Fashion week always brings with it a slew of new faces; and new faces means more representative force in one of the most visual sectors of our cultural sphere. More and more, designers are casting models that actually reflect the modern diversity of our population.
Kadija Diawara is our favorite NYFW breakout star. Her physical stats are straightforward: tall at 5’9″, a 24″ waist, and brown eyes.
Only one thing stands out. Under the section “Hair” reads the word “Other.”
Diawara is a hijabi model, joining the ranks of established models like Halima Aden who cover their hair on the runway.
We first saw Diawara in Danielle Cathari’s first collection for Adidas Originals. Her hijab and bright yellow tracksuit battled for attention on the catwalk. The up-and-comer, who is signed with 28 Models, would go on to walk Chromat, Pyers Moss and Maki Oh during her first season. Currently, Diawara is working on a shoot with Nylon Magazine.
Halima Aden paved the way for hijabi inclusion on the runways; with the introduction of Amina Adan by Max Mara and Ikram Abdi Omar walk the Molly Goddard show in London. We are seeing a beautiful rise of inclusion for Muslim women in the world of fashion.
To celebrate and take a peek at the inside world of fashion from a hijabi model’s perspective, Muslim Girl had a chat with Kadija Diawara on her foray into fashion as well as her personal fashion week essentials.