KANYE West dominated fashion news this week as model Halima Aden walked the runway at Yeezy Season 5 wearing a hijab. Aden, born in a Kenyan refugee camp, has previously caught attention last year as she was a contestant for Miss Minnesota and proudly wore burkini during the swimsuit section.
She is set to make her mark in the fashion industry in the future, as she is now signed with IMG Models, with her first big magazine feature in the March issue of CR Fashion Book. She represented Muslim women at one of New York Fashion Week’s most popular and highly anticipated shows, highlighting how exciting things are to come.
PLUS-size model Ashley Graham has made headlines this week, as she walked for the Michael Kors Fall 2017 show.
She wore a grey knitted dress with a thigh slit and belt. It’s rare to see curves like hers in a show by a designer like Kors and she’s only a UK size 14, which is hardly ‘plus’ size.
Kors had taken inspiration from his love of the beach, shown through looks like transforming a sarong into draped dresses in abstract animal prints featuring on the catwalk to a violinist version of ‘Sweet Dreams’. 2017 may well be the year of Graham, as she started the year featuring on the front cover of British Vogue and Cosmopolitan UK.
Kors wasn’t the only designer to cast a mix of straight and plus-size models, as Prabal Gurung did in his most recent show and made a political statement with the uber-feminist finale with slogan tees reading ‘our minds, our bodies, our power’.
SERENA Williams sports swimwear for the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Williams wore seven swim styles on the Turks and Caicos shoot, including a topless look and a thong bikini. “I’ve never worn a thong bikini, so for that to be my first shot was like a shot of espresso for me because I had to wake up immediately,” she told Sports Illustrated.
MUSLIM designer Anniesa Hasibuan had an all-immigrant cast of models at New York Fashion Week.
Last season, Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan made history by becoming the first-ever designer to present a New York Fashion Week collection with hijabs. Now, amidst a season where multiple brands have taken the opportunity to raise political statements with their shows, the Muslim designer decided to respond to the anti-immigrant policies we currently face by casting her show entirely with immigrants and second-generation children of immigrants.
During castings, models were interviewed about their thoughts on what is happening in politics. She told Elle: “For me, fashion is an open world. I don’t want to discriminate. The ability to express diversity in this business is a value that I hold on to.”