For first time, model wears burkini in Sports Illustrated

The model was the first to wear a Hijab in the 2016 Miss Minnesota contest.

April 30, 2019 11:03
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For first time, model wears burkini in Sports Illustrated

Fashion model and former refugee Halima Aden, who is breaking boundaries as the first hijab wearing model gracing magazine covers and walking in high profile runway shows has her makeup applied during a shoot at a studio in New York City, U.S .August 28, 2017. Photo taken August 28, 2017.. (photo credit: BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS)

Somali-American model Halima Aden is the first Sports Illustrated model to be featured in the magazine in a Burkini. The photographs of the Kenya shoot will be published in the upcoming May 8 issue, Yahoo News reported.

Aden also wore a Hijab during the shooting, another first for the magazine.

The Muslim model told Good Morning America that the magazine's decision to feature “a girl that's wearing a bikini... right alongside a girl that's wearing a burkini” shows that “as women we can come alongside each other and be each other’s biggest cheerleaders.”
MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, said the upcoming magazine is "one of the biggest and broadest samplings of beauty that we've ever featured."

"Now girls are going to be able to see they don't have to change themselves," she said. "They don't have to conform to fit in."

The magazine has in the past featured plus-size models such as Ashley Graham and Philomena Kwao as well as African-Americans models like Beyonce and Tyra Banks.

Israeli model Bar Refali made history in 2009 when she became the first Israeli to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated.  She was followed by Esti Ginzburg in December 2012. 


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