Game Changing Somali Model Features in Sports Illustrated

Two years ago, Halima Aden made history as the first-ever contestant to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant in a hijab and burkini. Now, the Somali-American is making history again, this time as the first model to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue wearing a hijab and burkini. Aden journeyed back to her stomping grounds of Kenya to shoot her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit spread, which was special for the 21-year-old who was born at a refugee camp and lived in the country before leaving for the United States at age seven. “Don’t change yourself .. Change the GAME!! Ladies anything is possible!!! Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings… can stand together and be celebrated,” Halima wrote in an Instagram post announcing her SI feature.


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