Halima Aden

Halima Aden

Speaker/Activist

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  • Ground-breaking Somali Muslim activist
  • First hijab-wearing woman to appear on the cover of Vogue UK

Don’t change yourself, change the game!

Former UNICEF Ambassador & Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Halima Aden was the young model who took the fashion world by storm by in 2018. After being the first contestant to compete in her Miss USA state pageant in a hijab and burkini, she was summoned to New York by fashion industry icon and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld, who placed her on the cover of CR Fashion Book Issue 10 after her first professional photoshoot. Shortly afterwards, Halima was signed by IMG Models for worldwide representation and walked in New York and Milan Fashion Weeks for designers such as Kanye West, Alberta Ferretti, and Max Mara, as well as for leading brand Modanisa at Modest Fashion Week in London. She has worked with top fashion photographers the likes of Mario Sorrenti, Inez and Vinoodh, and Sebastian Faena, and her recent covers include Vogue UK, Vogue Arabia, Allure, Glamour, and Teen Vogue. In addition, Halima returned to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Africa, in 2020 to do her first TED Talk - the first one ever held on the continent of Africa.