Halima Aden: ‘I felt like one of the biggest tokens in the industry’

The trailblazing former model has criticised the ‘desperate’ fashion world and says she always felt like an outsider

Halima Aden, the trailblazing Somali-American modest fashion model who quit last year, has said she felt like one of the “biggest tokens” in the fashion industry. Before she announced her departure last November, the model had made a name for herself by scoring many industry firsts. In 2017, Aden was the first model to wear a hijab on the cover of a US magazine, Allure; she was the first to wear the head covering on the cover of British Vogue a year later; and, in 2019, the first to wear a burkini on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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