Rihanna recruit Halima Aden was one of the models who appeared in the singer’s Fenty Beauty campaign video, released last week. At a party for Art + Commerce’s 30th anniversary on Friday evening, Aden opened up about modeling for the singing star.
“Incredible,” she said of the experience. “It was my first modeling job. It feels like forever ago. I’ve been so excited to share the news now that it’s finally out.”
The Somali-American model went viral last year in November when she competed in the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab. The Internet buzz she received caught the attention of Rihanna’s camp; a member reached out to Aden via Instagram shortly thereafter.
“[Rihanna] is somebody I look up to,” said Aden. “I love her music and she’s amazing.”
Though she isn’t walking in any fashion shows this week — “a little sad about that” — getting to spend time with Rihanna at her Fenty Beauty launch party on Thursday more than made up for it.
“I got to meet her alone,” said Aden. “I had some VIP time.”
She shared a few videos of the two on Instagram after the launch.