Halima Aden first made headlines last month when she competed in the Miss Minnesota pageant.
The 19-year-old didn’t win, placing in the top 15 contestants, but her choice to wear hijab and a burkini during the swimsuit portion of the pageant threw her into the spotlight in an even more significant way.
IMG announced on Wednesday that it has added Aden to its wide-ranging roster of models that already includes the likes of Gigi Hadid, Hari Nef, and most recently, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.
In a recent interview with BoF, Aden said:
“I [want] to spread a positive message about beauty and diversity, and to show other young Muslim women that there is room for them.”
Aden made her New York Fashion Week debut yesterday at Yeezy Season 5. She’s also set to appear in the next issue of CR Fashion Book.