Sports Illustrated Breaks New Ground with a Model Wearing a Hijab and Burkini in Their Swimsuit Issue

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If you pick up the 2019 swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, you’ll see something you’ve never seen in the magazine’s pages before: a model wearing a hijab and a burkini.

Halima Aden, a 21-year-old Somali-American model, is making history with her photos for the iconic magazine, shot by photographer Yu Tsai at Watamu Beach in Kenya.

Aden wore a collection of colorful hijabs and burkinis for the shoot. Some Muslim women wear burkinis, which are swimsuits that cover the entire body except for the face, feet, and hands.

Aden said in the Twitter video below., “Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab.”

Aden grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya before immigrating to the United States when she was 7-years-old. She said, “I keep thinking to 6-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp. 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.”

This isn’t the first time Aden has made history. Back in 2016 she became the first woman to wear a hijab onstage during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

And she graced the cover of Vogue in that magazine’s first group hijabi cover with models Ikram Abdi Omar and Amina Adan.

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This April, #VogueArabia celebrates modest fashion, with Halima Aden (@halima), Amina Adan (@amina_adan), and Ikram Abdi Omar (@ikramabdi), gracing our covers. In an issue dedicated to female empowerment, we catch up with US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, athletes Ibtihaj Muhammad and Zahra Lari, and CEO Ghizlan Guenez, among other inspirational women. Want to know more? Visit Vogue.me for the full scoop. Cover 1 of 4 في عدد أبريل، تحتفي #ڤوغ_العربية بالأزياء المحتشمة، مع حليمة آدن، وأمينة آدن، وإكرام عبدي عمر، واللواتي يتألقن على أغلفة هذا العدد المكرس لتمكين المرأة. وعلى صفحاته، نلتقي نائبة الكونغرس الأمريكي إلهان عمر؛ والبطلتين الرياضيتين ابتهاج محمد، وزهرة لاري؛ والرئيسة التنفيذية غزلان غينيز، وغيرهن من النساء الملهمات. هل ترغبون في قراءة المزيد؟ تفضلوا بزيارة موقع ڤوغ العربية لتطلعوا على جميع مواضيعه الحصرية. الغلاف الأول من بين الأغلفة الأربعة Editor-in-Chief Manuel Arnaut (@mrarnaut) | Photography: Txema Yeste (@txemayeste) | Fashion Director: Katie Trotter (@katieellentrotter) | Make up: Karim Rahman (@karimrahmanmakeup) | Text: Christine van Deemter (@christine_vand)

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