Somali-American model, Halima Aden has become the first ever model to wear a hijab and burkini for the Sports Illustrated magazine's swimsuit edition.
According to the Sports Illustrated, the annual journal with the 21-year-old Muslim model Halima Aden is set to be released on May 8.
The magazine shared the news about their history-changing model on their Twitter account this Monday.
— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) April 29, 2019
Halima’s story features her photo shoot done in Kenya.
Halima Aden was born in Kenya at Kakuma Refugee Camp until relocating to the United States at age 7.
CAPTION: Halima Aden in a Hijab and Burkini.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Aden said,
I keep thinking [back] to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,
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.
Prior to this, the magazine has challenged beauty standards by working with plus-sized models and a female MMA-fighters.
The recent shift marks a big move for the magazine, which generally features seducing models posing in skimpy bikinis.
In a statement, editor MJ Day said,
Whether you feel your most beautiful and confident in a burkini or a bikini, YOU ARE WORTHY,
It's not the first time Halima has made the news.
At the Miss Minnesota USA contest of 2016, she became the first contestant to wear a hijab and a burkini.
She is also the first Muslim student ever to be crowned homecoming queen in her high school.
Since her career debut, Halima Aden has worked popular magazine and walked ramps for major designers.