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1st hijab-wearing supermodel quits fashion shows over religious beliefs

Halima Aden, the Somali American model, said she is leaving runway fashion shows because the industry has forced her to stray away from her religious beliefs.In a series of Instagram story posts, the 23-year-old spoke about how the job made her more detached from her identity.

“I can only blame myself for caring more about opportunity than what was actually at stake,” wrote Aden, one of the first models to wear a hijab while representing mega fashion labels.Despite her success as a Black Muslim woman in the industry, Aden said she often felt pressured, as she described feeling uncomfortable during photoshoots.She said a break due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic “opened” her eyes.“I have finally realised where I went wrong in my personal hijab journey,” said Aden, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and moved to the US at seven.

News source ~ Aljazeera