On International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world to share how they're empowering others. Here's Halima Aden's story.
Refugee-turned-model Halima Aden became the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete in a hijab and continues to do so in her successful modeling career around the world.
During the two-day beauty pageant in 2016, Aden showed only her face, making her the first contestant to wear a hijab and a burkini in the pageant. According to Aden, this pageant was an opportunity to dispel the narrative that many Muslim women are oppressed.
"I empower women by staying true to myself and also encouraging them to go out and not be scared to be the first. If you don't see yourself represented in any given field, take it upon yourself to be the one."