Somali-American model, Halima Aden At Yeezy Season 5 Fashion Show

Rap superstar turned designer Kanye West broke boundaries by putting hijab-wearing Somali-American model Halima Aden on the New York catwalk as he unveiled a new, more adult Yeezy Season 5 collection.

The 19-year-old who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, but is now a US citizen, hopes her appearance in such a high-profile show will propel her into a much bigger league than did the headlines she first made last year — when she became the first woman to compete in a Miss Minnesota beauty pageant in a hijab.

“My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” she said in an interview with Vogue. “I haven’t received any pressure to be anything other than myself, and for that, I am so grateful.”

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