Perhaps critics are right when they say this generation's supermodels are different than ever before: at least that's the case for Halima Aden. As the first hijabi supermodel — who moved to America after being a Somali refugee — she represents a new era in which fashion isn't just affected by politics behind closed doors. Aden has used her platform from the start to speak about her experiences as a black Muslim woman, how the fashion industry has taken steps to improve representation, and why her work as a UNICEF ambassador is just as important to her as any runway show.
At the celebration of her being named the face of Max Mara's exclusive Middle Eastern capsule collection, Bazaar sat down with Aden to talk about what's on her plate at the moment, what she hopes for the future, and how she's always just one DM away for girls who don't see themselves in the media.
Click play to watch our chat with the gracious and gorgeous soon-to-be supermodel, Halima Aden.