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Kanye features Muslim model Halima Aden in Yeezy Season 5

Kanye features Muslim model Halima Aden in Yeezy Season 5

But now Halima will be that role model for millions of women and girls across the globe, starting from this week.

The budding runway star will walk in Kanye West's "Yeezy Season 5" fashion show Wednesday at Pier 59, and she just wrapped a shoot with famed fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti for CR Book's March issue.

Kanye's a bit of a Marmite character - you either love him or hate him - but he's definitely getting a huge thumbs up for his latest fashion show. She's a Somali-American who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and has just signed with the agency IMG.

He also made a fashion history by letting a Muslim model, Halima Aden walk his show wearing her hijab - perhaps a jibe at his friend, USA president Donald Trump's attempted Muslim ban. She wore her hijab in today's show of course, making a subtle yet noted statement of inclusivity.


Vogue magazine said the garments were faux fur, although the BBC has been unable to verify that report.

Kanye's show won praise from critics, who called it his most "demure" show yet and welcomed the fashion range's expanding colour palette - he added blues and reds to the line's traditional black and brown colour scheme. "Don't ever change yourself..." While there's little information on how Aden immigrated to the US, she is a MInnesota resident and an American citizen. "I think it's going to be a great collection - it always is".

Aden has previously spoken about not compromising her values for the industry. "The fact that a Muslim woman could have media attention - and it being positive - has been awesome", she said.

"A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you're covered up and they're not used to it", she told Minneapolis TV station KARE in November. I get to represent. According to fans, the couple's departure from the event didn't really affect the great impact the show has made to the audience.


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