The hijab-wearing model has been redefining traditional standards of beauty, diversifying the modelling industry and outwardly representing Muslim women — who have hitherto been scarce in the modelling industry — both on the catwalk and in an editorial capacity.
Within weeks of signing to agency IMG Models, Aden was shot for the cover of Carine Roitfeld 's CR Fashion Book. She is also the first model to grace the covers of Vogue Arabia and Allure Magazine wearing a hijab, and was tapped by teen-outfitter American Eagle to introduce their denim hijab, starring in their Summer 2017 campaign wearing the headscarf. In 2018 she starred in covers for British Vogue and Teen Vogue.
Aden was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, moving to St. Cloud, Minnesota, aged seven. In 2016 she competed in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant — the first Somali-American to do so — and made it to the semi-finals. The Muslim model was also the first contestant in the pageant to wear a hijab throughout the competition, and the first to forgo skimpy swimwear in favour of a burkini during the swimsuit round of the contest.
Her participation in the contest caught the attention of international media, and in 2017 she was signed to IMG Models. Despite only being 5ft 5, she went on to make her catwalk debut during New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 at Yeezy, and also walked for Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara in Milan.