Aden was announced as a UNICEF ambassador in July this year. The 20-year-old was the first model to sport a hijab at fashion weeks in both New York and Milan
Somali-American supermodel Halima Aden, an ambassador for UNICEF, is using her voice to advocate for children’s rights. helps to keep children safe and protects their rights, no matter where they are. That work is more essential now than ever, with nearly 50 million children uprooted across the globe. Who do you hear?”
Aden, as a UNICEF ambassador in July this year. Aden has described her appointment as a “lifelong dream” and her “proudest accomplishment to date.” Her mission is to “put children first.”As an immigrant herself, she possesses a unique understanding of the needs, hopes and dreams of the 30 million children around the world who have been forcibly displaced by conflict.
The 20-year-old was the first model to sport a hijab at fashion weeks in both New York and Milan. She made history by being the first woman to wear a hijab at a Miss USA state pageant and was the first model to wear her hijab on the covers of major women’s magazines, such as Allure, British Vogue and Teen Vogue.
Aden seven years with her parents moving to the US. Growing up, UNICEF played an important role in her life as it provided her with an education. She has earlier stated her concerns about immigrant children who are being separated from their families at the US border.
The pioneering Muslim model’s passion for helping refugees, particularly children, has taken her to many places. The activist most recently visited a refugee camp in Somalia, where she shared her story with hundreds of children.
“Although the children here may be refugees, first and foremost they are children. They deserve every opportunity to flourish, to hope, to dream, to be successful,” she had said.
Earlier, she travelled with UNICEF Next Generation from Mexico City to Chiapas, the southern Mexico state bordering Guatemala, where she met with migrants living at local shelters and migrant women attending village schools. In March this year, Aden inspired students at UNICEF’s Annual Summit in Washington, DC by speaking at the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership panel session.