This beauty was the first woman to compete for Miss Minnesota USA in a hijab and a burkini. But before that, she lived at a refugee camp in Kenya. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Halima Aden.

Halima moved to Missouri through a refugee Resettlement program when she was seven years old. With a serious work ethic and of course her beauty, she was handed a modeling contract with IMG.

But Halima didn’t become just an ordinary model, she also became a role model to others. She remained true to herself by not changing just to fit society’s definition of a “beautiful.” She continues to walk international runways in a hijab and has modeled for some of the most biggest names in the industry, including Fenty Beauty.

Besides modeling, Halima always takes time out of her busy schedule to assist the UNICEF in their work with refugees around the world. She also talks to colleges and universities about diversity in fashion and the power of representation. It is an important conversation that helps young adults understand that they don’t need to be like everyone else, they can be original and confident, and still succeed (probably even more).

Halima said she never felt beautiful when she was younger because she never saw someone that looked like her on TV or on billboards. Now she is making sure that no kid ever feels the way she felt by being that figure who is Muslim and black in the modeling industry, which is something you don’t see.

Thank you Halima for staying grounded in your culture, embracing who you are, and inspiring women to just be themselves. Halima Aden is a girls with beauty and brains.

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