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Halima Adan has announced through her Instagram account that she is abandoning her career as a model because of her religious beliefs. Through the published images, she has alleged the times she lost touch with her beliefs due to the influence of working in the fashion industry. “I have finally realized where I went wrong in my personal hijab journey.”
In 2016, Halima Aden made history by wearing a hijab and burkini at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. She was then contacted by IMG Models to appear at the New York Fashion Week show. After that, her career took off. However, Aden didn’t seem to be entirely proud of her decision.
Earlier this week, Aden used her Instagram stories to publish a series of images that show how often she lost touch with her beliefs due to the influence of working in the fashion industry. “My hooyo macaan (mother) has been pleading with me for years to open my eyes,” she wrote. “Thanks to COVID and the break away from the industry, I have finally realized where I went wrong in my personal hijab journey.”
In one of her stories, the model shared a campaign she did for Rihanna and said, “This was my first ever fashion campaign and it was thanks to @badgalriri. Sis let me wear the hijab I brought to set. This is the girl I’m returning to. The real Halima.”
In another image, Aden shared his feelings about being “a minority within a minority” and said, “I can only blame myself for caring more about the opportunity than what was actually at stake. I blame myself for being naive and rebellious. What I do blame the industry for is the lack of Muslim women stylists.”
Aden will only take jobs if his hijab is visible. “This is the standard moving forward if you want to work with me. Come correct or don’t come at all,” she says.
Go to Aden’s Instagram account (@halima) and check out the “Hijab Story” highlight for more details.