Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue To Feature First Hijab-Wearing Model

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Fashion model and former refugee Halima Aden, August 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

A Somali American woman has become the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

The magazine announced on Monday that Halima Aden, 21, will be one of the models featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue on May 8. The Muslim model was born in Kenya at the Kakuma Refugee Camp and moved to the United States at age 7. Aden returned to Kenya for her Sports Illustrated (SI) photoshoot and posed at Watamu Beach for photographer Yu Tsai.

“I keep thinking [back] to 6-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Halima told the publication. “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…

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