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It has been announced by Sports Illustrated that Halima Aden will be the very first model to ever pose for a photoshoot in their latest Sw...

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Features Somali Refugee Wearing a Hijab and Burkini

It has been announced by Sports Illustrated that Halima Aden will be the very first model to ever pose for a photoshoot in their latest Swimsuit issue donning a hijab and “burkini.”

Fox News reports:

The Somali-American model previously made history at 19 years old by competing in the Miss Minnesota U.S.A. pageant as the first person to ever wear a hijab and burkini during the show. She made it to the semi-finals of the competition.

Born in Kenya at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Aden moved to the United States at age 7. However, Sports Illustrated brought her back to her home country for her rookie spread on Watamu Beach with photographer Yu Tsai.

“I keep thinking [back] to 6-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Halima explained in the Sports Illustrated announcement. She explained, “So to grow up to live the American dream [and] to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya — I don’t think that’s a story that anybody could make up.”

Sports Illustrated reported that the Muslim model previously made the cover of British Vogue and Allure. She also made an appearance on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

“We believe beauty knows no boundaries,” Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day explained. “I admire Halima, and I consider her an inspirational human for what she has decided to use her platform for and her work with Unicef as an ambassador. She is, in my opinion, one of the great beauties of our time, not only outside but inside. When we met, I was instantaneously taken by her intelligence, enthusiasm and authenticity.”

Day also stated, “We both believe the ideal of beauty is so vast and subjective. We both know that women are so often perceived to be one way or one thing based on how they look or what they wear. Whether you feel your most beautiful and confident in a burkini or a bikini, YOU ARE WORTHY.”

Sports Illustrated reported:

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Halima Aden is the newest member of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit family, making history as the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine.