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This Teen Made History by Wearing a Burkini at the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant

Miss Minnesota USA Muslim Contestant
Alishba Kazmiā€”AP In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by Alishba Kazmi, Halima Aden poses for a photo at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

She hopes it combats misconceptions about Islam

Halima Aden made history over the weekend by wearing a burkini and hijab during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

The competition saw a series of firsts from the 19-year-old, who became the first fully-covered Muslim woman in the contest, and the first contestant to wear the burkini during Sunday’s semi-final swimsuit round. The teenager, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the U.S. at the age of six, did not win the pageant, but she told CBS that she hopes her participation helped combat misconceptions about Islam.

“For a really long time I thought being different was a negative thing. But as I grew older, I started to realize we are all born to stand out, nobody is born to blend in,” Aden told CBS. “How boring would this world be if everyone was the same?”


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