Somali-American Halima Aden breaks barriers by going from a refugee camp to the runway, wearing her hijab.
The 19-year-old model is redefining beauty standards in an industry long-plagued by its lack of diversity.
It's also another sign the hijab, one of the most visible signs of Islam, is becoming more mainstream, with advertisers, media giants and fashion firms promoting images of the traditional headscarf in ever more ways.
Nike announced the launch of a breathable mesh hijab in spring 2018, becoming the first major sports a traditional Islamic headscarf designed for competition. Teen apparel maker American Eagle Outfitters created a denim hijab with Aden as its main model. The youthful headscarf sold out online in less than a week.
It was only a year ago that Aden made headlines as the first hijab- and burkini-sporting contestant in the history of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
Her rise to success is even more notable given that she was born in Kakuma, a United Nations refugee camp in Kenya.
She settled in the US at age 7 with her family, initially in St Louis.
In America, she was an A-student and homecoming queen. Now, her ultimate goal is to become a role model for American Muslim youth.
"Call it naive. But I just think you know I'm doing me and I have no reason to think that other people are against me," she said.
Source: International Media