American Muslim supermodel Halima Aden speaks at the Jakarta Halal Things festival at Senayan City, Jakarta, on Saturday. (JG Photo/Nur Yasmin)

Jakarta Halal Things Presents World's First Muslim Supermodel Halima Aden

BY :NUR YASMIN

DECEMBER 07, 2019

Jakarta. An Islamic cultural conference kicked off in Jakarta this weekend to represent Muslim ways in an array of interests and businesses, from travel and Sharia banking to digital economy and fashions.

Organizers of the Jakarta Halal Things festival have invited American model Halima Aden, known as the first model to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and at least 50 speakers to lead discussions in various panels.

In her first visit to Indonesia, Aden will share her views in women empowerment. Born as a refugee in Kenya, Aden is now an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).

An exhibition of Muslim products and halal foods was held during the two-day event at the Senayan City Mall in South Jakarta.

“The demand of halal products globally has transformed various industry lines, especially in Indonesia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population,” Desy Bachir, co-chairman of Jakarta Halal Things, said on Saturday.

The key speakers included former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno, actress Dewi Sandra, actor Teuku Wisnu, preacher Ustadz Solmed, Director of Halal Center Malaysia Muhammad Elyas Harun and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

The festival will end with a charity concert featuring Chiki Fawzi and music group the Groove and SIVIA with a ticket of a mere Rp 20,000 ($1.5).

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