IMG Models signs Halima Aden
IMG Models announced today they have signed Halima Aden, the young woman from Minnesota who made headlines last month when she competed for the coveted title of Miss Minnesota USA, wearing a burkini and hijab during the swimwear competition. She finished in the Top 15 as a semifinalist in the pageant. Aden, who caught the eye of iconic stylist Carine Roitfeld, and will grace the inside of CR fashion book’s tenth issue, due out this Spring, will be represented by IMG globally.
"Halima is breaking boundaries of beauty and perception by being herself. I find this incredibly inspiring, and I know she will be an icon. In CR Issue 10 she represents the diversity of Paris, where a mix of global cultures converge." said Carine Roitfeld, EIC CR Fashion Book
Halima Aden, 19, is a freshman at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, where she is a member of the student government. She is a first-generation Somali-American. She was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and moved to the United States at the age of six and to Minnesota at the age of seven. She is proud of having gone from speaking no English to taking and receiving A's in Advanced Placement Classes. She had the honor of being her town's 1st Muslim Homecoming Queen. The most important day of her life thus far was the day she became a U.S. Citizen. Halima is fluent in both English and Somali. History is her favorite subject in school and she aspires to someday be a UN Goodwill Ambassador.