the Miss Minnesota pageant, she garnered national attention for diversifying beauty pageant stereotypes and for shining a positive light on Muslim women. And some big names in the fashion industry were definitely watching Aden. She recently walked the runway for Kanye West's Season 5 Yeezy line during New York Fashion Week dressed in her hijab.


#yeezy #nyfw2017 ✊🏿✊✊🏻

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And Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, recently featured Aden in her CR fashion book.


@crfashionbook family ❤️ Shot by the one and only , the ICONIC @mario_sorrenti 💞

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The future is undeniably bright for Aden's modeling career and she's surely inspiring young women everywhere with her uncompromising values. At IMG, she's joining the ranks of other celebrities and models such as Millie Bobby Brown, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss and hundreds more of influential women, making her signing all the more important and poignant.

We wish Aden all the best for her career and we cannot wait to see her walking every top runway in the world!


Bethany Lozier

Bethany is a content creation guru at the Meredith Corporation. Her main passions include fangirling over Leonardo DiCaprio, French culture and fashion. When not perusing the Internet or writing, she can be found reading magazines and socializing with the best of 'em.

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