Fall/winter 2017 was a landmark fashion month defined by fervent political expression in the form of slogan t-shirts, and one that saw the long-overdue presence of a model of color in every single NYFW show. It was also a season that welcomed, for the first time, covered models like Halima Aden, who made her catwalk debut for Yeezy Season 5 (followed by MaxMara and Alberta Ferretti). From the moment Aden stepped out, carrying the complex history of a Muslim, refugee-born Somali American, she’s widened the industry’s understanding of inclusivity. With each subsequent trailblazing moment, among them a historic burkini-clad shoot for Sports Illustrated, Aden has proved that modesty is not about religion. It’s about freedom of expression.