Published Feb 16, 2017 06:59pm

Kanye casts hijab-wearing model for his latest Yeezy collection

Rap superstar turned designer Kanye West broke boundaries by putting a hijab-wearing Somali-American model on the New York catwalk Wednesday, unveiling a new, more adult Yeezy Season 5 collection.

Halima Aden, 19, made her runway debut on day seven of New York fashion week at one of the hottest and most exclusive tickets in town -- West's at times experimental collaboration with Adidas.

She walked in front of West's reality star wife Kim Kardashian and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour not long after West was slammed by fans for meeting then president-elect Donald Trump in December.

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp and now a US citizen, her appearance in such a high-profile show will propel her into a much bigger league than did the headlines she first made last year -- when she became the first woman to compete in a Miss Minnesota beauty pageant in a hijab.

Style bible Vogue said her appearance made her the show's “most talked-about new face” and credited her with starting a “meaningful conversation” by proudly representing Muslim women at fashion week.

While finding looks that meet her required modesty can be challenging, Aden told Vogue that so far her experiences had been positive.

“My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it's okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” the magazine's website quoted her as saying.

“I haven't received any pressure to be anything other than myself,” she told Vogue, “and for that, I am so grateful.” The Season 5 show saw West apparently bounce back from a reported mental breakdown as his family was still recuperating after Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October.

And after a fiasco last season, which saw one model collapse due to extreme heat, West bucked the trend and refused to broadcast it live.

It was a radical departure for the 39-year-old whose shows have been over the top -- presenting at locales from Madison Square Garden to New York's Roosevelt Island -- since he started his fashion line two years ago.

But on Wednesday his latest collaboration with Adidas was shown in a more traditional, stripped-down industrial space in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in an area along the Hudson River used by other designers.

Guests were warned not to use phones, take pictures or videos, and not to post anything on social media -- but of course, those warnings appeared on social media anyway, as did a few photos.

The clothes departed a bit from his usual sportswear, though that influence was still present.

Denim hit the Yeezy catwalk for the first time, in the form of high-waisted jeans, shirts and jackets.

Coats in leather or fur put the label into another sphere, as did an anthracite gray blouse with a decidedly feminine cut.


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Mike London Feb 16, 2017 08:19pm

Amazingly beautiful.

rashid nasim Feb 16, 2017 08:51pm

God bless you

saima Feb 16, 2017 09:24pm

So proud of you !!!! From one proud muslim fan to another proud muslim .

Muzaffar Saeed Feb 16, 2017 11:14pm

American Society is basically Liberal and is Humanity Based Society...

Rev. Eldrick Lal Feb 17, 2017 03:07am

She looks ravishingly beautiful!

BL Feb 17, 2017 05:51am

Hijab, niqab, burka,whatever is a cultural issue .It does not represent religion of Islam. West is completely confused. Now they found the way to make money out of it-Great

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Feb 17, 2017 06:17am

Beautiful woman :)

Masood Feb 17, 2017 08:54am

VERY beautiful and very photogenic. She is going places.

mohammad khan sydney australia Feb 17, 2017 11:25am

Hands up for Kanye West brave courage

MA Feb 17, 2017 01:43pm


fateh alam Feb 17, 2017 02:08pm

Brave muslim women reveals her fantastic outlooks being herself

TRUMPOFINDIA Feb 17, 2017 03:28pm

Is not it modelling about skinshow. Does this cute lady accept swim suit design s aswell?

Khilari Feb 18, 2017 03:44am

Somalians are beautiful people.

syedchaudhrygangadinkhan Feb 19, 2017 04:58pm

@TRUMPOFINDIA : Every body has a price. She will accept anything for the right price.