"Don't ever change yourself... Change the game," says Somali-American Halima Aden who has taken the world by storm time and time again.
Aden has competed at the Miss USA beauty pageant, signed with the world's top modelling agency and has just walked the New York Fashion Week runway showcasing Kanye West's Yeezy collection ... all while wearing the hijab.
"The game" has definitely been changed.
Halima is IMG Models' first hijabi model
The 19-year-old university student made her runway debut on Wednesday at one of the most anticipated events in the fashion world, NYFW.
Flaunting a full-length fur coat, Aden made her debut with American singer Kanye West's fashion line Yeezy, which presented its Season 5 collection. With her striking facial features, bold attitude and of course, her black hijab, Aden caught everyone's attention.
This comes shortly after she had announced that she had signed with international modelling agency IMG Models, which is home to Gigi and Bella Hadid and Miranda Kerr. The agency has signed Muslim models before, but Aden has become its first hijab-wearing model.
"I signed with the top modeling agency in the WORLD and still wore my hijab as my crown. Don't ever change yourself... Change the game," she wrote on Instagram.
President of IMG, Ivan Bart told Cosmopolitan, "I found that she was just so brave to stick to what she really believed in and yet go after the American dream of being in a beauty contest."
Aden was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and moved to the U.S. when she was 7 years old.
She first made international headlines last November when she became the first Miss USA contestant to wear a hijab. She competed in the Miss Minnesota beauty pageant and made it to the top 15 out of 44 women.
In the competition, Aden modeled outfits abiding by the conservative Muslim dress code and even wore the burkini in the swimsuit segment of the show. She looked stunning, nonetheless.
Aden told People that she hopes to inspire other girls to break barriers and follow their dreams, as well as refute stereotypes surrounding Muslim women.
"Growing up, I never got to see women who dressed like me being celebrated," she said. "It was just really sad because every time I did get to see someone who looked like me they were either oppressed or portrayed as a victim, and most of us are not in that category."
Hijab was all the rage at NYFW
Aden was not the only one to remind us that the runway is not at odds with hijab and modest-wear.
Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan actually had an all-hijab show at NYFW for the second time in a row, as her collection featured a hijab in every look. Plus, her models were all first or second generation immigrants, which sends a strong political message to U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies.