“I have finally realized where I went wrong on my hijab journey.”
Somali-American model Halima Aden, 23, has announced quitting modelling and the fashion industry.
The Somali beauty shared her decision via Instagram, saying that the pandemic has helped her reflect on her true self and beliefs.
She wrote: “Being a ‘hijabi’ is truly a journey with lots of highs and lows,” confirming that she’s quitting: “not rushing back to the fashion industry.”
Aden also called her mother ‘A Literal Queen’, adding: “My mom asked me to quit modeling a LONG time ago. I wish I wasn’t so defensive,”
She added: “I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation,’ that I lost touch with who I was. I should have walked off the set because clearly the stylist didn’t have a hijab wearing woman in mind.” writing this on a picture while she was wearing crystal-encrusted headscarf.
“What I blame the industry for is the lack of MUSLIM stylists,”
Palestinian American supermodel Gigi Hadid gave her full support to Halima’s decision.
She wrote on Instagram Stories: “Everyone should go check out Halima’s story right now it is so important. As a hijabi or not, to self reflect and get back on track with what feels genuine to us, its the only way to feel truly fulfilled.”
Gigi continued: “I learned through therapy once that if we are assertive with our boundaries. It does not mean that we are ungrateful for opportunity. And it will lead to an end result that does not feel hollow. One where we do not feel taken advantage of. Learning that helped me so much.”
Hadid concluded her story: “My sis Halima, you have inspired me since the day I met you and you continue to make me proud. Keep shining. Big love.”