Hijab-clad model walks the runway for Kanye West

Halima Aden at the Miss Minnesota USA competition last November.
Halima Aden at the Miss Minnesota USA competition last November.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • For rapper Kanye West's Yeezy fashion show on Wednesday, Somali-American model Halima Aden strutted the catwalk wearing a floor-length fur coat and a hijab.

The 19-year-old, who competed in the Miss Minnesota USA competition wearing a burkini and recently scored a major modelling contract with talent agency IMG, made her runway debut on day seven of New York Fashion Week at one of the hottest tickets in town.

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

Making his first major public appearance three months after being hospitalised for exhaustion, West debuted the fifth season of his high-end athleisure wear collection for Adidas.

The collection was dominated by denim, high-waisted jeans, hoodie sweatshirts, baseball caps, cargo pants, knee-high boots and, of course, sneakers.

The show was not live-streamed on the music streaming website Tidal, as some of West's shows had been in the past.

Many social media users expressed their frustration when they learnt they would not be able to watch the shows online, but critics were positive about the singer's latest show, saying that the emphasis was on his new collection, rather than him.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2017, with the headline 'Hijab-clad model walks the runway for Kanye West'. Subscribe