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This Hijab-Wearing Beauty Contestant Is Making Her Modeling Debut During New York Fashion Week

Halima Aden, the first hijab-wearing woman to compete in Minnesota's Miss USA competition, will make her modeling debut during Kanye West's show.

Somali-American teen, Halima Aden, broke serious ground last November, when she became the first Somali-American woman to compete in Minnesota's Miss USA pageant, and the first woman to wear a "burkini" and hijab during the competition.


Aden rocked the competition and challenged misconceptions about Muslim women. She left an unforgettable  impression on the pageant world.

Now she'll do the same in the modeling world. The 19-year-old recently signed a deal with IMG models, and is set to make her runway debut tonight during Kanye West's Yeezy show for New York Fashion Week, reports Business of Fashion. Let's hope Mr. West has a better concept for his show this time around.

“I wanted to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them,” said Aden.

We'd say she's off to an amazing start!

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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