Halima Aden becomes first Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to wear hijab, burkini

Halima Aden becomes first Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to wear hijab, burkini


Somali-American model Hal
ma Aden is once again mak
ng history, this time by
ecoming the first woman t
wear a burkini and a hij
b for Sports Illustrated’
2019 swimsuit edition. Aden, 21, who was born in
Kenya and moved to Minnes
ta as a child, appears in
the magazine wearing blue
and black burkinis — a he
d-to-toe wetsuit worn by
ome Muslim women — paired
with colorful coverings a
d matching hijabs. “This is literally a drea
come true,” Aden told Sp
rts Illustrated. “I can’t
even tell you how this fe
ls.” For the photo shoot, Aden
— who is also making her
ebut as a Sports Illustra
ed swimsuit model when th
issue comes out next mon
h — got to travel back to
her home country and shoo
at Watamu Beach. “I keep thinking to 6-yea
-old me who, in this same
country, was in a refugee
camp,” she said during he
shoot. “So to grow up to
live the American dream,
o come back to Kenya and
hoot for SI in the most b
autiful parts of Kenya —
don’t think that’s a sto
y that anybody could make
up.” In 2016, Aden became the
irst contestant to wear a
hijab and a burkini while
competing in the Miss Min
esota USA pageant, in whi
h she was a semi-finalist
She was also the first M
slim-Somali student senat
r at her college, St. Clo
d State University, in Mi
nesota. “We believe beauty knows
o boundaries,” Sports Ill
strated Swimsuit editor M
Day said. “I admire Hali
a, and I consider her an
nspirational human for wh
t she has decided to use
er platform for and her w
rk with Unicef as an amba
sador.” The Sports Illustrated Sw
msuit edition goes on sal
May 8. Other models incl
de Paulina Porizkova, Rob
n Holzken, Haley Kalil an
Anne de Paula.

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