‘I Lost Touch with Who I Was’

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Halima Aden is saying goodbye to runways after reflecting on how she has been portrayed by the fashion industry.

The 23-year-old model shared a series of childhood photos, fashion campaigns and photoshoots she had been involved in that she said had made her feel pressured to compromise her religious beliefs, namely her decision to wear the hijab, for her career. Aden, who is Somali-American, is Muslim, fled Kenya as a child and was raised in Minnesota.

“I wish I never stopped bringing my black hijab to set,” she wrote in one photograph of herself wearing a black hijab. “Because the minute I got comfortable… well let’s just say I got too carried away.”

Aden saved her Instagram Stories from Tuesday in a Highlight available on her account.

“But… this isn’t even my style?? Never was. Why did I allow them to put jeans on my head when at

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