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Muslim Model Halima Aden Flashes Her Braces in American Eagle’s #ICAN Campaign

Muslim model Halima Aden fronts American Eagle Outfitters' "I Can" campaign.

Somali-American model Halima Aden in American Eagle Outfitters’ “I Can” campaign; Image: American Eagle Outfitters

Halima Aden’s career continues to gain momentum. The Somali-American, hijab- and braces-wearing model — who’s graced the covers of CR Fashion Book, Vogue Arabia and Allure and walked the runways of Max Mara, Alberta Ferretti and Yeezy — stars in American Eagle’s new fall campaign.

#ICAN is a continuation of American Eagle’s #WeAllCan campaign — a joint effort with creative agency Laird + Partners — which debuted last fall and aims to encourage the teen brand’s young customers to embrace who they are, follow their passions and be creative. Once again, the teen brand recruited a cool cast of millennials “who really stand for something themselves.”

Vogue favorite Cass Bird reprised her role as photographer, shooting a diverse group of influencers that includes Aden, model Amanda Steele, Los Angeles Laker and artist Brandon Ingram, rapper Joey Badass, professional bull rider and model Bonner Bolton, as well as model and body positivity advocate Iskra Lawrence. (We expect we’ll continue to #MeetTheNewCast over the coming days — last fall’s crew was a dozen strong.)

“If you talk to her, she believes in pulling out the authenticity of whoever she’s shooting, and reflecting that back,” American Eagle EVP and CMO Kyle Andrew has said of Cass Bird’s style. “Authentic” is one way to describe the photos. We’d also add “cool” and “unexpectedly chic” (at least compared to the brand’s pre-Laird + Partners campaigns).

We particularly love that Bird spotlights Aden’s adorable, silver-lined grin. In most editorials, we’re shown a soulful-eyed, flawless-skinned, full-pouted version of Aden. A laughing, unself-conscious smile looks much more natural on the famously friendly teen. Once again, the brand that spearheaded the anti-retouching movement knocked it — it being its latest diversity-celebrating campaign — out of the park.

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[ via Allure ]