Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model on catwalk
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Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model on catwalk

Halima Aden, a Somali-American born in Kenyan refugee camp, praised for starting a 'meaningful conversation'

Kanye West attends a show for the Alexander Wang collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in September. (photo credit: AP/Dario Cantatore/Invision)
Kanye West attends a show for the Alexander Wang collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in September. (photo credit: AP/Dario Cantatore/Invision)

Rap superstar turned designer Kanye West broke boundaries by putting a hijab-wearing Somali-American model on the New York catwalk Wednesday, unveiling a new, more adult Yeezy Season 5 collection.

Halima Aden, 19, made her runway debut on day seven of New York fashion week at one of the hottest and most exclusive tickets in town — West’s at times experimental collaboration with Adidas.

She walked in front of West’s reality star wife Kim Kardashian and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour not long after West was slammed by fans for meeting then president-elect Donald Trump in December.

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp and now a US citizen, her appearance in such a high-profile show will propel her into a much bigger league than did the headlines she first made last year — when she became the first woman to compete in a Miss Minnesota beauty pageant in a hijab.

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