In the last couple of seasons, we saw an influx of veils in the collections of renowned fashion houses. And while many international designers are opting to send out models wearing towering turbans and neatly tied scarves, others are choosing to up the ante on representation by casting hijab-wearing models for their Fall 2019 shows.
Among the scores of inimitable game-changing women who are breaking the modeling mould are a group of four friends hailing from Finland, who walked the Aalto Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear show together last week. The newcomers, who have no prior modeling experience, looked like seasoned pro’s as they sashayed down the Finish brand’s runway during Paris Fashion Week wearing modest ensembles, like oversized wool jumpers, long, plaid outerwear, wide-legged trousers, and their hijabs.
Also making an appearance during Paris Fashion Week is Feriel Moulaï, an Algerian model who had her second turn on the catwalk for Christelle Kocher’s womenswear label Koché. Moulaï, and is signed to Bame Models in the UK and Dominique Models in Brussels, made her runway debut last September for the Paris-based brand. The model also walked for IA London during London Fashion Week.
There was also Ugbad Abdi, of Somali descent, who has emerged as fashion month’s breakthrough model. The 18-year-old, who spent her formative years at a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family when she was nine, has caught the attention of casting directors the world over. Shortly after making her modeling debut during Paris Couture Week, Abdi has gone on to walk for a majority of Fall 2019’s biggest shows, including Burberry, Fendi, Lanvin, Off-White, and more.
Considering the fact that up until Halima Aden, who appeared at Tommy Hilfiger and Christian Cowan, made her modeling debut less than two-years-ago, there wasn’t a single hijab-wearing model on the international fashion week schedule, one can definitely say that the industry is showing signs of changing for the better.