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Kanye West Casts Hijabi Model In His New York Fashion Week Show

Stacy Diaz | 18 February, 2017, 00:08

The rap star turned fashion designer recently held a fashion show during the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and he put a hijab-wearing Somali-American model on the catwalk, defying the fashion norms.

Halima Aden, a 19-year-old Somali-American model, made headlines last year after donning traditional Muslim dress to compete in a United States beauty pageant. Aden became the first woman to wear her traditional Muslim headpiece for the entire competition, also opting to wear a burkini for the swimsuit round.

- Growing up, Halima Aden says she never dreamed of being a model-but then again, that could be because she never saw anyone on TV or in magazines that looked like her. "I wanted to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity", she told Business of Fashion, "and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them".

Rachael Wang, fashion director at Allure, told the Cut that she "cannot support a company that doesn't seem to care for its models appropriately and uses racially charged language".

We're going to be seeing plenty more of the stunning beauty as she just signed with IMG Models, agency that reps the likes of Gigi Hadid, 21 and Karlie Kloss, 24.

Aden was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and is now a USA citizen.

According to Vogue, West introduced a cool take on denim for the fall collection, featuring high of rise, loose-ish of fit, and tucked into knee-high boots in a way the fashion industry hadn't seen in a while.

Kanye's a bit of a Marmite character - you either love him or hate him - but he's definitely getting a huge thumbs up for his latest fashion show. I can't wait for you guys to see!

Everyone present at the scenario praised her.

The Kenyan beauty is also a student at the St. Cloud University and one day she dreams of becoming a United Nations ambassador. That's not all: It turns out Carine Roitfeld, editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, is also a fan.

The show will be the rapper's first big public appearance since his hospitalisation in November and Kim is said to be understandably concerned that it could all be too much for him.