Hijab-Wearing Model Tells Trump "Just Educate Yourself!"

March 3, 18:33 EST

     Halima Aden - the hijab-wearing model who took the fashion world by storm after making her catwalk debut at Kanye West's Yeezy show - has issued a message for Donald Trump: 'Just educate yourself.'

Since her New York Fashion Week appearance, the 19-year-old has appeared on the cover of the influential CR Fashion Book and walked for Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara in Milan.

The Somali-American, who moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota when she was six and was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, told Cosmopolitan.com the President could learn valuable lessons by speaking to people from different cultures. 

She said: 'What I do is I always try to educate myself about my neighbors, about the people I meet. I think that's something that our president could do.

'We all have different things that make us strong and weak, but if we communicate and we really open ourselves and open our hearts, you're going to be amazed by the things that you can learn.'

She added: 'Everybody that comes from a different culture, they always [know] something that you've never thought of. Something that you could use, you know? So just educate yourself.'

Aden first rose to prominence last year as the first Miss Minnesota contestant to wear a hijab and was recently signed to major model agency IMG.

The President's controversial proposed travel ban - currently suspended - could prevent people from seven Muslim countries from traveling to the US.

      In response, Aden said she is 'proud' of America's diversity and hopes that it will continue to be a central characteristic of life in the US. 

'America has always been a land of diversity, basically made up of immigrants, and that is something I want to see continued. It's something I'm proud of when people think of America. 

'I want them to see the richness - how we are close together even though we all come from different creeds, different backgrounds, different religions. That's something I want to see continue,' she said.

Aden applied for the Miss Minnesota pageant after she 'stumbled upon' Miss Universe online.

She said: 'Here's a company that's been celebrating diversity of beauty for over 65 years. I wonder if I could join.'

Aden said she is 'proud' of the positivity around her story and of her faith and that the fashion world has 'welcomed me with open arms'.

She said that designers have been 'very accepting' of her faith and of her dressing requirements.

It was Carine Roitfeld, who is editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book and a Yeezy stylist, who put her forward to walk in the label's NYFW show.

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