Halima Aden, an American model of Somali origin, is likely to make history by becoming the first woman to pose in hijab and burkini, for the swimsuit edition of the famous Sports Illustrated magazine (SI Swimsuit).
Aden, 21, was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven.
He made headlines in 2016 when he competed in the Miss USA contest. and reached the semifinals. Already she became the first model to wear hijab (veil covering the head and the chest) or bur burkini & # 39; (a female swimsuit that hides almost the entire body, as well as part of the face, hands and feet). ) in each round of competition.
Now, in announcing the filming details, SI Swimsuit said he could not imagine a place more appropriate for the filming of his special edition than the picturesque Watamu beach in the country where Aden was born.
"I kept thinking about myself for six years when, in this same country, I was in a refugee camp," the model told the magazine during the filming. "Growing up and living the American dream, returning to Kenya and modeling for the YES in the most beautiful parts of Kenya … I do not think this is a story anyone can invent."
Aden appeared earlier in the covers of Vogue (where she was the first cover model to wear a hijab) and Allure. In addition, she participated in New York Fashion Week and became the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.
"Sports Illustrated is showing that a girl in a bikini can stand beside another girl wearing a burkini, that women can stick together and encourage each other, celebrating our diversity"he said in an interview during the program" Good Morning America ".
SI Swimsuit's editor, MJ Day, said the magazine "beauty has no limits" and described the model as "an inspiring person" and "one of the great beauties of our time, not only outward but also inside ".
Although historical photoshoot has generated an infinite number of positive reactions and compliments to Aden for breaking down barriers in the modeling world, some users have questioned his decision to appear on it.
"This edition is for men to play and have fun with these pictures, the main goal of the hijab is modesty and protection of sexuality," said one user.