Halima Aden jets to New York after whirlwind Riyadh visit

Updated 06 November 2019

Halima Aden jets to New York after whirlwind Riyadh visit

  • The model was in Saudi Arabia for the first Fashion Futures event Riyadh
  • She’s scheduled to speak at Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit in New York this weekend

DUBAI: Halima Aden bid goodbye to Riyadh on Tuesday as she’s scheduled to speak at Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit in New York this weekend.

The Somali-American model uploaded two videos on her Instagram Stories that showed her driving down a palm-tree lined street.

“Bye bye, Riyadh,” she wrote in a text that accompanied the first clip. “Inshallah, I can’t wait to come back,” she added, implying that a visit back to the Kingdom could come in the future. 

Though she’s previously been to the Middle East — she’s visited the UAE on numerous occasions —it was the 22-year-old’s first time in Saudi Arabia. 

Aden first made international headlines by competing as the first veiled contestant in the Miss Minnesota beauty pageant, before making her New York Fashion Week debut at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show in 2017. The model was in Saudi Arabia for the first Fashion Futures event Riyadh. 

The event, which kicked off on Nov. 4, is a fashion-focused conference in the Kingdom that features interviews, seminars, panels, masterclasses and workshops.  On Tuesday, the hijab-wearing model conducted a talk and a Q&A session during the three-day extravaganza.

Her keynote address was entitled “Don’t be afraid to be the first” — and the model certainly knows all about firsts.

In addition to being the first-ever model to appear on a Fashion Week runway wearing a hijab, Aden also made history when she appeared on the 2019 issue of Sports Illustrated wearing a scarf and burkini.

“Don’t change yourself… Change the GAME!! Ladies anything is possible!!! Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings... can stand together and be celebrated,” the model posted on Instagram at the time.

Meanwhile, she is the first hijab-wearing model to grace the cover of a Vogue magazine edition with her June 2017 Vogue Arabia cover.

It’s impressive for someone whose first chapters of life couldn’t be more far removed from the fashion industry. She was born in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, before relocating to the US with her family when she was six-years-old. 

She would go on to cinch bookings at renowned international brands, such as Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara, land major campaigns with the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty and MAC Cosmetics and appear on the pages of prestigious publications.


Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show

Jean-Paul Gaultier took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Fashion Week. (AFP)
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Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show

  • Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection

DUBAI: French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on Wednesday took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Couture Week.

Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection.

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat. (AFP)

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves. (AFP)

Gaultier shared a video on his Instagram this week inviting his followers to attend the show and celebrate the end of his half-century career with him. “It is going to be a party with my friends, and we are going to have fun until very, very late.”

He then went on to announce his farewell. “Now I am going to share something with you. This will be my last haute couture show. Be there! You can’t miss this,” he said. “However, stay tuned, Gaultier Paris will go on. The haute couture continues. I have a new concept and I will tell you about it later.”