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Who is Ugbad Abdi, the rising hijabi model?

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Ugbad Abdi is the rising star of the runway. The 18 years-old hijabi, revelations of the season, has already walked for household brands like Valentino, Fendi or Lanvin.

Ugbad Abdi is the revelation of the year in the world of fashion. Indeed, just in the matter of a few weeks, the Somali-born model was able to walk in the latest Karl Lagerfeld’s show for Fendi in Milan alongside the Hadid sisters and made history as the first-ever hijabi model to walk for the brand.

Breathtakingly beautiful, the young woman is also a sign of real change. She is “the model who breaks the boundaries”, as Vogue US dubbed her in a feature article in February 2019 issue.

Born in Somalia during a civil war, Ugbad Abdi spent the first nine years of her life in a refugee camp in Kenya. “I never felt like I missed something,” says the young woman in the magazine. “I had friends, family, food and a roof, and I was very grateful for that”. She then moved with her family to Des Moines, in the United States, and made sure to pursue her studies. Two months after her graduation, a recruiter from the Next Models Agency spotted her.

In January, the young woman marks the spirits by walking for Valentino haute couture, alongside big figures like Alek Wek or Naomi Campbell. On Instagram, Ugbad Abdi declares never being so happy in her life. ” I’ve always dreamt of walking for Valentino and to think that it is the first-ever show I’ve walked for is so bizarre”.

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I have never been more happier in my entire life until today. My very first show is @maisonvalentino Haute Couture SS ’19 and I am out of this world right now!!!! Valentino has been my absolute favorite show to look forward to every time because it never fails to take my breath away. I’ve ALWAYS dreamt of walking for Valentino and to think that it is the first ever show I’ve walked for is sooo bizarre!!!!! 🤯 THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU @pppiccioli , #JoeMckenna , @italia3bis and the entire Valentino family for believing in me and letting me walk for your breathtaking show, it is my greatest honor to have walked for @maisonvalentino. I am eternally grateful for everyone who was involved in making my dream become a reality today. THANK YOU @nextmodelsparis for making my first time in Paris so special and unforgettable.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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