Halima Aden Is the First Woman to Wear a Hijab and Burkini in Sports Illustrated

By www.GlobalCitizen.org , Leah Rodriguez

Somali American model and UNICEF ambassador Halima Aden just made Sports Illustrated history.

Aden is the first woman to be featured in the magazine’s famous annual swimsuit issue wearing a head covering hijab, as well as a modest burkini suit that covers the whole body except for hands, feet, and face.

Out May 8, the magazine shot Aden for the 2019 swimsuit issue on a beach in Kenya, where she was born in the Kakuma refugee camp.

Muslim women in the fashion industry see the magazine’s move as a major step for representation.

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