Having a hijabi model walking at Paris Fashion Week is kind of a big deal. Algerian model Feriel Moulaï’s appearance for Koché in 2018 is believed to have marked the first time a model represented veiled women during Paris Fashion Week. Moulaï hit the runway in a country where “ostentatious religious signs” are banned in public, making her appearance nothing short of historical.
18-year-old Somali Ugbad Abdi walked her first ever runway show for Maison Valentino then quickly for Anna Sui, Simone Rocha, Victoria Beckham, Max Mara, Roberto Cavalli, Moncler, Off-White, Sebastien Meunier and Marc Jacobs. She walked alongside the Hadid sisters in the late Karl Lagerfeld’s last show for Fendi in Milan and made history by taking to the runway in her hijab.
Somali-American model Halima Aden was the first hijabi to walk in New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, becoming a rising star in the industry. Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, the trailblazer has walked for mainstream luxury brands including Yeezy, MaxMara and Philipp Plein.
The 25-year-old is widely recognized as the world’s first hijabi model. Born to Pakistani and Moroccan parents in London, Idrissi rose to fame overnight after her H&M campaign aired. She was first spotted while she was working at a children’s shop at a mall in 2015, and has since gone on to shoot editorials for magazines around the world as well as acting as a public speaker and passionate philanthropist.
Ikram Abdi Omar
Ikram Abdi Omar is an emerging catwalk model who debuted at London Fashion Week, walking for Molly Goddard. Having also walked at London Modest Fashion Week, the British model is set to take the modeling industry by storm.