But in a refreshing change of pace, Kanye chose to take things back a considerable notch with Yeezy Season 5. The show was subtle -- understated, even! -- but made headlines nonetheless, even amidst all the other NYFW hullaballoo. A large part of this can be attributed to Halima Aden, the 19 year old Muslim American who walked the Yeezy runway while wearing a hijab.
Chance are, you recognize Halima; she first made news in 2016 for being the first to don a hijab and burkina during the Miss USA Minnesota pageant. Since then, she's found success as a model, signing with one of the largest agencies in the world, IMG Models (also home to Ashley Graham, Gisele Büncheden, and Chanel Iman, to name a few). She was also featured in Caroline Rotfield's CR Fashion Book, in which she was photographed by Mario Sorrentini and touted as "a breakout star".
The buzz surrounding Halima reached an all-time high after yesterday's Yeezy showing. She walked the runway in a lux, floor-length fur coat and hijab. Despite Kanye's best attempts to keep social media footage of the show at a minimum, showgoers still managed to capture footage of Halima in live-time.
Can we appreciate somali born hijabi halima aden modelling for yeezy ????? she slayed my existence pic.twitter.com/bP7olroNVQ— Social blogger (ish) (@sugarandwaffles) February 15, 2017
Halima herself commented via Instagram that she was excited to "spread the message that diversity IS beauty!"
I signed with the top modeling agency in the WORLD and still wore my hijab as my crown. Don't ever change yourself ..Change the game?? I can't thank @evelienjoos, @carineroitfeld , @ronnie_hart , and @benperreira enough for believing in me. Thank you so much @usastatepageants for opening this door ?? I am so excited to join the @imgmodels family and spread the message that diversity IS beauty ????
by Imaiya Ravichandran