21-Year-Old Halima Aden Just Became the First ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Model to Pose in a Hijab and Burkini

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21-Year-Old Halima Aden Just Became the First ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Model to Pose in a Hijab and Burkini
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  • Sports Illustrated announced today that 21-year-old model Halima Aden is joining the rookie class of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 edition.
  • Oh, and Halima is the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the mag, which is beyond.

Sports Illustrated has announced that 21-year-old Halima Aden will be featured in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit spread, and here’s why that’s a big effin’ deal: (1) Halima’s a rockstar who has already made history, and (2) Halima is now the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine’s swim edition! Which!!!!

Obviously fans are pretty psyched about it, and Halima’s right there with them. “Don’t change yourself .. Change the GAME!!” she wrote on Instagram. “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. Thank you so much @si_swimsuit & the entire team for giving me this incredible opportunity.”

Honestly, her pics are ev-er-y-thing.

Halima Aden

Halima grew up in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, before moving to the United States as a child. She posed for her SI spread on Kenya’s Watamu Beach.

“I keep thinking [back] to 6-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” she said to SI. “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.”

Check out Sports Illustrated’s full announcement here.

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