This Superstar Hijabi Model Just Slayed At London’s Modest Fashion Week
Plus, see our top looks from the second-ever Muslim-friendly fashion extravaganza in the British capital…
2017 is most certainly Halima Aden’s year.
And now, the Somali-American teen has taken London by storm.
The 19-year-old model, who rose to fame last year after donning traditional Muslim dress to compete in a US beauty pageant, opened for three shows during the second-ever London Modest Fashion Week.
The weekend-long event was held in the capital’s Olympia, with 26 designers showcasing their collections.
This edition of LMFW was sponsored by online shopping site Modanisa, while the first incarnation in February was organised by modest fashion e-tailer Haute Elan.
The most recent also saw talks and workshops take part as well as catwalk shows, with Aden speaking at a panel focused around the topic of ‘Do What You Love’.
The teen has previously opened up about her rise to fame, revealing she was “never expecting” to forge a career in the fashion industry.
However she’s using her new role to help inspire women just like her.
“Growing up, I knew what it was like not having representation. When I say representation, I just mean people who resemble you or someone you could relate to, or someone who even dresses like you,” Aden told i-D magazine.
“If I can give that opportunity to a girl, where she can flip through a magazine and see someone dressed like her, or someone who looks like her or has a similar background, I think that’s important.
“Me being out in the public and displaying my religion, my faith, being different to what the stereotype is — I think that has opened a lot of people’s eyes.”
So, what else happened at #LMFW?
With tens of designers taking to the stage, there was plenty of sartorial inspiration.
Here, we’ve gathered up the best of the snaps from the weekend to fuel your next wardrobe overhaul… enjoy!
Image: Halima Aden/Instagram, Modanisa Modest/Instagram