Halima Aden teams up with Tommy Hilfiger on charitable T-shirt

Halima Aden walked the runway for Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2020 collection showcase. Getty Images
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Updated 29 October 2020

Halima Aden teams up with Tommy Hilfiger on charitable T-shirt

DUBAI: US-Somali model Halima Aden has teamed up with American fashion house Tommy Hilfiger on a limited-edition T-shirt for a good cause. The 23-year-old, who made her runway debut at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show during New York Fashion Week in 2017, used recycled fabrics and leftover material to custom design the garment for Tommy Hilfiger. 

Aden joined 23 other models and creatives  for this charitable initiative, such as Dubai-based blogger Haifa Beseisso, ballerina and author Michaela De Prince and model Jasmine Sanders, among others.

The pieces are being auctioned on online marketplace Catawiki and all proceeds from the sales will be donated to the WWF Water Stewardship program in China’s Taihu River, the Mekong River basin in Vietnam and the Büyük Menderes river basin in Turkey. 

“Honored to have custom designed a T-shirt with my friends @tommyhilfiger for a good cause,” wrote Aden on Instagram, adding that bidding for the design ends on Nov. 1 for this “one-of-a-kind Tommy Hilfiger piece.”

The 100% organic cotton shirt designed by Aden comes in a blue, red and white colorway and boasts a Tommy Hilfiger label in the center. It’s also emblazoned with the text “Waste Nothing & Welcome All” on the back. 

The charitable new initiative appears to be an extension of the American label’s global ad campaign for Fall 2020, which urges consumers to create fashion that “wastes nothing and welcomes all.”




The 23-year-old used leftover fabrics to custom design a T-shirt for Tommy Hilfiger for charity. Supplied

Last month, Aden was selected to star in Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2020 global campaign alongside a diverse cast of other top models, including Dilone, Alton Mason and Soo Joo Park, among others. More than just an ad, the campaign was based on the “Together We Create” initiative, which invites consumers from around the world to reimagine archive pieces by using scrap material in an effort to save the environment.  

Meanwhile, the model and activist has a longstanding relationship with the American brand. In addition to fronting the campaign for the label’s first-ever hijab, Aden – who made history in 2019 as the first-ever person to wear a hijab and burkini in the pages of Sports Illustrated – returned for the publication’s 2020 issue, wearing a custom Tommy Hilfiger burkini.


Saudi vegan bodybuilder slams diet myths

Nutrition is the most important part when it comes to bodybuilding, then comes type of exercise, and good rest. (AFP)
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Saudi vegan bodybuilder slams diet myths

  • Ali Al-Salam, who stopped consuming animal products in 2017, says certain steps must be completed to have an athletic body

JEDDAH: The vegan diet has risen in popularity in Saudi Arabia in recent years and has been a constant topic of debate among Saudis, attracting the interest of many, including athletes.

Ongoing debates about whether the vegan diet is sufficient for normal people, let alone bodybuilders, abound, but one Saudi is answering them physically.
Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.
Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease, but other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.
Speaking to Arab News, 33-year-old Saudi vegan bodybuilder, Ali Al-Salam, who first started his vegan diet three years ago when he was suffering from high blood pressure, highlighted that the consumption of animal products is a deep rooted idea among bodybuilders and athletes.
“We always hear that in order to build muscle, we must consume animal products. In some parts of the world, there are people who can only have a small amount of animal products yet they live their lives healthily and comfortably and are not suffering from malnutrition — on the contrary, they have a lower level of chronic illnesses.”

When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasn’t even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldn’t be done with medications for me.

Ali Al-Salam, Saudi vegan bodybuilder

He said it also opened his eyes to what goes on in the dairy and meat industry; he began researching in 2016 and decided to become vegan in 2017.
“I was just like every other athlete, I used to consume a high amounts of protein. I remember in the last days before turning vegan, I used to have 10 egg whites and a piece of steak for breakfast to fulfil my protein needs. This made me think, ‘is this the only way to consume protein?’ And from then on, I started researching and got introduced to the vegan diet at a larger scale,” he said.
“When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasn’t even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldn’t be done with medications for me.”
He explained that bodybuilding does not solely rely on protein, and that there are steps that must be completed in order to reach an athletic body. Nutrition is the most important part, then comes type of exercise, and good rest.
“When we talk about good nutrition, it does not just rely on protein. Yes, it is important, but the amount of calories in general is more important,” he said.
“Let’s say you needed 200 grams of protein, does that mean if you consumed 200 grams of it, you would gain muscle? No. You need all the basic nutrients to reach a certain amount of calories in general,” he added.
He highlighted that as soon as people register for gym memberships, they immediately look for supplements because they think they cannot reach the needed amount of protein.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.

• Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease.

• But other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.

• Vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants.

• Animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.

“I’m talking about non-vegans here too, where their protein intake is already high. Marketing plays a big role here. People link protein to animal products because our society grew up with this idea as well.
“Can a vegan build muscle? Yes, when they eat right, exercise correctly and rest well. The misconception about protein stems from amino acids. People think vegan food lacks amino acids, and only animal products are full of them and that is far from the truth,” he added.
When comparing vegan athletes to regular athletes, he said vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants which helps greatly in recovery, and because “animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.”