The Somali-American "hijabi" model Halima Aden who rose to fame for becoming the first woman competitor to wear a hijab and burkini in a US beauty pageant has announced to quit from fashion/entertainment industry.
Halima is leaving runway fashion shows because the industry has forced her to stray away from her religious beliefs. Despite her success as a Black Muslim woman in the industry, Aden said she often felt pressured, as she described feeling uncomfortable during photoshoots.
A practicing Muslim, the 23-year old model made the announcement on Instagram citing that she is finding it troublesome to keep the 'balance' between her identity, religion and work. Therefore has decided to quit the glitzy glamorous world of fashion to focus more towards Islam and its teachings.
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Halima was 19 years old when Aden made her modelling debut at New York Fashion week in 2017. She became an overnight star after being hailed as the world's first Muslim hijab-wearing supermodel. Following her participation in the pageant, Halima received national attention and was signed to IMG Models. She was also the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.