In November 2020, Hijab-wearing mannequin Halima Aden introduced that she was quitting modelling.
Now, in her current interview with BBC, the place she spoke with designer Tommy Hilfiger, the 23-year previous mentioned, “The final two years, I trusted the staff on set to do my hijab and that’s once I bumped into issues,” she mentioned, including “like denims being positioned on my head instead of a daily scarf. The way in which they styled it, I used to be to date faraway from my very own picture. My hijab saved shrinking and acquired smaller and smaller with every shoot.”
To this, the designer agreed, stating it was a “flaw” within the trade, and inspired the younger mannequin to “really feel proud” for sticking to her beliefs. “It’s embarrassing to be a part of a enterprise that has such outrageously antiquated concepts,” he may be heard saying within the video.
The mannequin additionally reinstated that individuals within the style trade are very exploitative and that variety is usually decreased to tokenism. “There must be variety within the make-up crew, hair (and) stylists. It’s not nearly having a various catwalk. It’s additionally in regards to the individuals behind the scenes,” Aden, who can be the primary hijabi mannequin to function on the duvet of Vogue, added.
The mannequin, who broke boundaries along with her appearances believes talking out has given power to many. She hopes that aspirant fashions will know that “Halima has taken one for the staff”.
Chatting with BBC final yr, she had pinned down transferring away from who she is as the rationale for quitting. “I finally drifted away and acquired into the complicated gray space of letting the staff on-set fashion my hijab,” she had mentioned then.