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Halima Aden: Muslim model appears in Sports Illustrated wearing a burkini | World News



A Muslim model became the first woman to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine wearing a burkini.

Halima Aden, who is Somali-American, appeared prominently in the annual issue of swimsuit magazine.

A burkini is a type of swimwear that covers the whole body, except the face, hands and feet, with the design intended to respect the Islamic traditions of modest dress.

Aden was born in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the United States at the age of seven.

The model returned to Kenya for the Sports Illustrated session at Watamu Beach on the southeast coast.

Aden, who is also wearing a hijab in the spread, said: "I keep thinking [back] At the age of six I was in a refugee camp in the same country.

"So, grow to live the American dream [and] to go back to Kenya and shoot for Sports Illustrated in the most beautiful parts of Kenya – I do not think it's a story anyone can invent. "

The 21-year-old singer made headlines in 2016, when she became the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA contest, where she was a semi-finalist.

In 2017, she became the first model dressed in hijab to appear on the front page of a major US magazine when it appeared on the cover of the Allure women's publication.

She also appeared on the cover of British Vogue.

MJ Day, editor of Swimsuit, said: "We believe that beauty knows no boundaries.

"I admire Halima, and I consider her an inspiring human for which she decided to use her platform and her work with UNICEF as an ambassador.

"She is, in my opinion, one of the great beauties of our time, not just outside but inside.

"When we met, I was instantly seized by his intelligence, enthusiasm and authenticity."

The 2019 edition of the Swimsuit is due out May 8.


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