A Somali-American model has become the first to wear a hijab and burkini in the swimwear edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.
The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit featuring the 21-year-old Muslim model Halima Aden will be released on May 8, according to Sports Illustrated.
The magazine shared news about the history-making model on its Twitter account Monday.
Aden’s spread features a photo shoot done in Kenya. She was born there at the Kakuma Refugee Camp before moving to the U.S. at the age of seven.
“I keep thinking [back] to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Halima said during her shoot, according to Sports Illustrated. “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.”
Although Sports Illustrated has challenged beauty standards before by featuring plus-sized models and a female MMA-fighter, the move marks a big shift for the magazine, which normally features models posing seductively in skimpy bikinis and barely-there one-pieces.
“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.
It is not the first time Aden has made headlines. The then 19-year-old model was the first competitor to wear a burkini and a hijab during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in 2016.
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