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Halima Aden talks contracts and covering up

Arab News
Thursday July 5, 2018

Hijab-wearing model Halima Aden has revealed that she has her coverage requirements built into her contract with IMG Models.

The rising Somali-American star made waves when she first wore a burkini and a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in 2016. She then became the first hijab-wearing model to be signed with IMG Models.

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In a recent interview with CBS News, she revealed that she addressed personal concerns about modesty in her contract with the leading modeling agency.

“When I got that opportunity to sign with IMG models, I made sure I wasn’t conforming,” she said. “Our first-ever sit-down was four hours, and I did it on my own terms.”

Every time I go on set, I know that the people who are doing the shoot already know my requirements. They know what I can wear, they already have an understanding, and I’ve always felt safe.”

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