Doha: International fashion model Halima Aden, will be a special guest at the opening of the 16th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition tomorrow, organisers announced.
Aden will be flown in by Qatar Airways to attend the exhibition on the latest Arabian and modest fashion, and participate in a discussion on women’s empowerment in fashion and the arts on the first day of the event.
A Somali-American model, Aden made history as the first hijab-wearing model to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine’s swimsuit issue donning the modest attire favoured by many women. Aden, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and moved to the United States when she was seven years old, first made waves when she wore a hijab and burkini during the swimsuit competition of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in 2016, becoming the first contestant to do so during the pageant. She has since been featured on fashion magazine covers across the world, having made the cover of Vogue Arabia twice, challenging the meaning of conventional beauty across the globe.
At Heya, in collaboration with Bianca Bonomi, publisher of Harper’s Bazaar Qatar, Grazia Arabia, and Esquire Qatar, Aden will participate in the ‘Celebrity Talk: Breaking boundaries, a history of firsts’, where she will share her journey to success and the rise of modest fashion on the international fashion scene. The talk will take place on the main stage at 5pm on the opening day.
Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until Tuesday at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).