Somali-US model Halima Aden takes step back from industry

Somali-US model Halima Aden takes step back from industry
Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry. (File/AFP)
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Updated 26 November 2020

Somali-US model Halima Aden takes step back from industry

Somali-US model Halima Aden takes step back from industry
  • In a detailed Instagram story, Aden wrote this week that she was “not rushing back to the fashion industry”
  • “Thanks to COVID and the breakaway from the industry I have finally realized where I went wrong on my hijab journey,” she said

MILAN: Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances when her desire to maintain a hijab was not properly respected.
In a detailed Instagram story, Aden wrote this week that she was “not rushing back to the fashion industry” and that she had finally heard her mother’s pleas “to open my eyes.”
“My mom asked me to quit modeling a LONG time ago. I wish I wasn’t so defensive,’’ the 23-year-old model wrote. “Thanks to COVID and the breakaway from the industry I have finally realized where I went wrong on my hijab journey.’’
Aden became the first hijab-wearing model on the runways of Milan and New York, and has appeared on numerous magazine covers and in print campaigns.
Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, she moved to the United States with her family at age 7 and was the first Muslim homecoming queen at her high school in Minnesota, the first Somali student senator at her college and the first hijab-wearing woman in the Miss USA Minnesota pageant.
In her Instagram posts, Aden detailed where she felt the religious covering hijab had been respected — for example in a campaign for Rihanna’s Fenty beauty line — and where it had gone astray, showing an instance when her head had been wrapped in jeans.
“I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation,’ that I lost touch with who I was,’’ she wrote on one post, and on another, wearing a crystal-encrusted headscarf, she said “”I should have walked off the set because clearly the stylist didn’t have a hijab wearing woman in mind.”
She said her acceptance of situations that showed a lack of respect for her beliefs was due to a mixture of rebellion and naivete. “What I blame the industry for is the lack of MUSLIM stylists,” she wrote.


Elie Saab postpones participation in Paris Haute Couture Week

Elie Saab postpones participation in Paris Haute Couture Week
Updated 21 January 2021

Elie Saab postpones participation in Paris Haute Couture Week

Elie Saab postpones participation in Paris Haute Couture Week

DUBAI: Lebanese designer Elie Saab will not present his Spring 2021 collection during Paris Haute Couture Week set to take place from Jan. 25-28. 

Speaking to WWD, Elie Saab Jr., the CEO of the label founded by his father, said this was due to the rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Lebanon. 

He added that the collection was ready, “but there’s the whole shooting logistic, which is quite complicated.”

He added: “We decided to take a small break and wait for the right time to shoot it and to present it to the public.” 

Over the past week, Lebanon registered a new record for daily COVID-19 cases. More than 78,812 cases were recorded in the past 20 days, which has led doctors to conclude that Lebanon has lost control over the virus.

The Lebanese Health Ministry’s Scientific Committee on Combating the Coronavirus Pandemic recommended extending the country’s national lockdown by at least two weeks on Wednesday.