Halima: Somali American Model (2018)

Halima Aden, a former refugee and Somali American model navigates her rise in a demanding New York fashion world and family expectations in the Midwest United States.


Eugene Yi


Halima Aden


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Halima Aden Halima Aden ... Herself


Halima Aden has heard it all: "You're not Somali enough. You're not a good Muslim. You're not American enough. I have multiple identities, multiple things that make me who I am." For the 21-year-old Somali American model, it all comes with being the first. "Not an easy thing to be when the world wants you to be one thing or the other." It's been nearly two years since Halima shot to fame as the first contestant to wear a hijab and burkini at a Miss USA beauty pageant in Minnesota. She has since been featured on fashion magazine covers and billboards across the world, challenging the meaning of conventional beauty in the United States and abroad. But Halima desires more. At New York Fashion Week, she prepares to navigate a demanding industry in hopes of becoming a high fashion model and icon. It's a very different world from the one she grew up in, as a refugee in Kenya, and later in St. Paul, Minnesota. A world that Halima's mother does not want her to forget.

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A former Somali refugee who is now a rising American model is forced to navigate a demanding New York fashion world and family expectations.


Documentary | Short



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English | Somali

Release Date:

2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA See more »


Box Office


$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mike Shum Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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