Somali-American Model Becomes First Burkini Clad Model To Feature In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

A Somali-American model, Halima Aden has become model model wearing a hijab and and burkini to appear in the swimwear edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.

The swimwear edition featuring the 21-year old will be released on May 8, according to Sports Illustrated.

The magazine too to twitter to share the news.

Some of Aden’s photos were taken in Kenya – the country she was born before moving to the U.S. at the age of seven.

Aden was born there at Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp.

“I keep thinking [back] to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Halima said during her shoot.

“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.”

“Whether you feel your most beautiful and confident in a burkini or a bikini, YOU ARE WORTHY,” Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day said in a statement released by the company.

This is not the first time Aden is making the news. She was also the first competitor to wear a burkini and a hijab during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in 2016.


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