Sports Illustrated features swimsuit model wearing a hijab and burkini

Sports Illustrated is making history by featuring the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the swimsuit edition of the magazine.

SI released a statement saying, “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Halima Aden is the newest member of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit family, making history as the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine.”

Aden was born in Kenya and moved to the United States at the age of seven after growing up in a refugee camp. The magazine flew her back to her home country for her photo shoot.

The model says she’s excited to be chosen for the edition because growing up she “never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab.”

SI editor MJ Day says, “We believe beauty knows no boundaries. I admire Halima, and I consider her an inspirational human for what she has decided to use her platform for and her work with Unicef as an ambassador. She is, in my opinion, one of the great beauties of our time, not only outside but inside. When we met, I was instantaneously taken by her intelligence, enthusiasm and authenticity.”

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